Federalism, International Human Rights Law, Protection of Minority Rights, the Right to Self-determination and Conflict


  • Dudziro Nhengu 378 Rio Street, Norton, Zimbabwe




Federalism Constitution Ethiopia self-determination


This paper analyses the nexus between federalism, international human rights law, minority rights and the right to self-determination, noting in turn how the intersection of these affect the conflict regime in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). The merits and demerits of federalism as an enabler for democracy and peace are measured through an assessment of how the FDRE Constitutional provisions and practices have enabled successful management of ethnic diversities, promotion of good governance, observation of human rights and promoting principles of equality and equity among the ethnic groups. The FDRE Constitution is assessed in terms of how it complies with IHRL, as well as how its leaders balance constitutional norm and practice. The analysis records a sharp irony and a huge gap between what the FDRE Constitution claims to provide for the citizens and what it enables in practice. This ‘constitutionalism deficit’ accounts for the rising levels of conflict in the country to date.


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How to Cite

Nhengu, D. (2022). Federalism, International Human Rights Law, Protection of Minority Rights, the Right to Self-determination and Conflict. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 9(7), 513–558. https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.97.12112