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, 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.