The Impact of International Human Rights Law on the National Laws of Ethiopia from a Gender Rights and Disability Rights Perspective

  • Theresa Rouger


As the importance of disability as a human rights issue is recognized more consistently internationally, the question arises as to whether this international interest transfers to practices at local country levels. To what extent do international agreements and treaties make a difference at local level? With reference to the situation on the African continent as a whole, it has been suggested that the question of disability rights and the realization of these rights can easily be separated from more general question concerns about governance at country and regional level. This chapter takes the situation of Ethiopia as a case study and after a brief introduction examines the links between policy in Ethiopia and international codes and conventions. The particular lens of the analysis will be through a gender rights and disability rights approach. As may be expected, there are some disjunctions between Ethiopian practices and international prescriptions, and some suggestions for changes in approach to the field are made.


Supra Note Racial Discrimination Female Genital Mutilation International Convention State Party 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theresa Rouger
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  1. 1.Université Catholique, Lyon and Centre d’études francoaméricain (C.E.F.A.M.)International School of Business ManagementLyonFrance

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