LA-DEM-MED Working Paper Series

This series presents research findings on topics relevant to Law, Democracy and Media issues in Ethiopia. Submissions for the publication of a research working paper are welcome from all professionals; please see the submission guidelines below for more details.

Submission guidelines

Submitted papers will be reviewed by the Editor and a relevant member of academic staff from LA-DEM-MED to ensure these meet our editorial guidelines.

Most peer-reviewed journals do not object to the pre-publication of research as working papers. However, some may refuse to review or publish research which is already available online. As this varies by journal, and by discipline, it is the responsibility of the author to check the guidelines of publications that they may wish to submit to in the future.

LA-DEM-MED will publish approved submissions online as PDFs and publicise on our social media channels.

Submissions should be sent to and must include:

  • An abstract of 100-250 words that describes the research question, methods, and findings
  • 3 keywords for indexing
  • Author contact details and short biography

If you have any questions on the submission process or suitability of a paper, please contact us on the above email.

Working Papers



The issue of combating harmful traditional practices has been on the UN agenda since the1950s. Earlier efforts only focused on the health impacts of harmful traditional practices.Developments starting from the late 1980s, however, have shown a shift to a broader humanrights-based approach that conceptualizes the problem as Violence Against Women (VAW)and children. Though this progressive trend was firmly grounded in positive international lawwith the introduction of several regional treaties designed to combat VAW, the absence of asimilar universal treaty has been a source of concern for many, triggering a debate. It is againstthe background of this broader debate that this paper aims to examine the adequacy of theinternational legal framework that is in place to combat harmful traditional practices. Afterreviewing and analyzing relevant provisions scattered in various treaties, the paper arguesthat, even without the need to introduce a separate treaty on violence against women, thereare sufficient substantive rules in the existing treaties at the UN level that can help to combatharmful traditional practices. What is needed, therefore, is strengthening implementation,monitoring and access to justice efforts in a manner that takes into account the nature ofharmful traditional practices both against women and children.


LA-DEM-MED is funded by NUFFIC under the Orange Knowledge Programme.