Posted on: Jul 28,2015
A parliament simulation moot court event had taken place on January 15, 2015 inside Brown Hall. The program was organized by Amicus Promotion and Communication in collaboration with Dire Dawa University School of Law intended to be part of a TV show which is expected to be aired on Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporate.
The event was a simulation of the Ethiopian parliament where a motion for enactment of a new law on environment was presented. Two students advocated for acceptance of the motion by the parliament where another two students advocated for the rejection of the motion. The two side students (student Tekelemuz G/ sellasie and Dawit Radae being one side and Remedan Jemal and Zemere Yeshitila being another side presented their case to the parliament. Instructor Hilina Ashenafi had played the role of Speaker of the House.
The main issue raised on the debate was “Is the public’s constitutional right to participate in decisions that affect the environment duely protected by the existing law?” The students who advocated for the motion argued that the existing environmental laws and institutional framework failed to adequately realize this constitutional right. The arguments raised, inter alia, are the following:
On the other hand, the students who advocated that the existing law is adequate to protect the public’s right to participate in decisions that affect the environment raised the following arguments:
A really hot debate was made by the two side participants. Both sides accepted questions raided by the Speaker of the House and members of the house and answered accordingly raising important articles codes. The students were well prepared and admirations were poured from everyone who attended the debate. Finally a vote was made by the members of the house and the motion was approved with 51 supports, 36 rejections and 8 abstinence.
According to instructor Hilina Ashenafi, the School had made a tremendous preparation for the program. The issue of the debate was prepared and developed by the staffs of the school. And the students who passed the screening were coached by the Law School staffs for weeks on the legal issue.