On the occasion of the 28th year of Eritrea’s Independence, the Eritrean Law Society (ELS) is publishing a major study that seeks to address critical issues of concern widely felt by Eritreans from all walks of life about potential threats posed to the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of Eritrea. These concerns have been on the rise particularly since Eritrea and Ethiopia officially declared an end to a state of war that persisted for twenty years and decided to move towards the restoration of bilateral relations.
Initially, the rapprochement between the two countries was received with widespread admiration and a sense of optimism. However, as far as Eritrea’s national interest is concerned, there are critical issues of concern raised by a growing number of Eritreans, concerns that called for a weighed-up consideration and legal analysis, using the most appropriate provisions of international law and operational laws of Eritrea, including the 1997 Constitution of the country.
The study conducted by ELS tried to address issues such as: the legal or constitutional competence of the Eritrean Government to enter into the kind of agreements that have been entered with Ethiopia recently; and other key considerations related to potential threats posed to the sovereign independence and territorial integrity of Eritrea and the position of international law on such kind of issues. A full version of the study will be posted online on 24 May at midday (Central European Time) on the official website of ELS.
On the occasion of the 28th year of Eritrea’s Independence, ELS wishes the Eritrean people a happy National Independence Day, by also reminding the Eritrean legal profession and all peace-loving Eritreans and friends of Eritrea to continue exerting all the necessary endeavour in realising the other unfulfilled aspirations of the Eritrean people, most importantly the establishment of a politico-legal order based on respect for the rule of law.