Book Chapter

The Reference and Ethiopian Constitutionalism

Erika Arban

The Canadian Contribution to a Comparative Law of Secession | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2019


After a brief historical introduction in Part I, this chapter proposes to broadly revisit the principles discussed in the Reference to assess their role and impact in the Ethiopian Constitution. More specifically, Part II offers an overview of the principle of federalism in Ethiopia, while Part III discusses respect for minorities and ethnicity as central tenets of the current Ethiopian federal architecture. Part IV is devoted to constitutionalism and the rule of law, and Part V thoroughly analyses the secession clause as combined with the democratic principle. The conclusion will assess lessons and legacy of the Reference in the Ethiopian context.

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