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APPEAR Project No. 49: Academic Partnership on Legal and Human Rights Education (APLHRE) between Karl-Franzens University Graz (KFUG/IILIR), Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU-IFLS), and Addis Ababa University (AAU-IHR) KICK-OFF MEETING University of Graz 15–16 December 2011 On 15 and 16 December 2011, the Kick-Off Meeting for APPEAR Project No. 49 took place at the University of Graz, Austria. THE PROJECT The project was developed in response to the partnership demands of the participating Ethio- pian institutions during the preparatory phase. It coincides with the implementation of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s latest Five-Year Development Plan, which gives special attention to education sector development. The project’s overall aim is to strengthen and improve capacities related to legal and human rights education in the two partner institutions, the Institute of Federalism and Legal Studies of the Ethiopian Civil Service College (ECSC) and the Institute of Human Rights of Addis Ababa University (AAU). Project coordination lies with the Institute of International Law and International Relations of the Karl-Franzens University of Graz (KFU), assisted in part by the European Training and Research Institute for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC). The project covers five academic core activities, which together are intended to enhance the teaching, research, training and management skills of the participating Ethiopian partners. These activities include: Six short-term exchange visits (co-teaching at partner institutions); assistance in curriculum development for a graduate program in „Human Rights and Federa- lism“ (ECSC) as well as a specific “Human Rights Training” program (AAU); organization of two joint research workshops; and, finally, organization of two “Human Rights Academies”, to be held in Addis Ababa in fall 2012 and fall 2013 respectively. Moreover, the project will cover the supervision of Ethiopian PhD candidates at the University of Graz. MEETING PARTICIPANTS o Asfawossen Asrat Kassaye, AAU/Office of the Vice President o Girmachew Alemu Aneme, AAU/IHR o Kalkidan Negash Obse, AAU/IHR o Samson Kassahun Belachew, ECSC-IFLS o Solomon Abay Yimer, ECSC-IFLS o Mohammud Abdulahi Hussien, ECSC-IFLS o Wolfgang Benedek, KFUG-IILIR o Christian Pippan, KFUG-IILIR o Mesfin Ayele, KFUG-IILIR o Reinmar Nindler, KFUG-IILIR THE MEETING Day One: The Meeting started at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by the Project Director, Prof. Wolfgang Benedek, representatives of the Ethiopian Civil Service College and Addis Ababa University. Following the first working session, in which a Draft Joint Commitment of Project Implemen- tation (JCPI) was discussed, the Ethiopian delegation was taken on a guided tour of the Karl- Franzens-University. This was followed by a visit to the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), where the group was welcomed by the ETC’s director, DDr. Renate Kicker, and introduced to currently on-going ETC projects. After lunch break, working sessions continued. Later in the afternoon, the group was joined by the Dean of the Law Faculty of KFU Graz, Prof. Joseph Marko. Following an intensive and fruitful debate on a draft document, the final text of the Joint Commitment was adopted at the end of the afternoon session. It was officially signed in the evening during a joint dinner, which ended activities on day 1. e Commitment of Project Imp Signature of the Joint C o plementation, 15.12.2011 wo: Day Tw y eeting, discu On the second day of the Me he o mplementation took ussion on th details of project im The was s place. T focus w on the schedule of activities for the first year of the project, in f f t e ncluding g nt , n demy and a research w teaching visits, join teaching, the human rights acad L workshop. Likewise, ational ques organiza ed stions relate to projec reporting, publication of researc results, th trans- ct , n ch he unds and pro fer of fu otion were r oject promo d raised and discussed. ential part o the discu An esse of cerned the distribution of tasks in relation to project ussion conc d n o stration and management among th participa adminis he s; ating Ethiopian partner institutions a point was ally fully clarifie which w eventua successf ed. A great deal of work had to be finished by the delegations within two days After two days of intense work and debate, the Kick-off Meeting ended in the afternoon of day 2. All participants agreed that it was an extremely productive meeting, which streng- thened the partnership between all participating institutions and successfully laid the path for the future implementation of the project. Participants were in good mood on the second day of the Kick-Off Meeting.
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