Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Chasing Modernity: A Reflection on Legal History

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Chasing Modernity: A Reflection on Legal History
Documentary screening followed by discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Leyou Tameru | Moderated by Professor Tseliso Thipanyane, Ramapo College
April 9, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
361 Grace Dodge Hall, Teachers College, 525 West 120th street

In 1960, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia proclaimed five major laws, setting in place the building blocks of the contemporary legal system. More than fifty years and three governments later, this documentary re- examines the legal system with a focus on the Civil Code, one of the few pieces of legislation to have remained in effect throughout these major changes. The documentary tells the story from the perspective of actors in the legal community of Ethiopia ranging from different generations. Through reflections on the Ethiopian legal system, the documentary seeks to initiate a conversation on the status of the legal systems in African countries as they celebrate 50 years of independence.

Leyou Tameru is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Addis Ababa University Law School where she has lectured courses on a part-time basis. She is a Legal Consultant and Researcher and has worked with law firms and international organizations based in different parts of Africa. She is also a columnist at The Ethiopian Reporter and writes about legal, socio-economic and political issues related to the African continent.