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  • DR. ZEWDINEH BEYENE HAILE

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    Dr. Zewdineh Beyene Haile is a renowned Ethiopian lawyer who holds double doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a PhD from the Moscow State Academy of Law. He also holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) and Master of International and Area Studies (MIAS) from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Haile regularly lectures at law schools and is currently an adjunct professor at Bahir Dar University School of Law. Trained in both the civil law and common law systems, he has taught courses in international business transactions, international dispute settlement, construction, and trade as well as company law and investment law. He is the author of many studies on topics ranging from law reform to institutional policy. He is currently writing a book addressing the courts and justice system in Ethiopia. He is fluent in Russian.

    Dr. Haile transitioned from a position as a government lawyer within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, where he headed departments including the United Nations Specialized Agencies and International Organizations and the Neighboring Countries and Nile Basin States, to private practice nearly two decades ago. Dr. Haile has since become one of the most preeminent High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Cassation litigators and has litigated numerous high-stakes cases. Dr. Haile has represented State agencies and State-owned enterprises in many negotiations and international arbitration proceedings in Africa, Asia, and Europe. He has also appeared as an expert witness in transnational litigation matters including before the High Court of London. As a practitioner licensed and based in Ethiopia, he regularly advises foreign companies conducting business in Ethiopia. Among others, he has represented and advised Dow Chemical, McKenzie, Duet Beverages Africa, Swed Fund, Veridos GmbH, Giesecke & Devient FZE, Klaver Lilly BV, Langano Lilly Flowers PLC, Boston Partners, Ching Che Real Estate, Bolloré Africa, and Fleuramica SA. He has represented non-profit organizations including the British Council, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative Foundation, ADRA International, and Buckner International.

    His areas of expertise include international arbitration and litigation, government relations, public contracts, construction law, corporate law, private equity and other forms of investments. He has served as lead counsel representing African Governments in a number of international arbitration cases in such areas as transportation, construction, oil and gas, mining, maritime, trade and investment. Dr. Haile serves on the boards of educational institutions including a university, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Dr. Haile is a member of the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, American Society of International Law, Ethiopian Lawyers’ Association, the Ethiopian chapter of Advocates Africa, the Pan African Lawyers’ Union and East African Lawyers’ Union. He was also a member of Global Council on the Rule of Law of the World Economic Forum.

    e-mail :zewdineh@addislawgroup.com

     

  • JACKSON SHAW KERN

    Jackson Shaw Kern has acted as counsel across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, where he represents sovereign States, State entities, and State enterprises as well as private interests in a wide range of contentious matters.

    These have included the oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, construction, technology, and trading sectors in recent times, and in disputes arbitrated under the rules or auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the European Development Fund (EDF). The amount in controversy in the case has exceeded one billion dollars.

    Jackson has instructed counsel acting before the courts in diverse national jurisdictions, including the Admiralty and Commercial Court of London, and has been a visitor to leading law firms in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Lima, Peru.

    Jackson is a past visiting fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and a frequent guest lecturer at institutions in Africa and beyond. He is a member of the Bars of New York, Washington, DC, and Montana.

    In collaboration with Jose Daniel Amado of the Catholic University of Peru and Martin Doe Rodriguez of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Jackson is an author of the recently published title Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors, now available from Cambridge University Press.

    " Jackson Kern is a tenacious and imaginative litigator of natural cross-cultural awareness, and particular force in Africa. " Roderick Cordara QC, SC

    Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors
    Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors

    e-mail :jsk@addislawgroup.com

  • PROF. WON KIDANE

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    Professor Dr. Won Kidane has represented African Governments in a wide array of international litigation and arbitration matters ranging from infrastructure, construction, railway, and oil and gas to commodities trading. He has represented SOEs at critical stages of relationship formation ranging from contract negotiations, dispute prevention, contract management, mediation, and conciliation to arbitration and court litigation. He has also counseled companies in private equity ventures, contract negotiations, and dispute resolution. Professor Kidane is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Washington State.

    Professor Kidane is a Fulbright Scholar who holds a tenured faculty position as an Associate Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law where he has taught since 2008. Prior to that Professor Kidane taught at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law for three years. Before joining the legal academy in the United States, Professor Kidane practiced international arbitration and litigation with the global law firms of Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper) and later Hunton & Williams in their Washington, DC offices. Professor Kidane is the author or co-author of four books and dozens of law review articles in leading international law journals. His book on China-Africa Dispute Settlement is the first of its kind. His fourth book on the culture of international arbitration by Oxford University Press is widely considered a groundbreaking work in the field. Professor Kidane has also taught law in South Africa, Ethiopia, and China. He is a member of many organizations including the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, the American Society of International Law, and the Academic Forum on Investor-State Arbitration Reform. He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree from Georgetown, a Juris Doctor degree (JD) with honors from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the University of Georgia School of Law, as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from Addis Ababa University.

    e-mail:won@addislawgroup.com