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|January 11, 2005
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PROBATION OFFICER TRAVELS TO ETHIOPIA
TO CONDUCT TRAINING ON PROBATION AND MEDIATION
Bristol County Superior Court Probation Officer
Lourenco "Larry" Lopes began 2005 in Ethiopia where he
is conducting training on probation and mediation for attorneys
in the East African country.
Lopes, a 10-year probation officer, is training
30 Ethiopian attorneys at the Ethiopian Arbitration Conciliation
Centre (EACC) in Addis Ababa, one of two arbitration facilities
in the country. The centre, formed by five lawyers with
the help of the Canada International Development Agency,
opened in August 2004.
During the five-day training, which begins
today and runs through the 15th, Lopes will
educate the attorneys about the concept of probation and
give an overview of how the system works based on the Massachusetts
Probation Service as a model. He will discuss the Massachusetts
Probation Service’s origin as the very first probation
department ever established. Lopes will also teach several
seminars on mediation.
"The legal system in Ethiopia is in the beginning
stages of setting up a probation system. This will be the
first time that the group will be trained by Americans
and learn about our legal system," Lopes said. "Because
of the war with Eritrea, their whole system was affected.
Now, they are rebuilding."
This is not Lopes' first trip abroad. Last
year, he spent four months as an intern at the International
Criminal Tribunal interviewing witnesses to the alleged
war crimes of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Lopes was one of several recent graduates of the Southern
New England School of Law selected to participate in an
internship with the prosecutors of the war crimes tribunal
in the Hague.
While Lopes was in the Hague, he applied
for and was accepted to the International Red Cross' annual
course on Humanitarian Law which was offered in Warsaw,
Poland. The 10-day course included topics such as genocide,
international treaties, and rules of engagement for combatants
and prisoners of war.