About Us

DEMER Justice Research and Training (DEMER) is a consulting firm for legal research and training that encapsulates a wealth of experience in the justice sector. Established in 2019 by a well-recognized expert in the justice sector, Dr Menberetsehai Tadesse (the former Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia and former judge of the COMESA Court of Justice), DEMER specializes in justice and legal studies, dispute resolution, research, training and justice reform.

Trainings and workshops

  • Improving the Legal Framework for Doing Business in Ethiopia
  • Law and Development and Legal Pluralism in Ethiopia
  • Applying the Sectoral Approach to the Legal and Judicial Reform in Ethiopia
  • Civil Justice in Ethiopia
  • Criminal justice in Ethiopia


  • Legal & Justice Reform
  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Access to justice, gender and child rights
  • Transitional justice
  • Justice and governance research, legal information and surveys

Dr Menberetsehai Tadesse

Dr. Menberetsehai Tadesse is the former Deputy Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia and a former judge of the COMESA Court of Justice. He currently serves as a justice reform consultant in international and domestic courts and other government organs. He also teaches criminal justice in the post graduate program at Addis Ababa University. He has extensive knowledge and experience in justice reform and court modernization as well as in  teaching, judicial education and justice research.


DEMER’s vision is to be a leading research and training institute, committed to driving social change through high-quality, evidence-based research and training that promotes justice, human rights, and equity in all forms.


Our mission is to provide cutting-edge research and training that advances justice and social change. We strive to be adaptable, innovative, and responsive to emerging trends and issues in our field, while maintaining the integrity and rigor of our scholarly work. We recognize the impact of our work on individuals and communities and work tirelessly to promote positive social outcomes.

Core Values

We adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards, and conduct our work with transparency, accountability, and honesty.

 We believe in the power of collaboration and partnership, and work closely with our clients and stakeholders to achieve shared goals and maximize impact

We embrace creativity, innovation and are always seeking out new and better ways to advance justice and promote positive social outcomes.

We are committed to ongoing learning and continuous improvement, and seek out new ideas, insights, and best practices to inform our work and ensure the highest quality outcomes.

Our Partners

We work in partnership with the following sectors: –

The judiciary, prosecution services and the police

International organizations (UN Women, UNDP, World Bank)

Non-Profit Organizations

Construction sector

Medical sector

Private sector

Research Institutes and Foundations

Small-Medium Enterprises