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Business law in Ethiopia

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
According to the U.S. State Department Human Rights report, the law in Ethiopia provides for an independent judiciary. Nevertheless, although the civil courts operate with relatively great independence, the criminal courts remain weak, overburdened, and subject to political influence.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Nationals and foreigners are formally granted equal treatment under Ethiopian law.
The Language of Justice
Amharic language is the sole official language of Ethiopia.
Recourse to an Interpreter
It is possible to have access to an interpreter in Ethiopia.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Ethiopia's legal system is based on civil law. The main source of the law is the Constitution of 1995. The Constitution establishes a two-house parliament for the federal government: the House of Peoples’ Representatives and the House of Federation, who are entrusted with legislative power.
Checking National Laws Online
Library of the Congress website

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