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Statutory Definitions, is a new page added to the blog. It is placed next to the About page on the Home menu. It contains alphabetical list of some statutory definitions.

The statutory definitions are taken from a compilation titled “Dictionary of judicial and Statutory Definitions of Legal Terms” (Unpublished, 300 Pages). The compilation comprises of all words and phrases defined by the House of People’s Representatives and the Council of Ministers. It also includes judicial definitions by the Cassation Bench of the Federal Supreme Court and definitions found in the CODEs.

Brief note on how to use:

1.      Abbreviations




(P331/03) is to mean Proclamation Number 331/2003 and (R17/97) stands for Regulation Number 17/1997.  A Table of Legislation is provided in the compilation to identify the full title of proclamations and regulations.

2.      Terms having similar definitions are separated by a comma. For instance, the statutory definition for academic staff is provided in the following way:

Academic Staff

(R60/99, R61/99, R62/99, R63/99, and R68/01) means any employee engaged in teaching or research activities

This indicates that academic staff is defined similarly in regulations number 60, 61, 62, 63 and 68.

3.      When one word is defined differently, the definitions are listed in their order of publication on the relevant statutes.

For instance, here is how the definitions of ‘beneficiary’ are listed.


(R91/2003, R154/2008) means a student at a public higher education institution pursuing higher education or training and who has entered into an obligation with the concerned institution for the future payment of the cost of his/her education or training and other services

(P653/09) means a Head of State or Government, Senior Government Official, Member of Parliament or Judge who is enjoying or entitled to the rights and benefits under this Proclamation

(P690/10) means a person entitled to receive the benefit packages under the social health insurance scheme

(P714/2011) means a public servant or his survivor who receives benefits or fulfils the conditions for receiving benefits in accordance with this Proclamation

(P715/2011) means an employee of private organization or his survivor who receives benefits or fulfils the conditions for receiving benefits

(P780/2013) means a person who receives benefits or profits, or is designated as the recipient of funds or other property 

This shows that similar definitions are provided for beneficiary in regulations number 91 and 154. However, the term is defined differently in proclamations number 653, 690, 714, 715 and 780.

  1. No changes have been made to spelling and grammatical errors that appear on the statutes. However, when such errors are likely to create ambiguity, an alternative spelling has been provided. The word or phrase with a spelling error is also included in within a bracket.

For instance let’s have a look at the statutory definition of Rights to Lien:

Rights to Lien (P372/03) it is a preferential rights of the warehouse man over the goods stored in a warehouse or over the pledgee [pleadgee] of warehouse receipts [recipts] or over the bailer or his transferee on the proceeds earned from sale of the goods, in relation to the cost incurred pursuant [persuant] to the provision of this proclamation to store, deposit prepare pack, transport, insure and for Labour and professional work and incurred to properly [preperly] handled the goods and sale including [includily] the unpaid and remaining warehouse cost

The words pleadgee, recipts, persuant, preperly, includily all appear on the legislative text (i.e. proclamation number 372/03).

5 replies »

  1. I paid homage for your passion to create awarness and made accessible Ethiopian laws for the public at large personally… we understand that  you burdened a duty of the “government”…
    Regarding the post, if you could, I think it is paramount that these kinds of materials would be also available for offline users; at least in a pdf format.
    Thanks Abrish!

  2. I am completely against the work entitled statutory definition!!
    It cannot be true at all time
    example, generation defined in connection with electric power but there could be a possibility that our laws use the term generation to refer about human beings!
    SO it the definition doesn’t holds true all the time!!

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