Governance and Development of Eritrea and its Regional Context

6 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015

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Joseph Magnet

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Tolga Raymond Yalkin

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2015

Abstract

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991. Its great promise melted away. Eritrea today is a pariah state, ruled by an authoritarian regime that United Nations organs have condemned for human rights abuses and sanctioned for terrorism and adventurism in the region. Eritrea has never held an election. It lacks effective institutions of governance or civil society. It ranks 182 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index. Per capita income declined from 1995 to 2013 by 21% to $1147 USD. Refugees stream out of the country: twenty per cent of Eritreans now live in the diaspora. There have been recent coup attempts.

This report recounts the events of a colloquium featuring leaders in constitutional design and Eritrean and regional stakeholders. It was convened with the goals of advancing understanding about possible transitions from authoritarianism, governance options and pathways to development.

Keywords: Constitutional design, Comparative constitutional law, Constitutional transitions, East Africa, Transitional justice, Governance

JEL Classification: K00, K19, P20, P30, P50

Suggested Citation

Magnet, Joseph and Yalkin, Tolga Raymond, Governance and Development of Eritrea and its Regional Context (February 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2569636 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2569636

Joseph Magnet (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Tolga Raymond Yalkin

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law ( email )

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

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