It is my great pleasure in conveying this message as a dean of Law and Governance College (LGC), at Hawassa University. The college of Law and Governance is one of the progressive colleges within Hawassa University, which was established in 2011 as part of the HU restructuring program by then. The college runs both the under-graduate (UG) and the Post Graduate (PG) programs within three distinct academic unites. Currently, LGC is composed of two schools and one department, namely: the school of Law, the school of Governance and Development Studies (GaDS) and the department of Civics and Ethical Studies. The school of Law consists one under graduate program in Bachelor of Law, LLB and three post graduate programs, namely: MA in criminal justice, MA in land and environmental law and MA in commercial law. Likewise, the school of Governance and Development Studies is composed of one under graduate program i.e. Bachelor of Arts ( BA) in Governance and Development Studies and five post graduate programs, namely: MA in Development management, MA in Governance and Development, MA in peace and conflict studies, MA in public management and policy development and MA in international relations and diplomacy. Moreover, the reviewing process of two PhD programs i.e. PhD in Development Management and PhD in Politics and International Relations has been recently finalized and subsequently, both PhD programs will be launched in the coming academic year. The department of Civics and Ethics is also one of the academic unites within college of Law and Governance that consists of two under graduate programs, namely: Bachelor of Art (BA) in Civics and Ethical Studies and Bachelor of Education (BED) in Civics and Ethical Studies. Moreover, the department also hosted one MA program, MA in Civics and Ethical Studies and on doctoral program in Doctor of Education (DED) in Civics and Ethics Studies. Besides, one MA program i.e. MA in federalism is under reviewing. In addition to the academic programs hosted within the college structure, Law and Governance College is providing various common courses (Logic and Critical Thinking, Global Affairs and Moral and Citizenship) for all freshman program students across Hawassa University.
As one of the research universities in Ethiopia, Hawassa University as a hole and the College of Law and Governance as its part are diligently striving to advance the academic and the research engagements of the staff and our graduates. The academic staffs in College of Law and Governance are actively engaging on various research activities related to law, human right, constitution and constitutionalism, election and electoral systems, democracy and good governance, conflict management, international relations, diplomacy, moral and ethics, public management, environmental management, population studies, policy analysis and etc. By their academic nature, the field of the studies within the college of Law and Governance are very accommodative for multidisciplinary approaches across the social science field of studies. Disciplinary researches, thematic researches and collaborative research activities are among others, where the college academic staffs are widely contributing to the academia and problem solving findings to the local community.
Community engagement is the other pillar of the academic institutions in Ethiopia, where the college of law and governance is highly striving to make it reality. To this effect, the CLG has been widely working on Free Legal Aid (FLA) support for vulnerable group of the society among the local communities. Local Capacity Building programs through training schemes are the other community engagement system of CLG where several local community members were addressed. For instance, the college has offered contentious leadership trainings for the local, kebele, woreda and regional office leaders in order to improve their leadership quality. Similarly, female leaders and members of the regional parliament were actively engaged in leadership trainings organized by the CLG. Moreover, international institutional collaboration is also our big deal that the college is highly striving to attain it. Subsequently, the college was successful so far in securing social project funds from EU, ILO, USAID and British-Council that engaged on free legal aid services, Industrial Park labor affairs, community peace building and University peace education issues respectively. Having all these concerns in mind, the college of law and governance is working diligently to ensure the academic excellence of existing programs and to establish other related post graduate programs based on the national priority and it promptly working to advance the research and community engagement activities at a large scale. Hence, we sincerely invite you all to follow our website for the update information of CLG engagements and we are thankful for that in advance.
Debrework Debebe (PhD)
Dean, for College of Law and Governance