Founded in 2014, International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) is a non-profit, non-sectorial and politically neutral professional association and legally registered in the United States. The association is established to contribute to the efforts of ensuring the prevalence of tradition of rule of law, democratic values and respect for fundamental human rights of persons living in Ethiopia and in the Diaspora. In addition, the association closely follows legal development concerning the Oromo, compiles and avails all relevant information to the public.
IOLA is open to any Oromo lawyer, graduate and promising graduate of Law School in and outside of Ethiopia provided they fulfil their membership duty. The association is legally registered in the USA but operational office will be opened in Ethiopia in due course of time. The association depends on the contributions of its members and appreciates donations from persons deemed uncontroversial and fits in to its basic principles.
The IOLA holds an Annual Conference for its members at a different venue at least annually, with speakers foreseen from different backgrounds including but not limited to the judiciary, the Bar, paralegal and Universities dealing with stated objectives and mission of the association; and on other developing relevant issues.
The association aims to partner with similar professional entities and other relevant organizations based in or outside of Ethiopia.