DR. ZEWDINEH BEYENE HAILE
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 School of Law and a PhD from the Moscow State Academy of Law. He also holds Master of Laws (LL.M) and Master of International and Area Studies (MIAS) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Zewdineh 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.
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. He has since become one of the most preeminent High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Cassation litigators in Ethiopia and has litigated numerous high-stakes cases. He also regularly advises foreign companies conducting business in Ethiopia.
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. 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 international arbitration cases in such areas as transportation, construction, oil and gas, mining, maritime, trade and investment.
Dr. Haile serves on the boards of institutions including a university, non-profit organizations, and corporations and is a member of the American Society of International Law, the Ethiopian Lawyers' Association, the Ethiopian chapter of Advocates Africa, the Pan African Lawyers' Union and the East African Lawyers' Union. He was a member of the Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council of the Ministry of Justice of Ethiopia and the Global Council on the Rule of Law of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Russian.