THE ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is composed of 13 prominent legal professionals and scholars drawn from academia, private practice, human rights law, pro-democracy activism, civil society law and other fields. A brief biography of the current and former members of the Council is represented in Annex 1 enclosed with this report

Council Members

Professor Tilahun Teshome

Chairperson of the Advisory Council LL.B., Addis Ababa University

Professor Tilahun is one of the most prominent trial and arbitration attorneys in Ethiopia, in addition to being a highly acclaimed academic. He is a Professor of Law at Addis Ababa University (AAU), where he has served as a full-time faculty member since 1993 teaching courses in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Professor Zekarias Keneaa Tesgera

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., London University,Queen Mary and Westfield College

Professor Zekarias is an associate professor of law at Addis Ababa University, School of Law (AAU). He has a long and exemplary academic career at AAU where he has taught various courses, served the school in different administrative capacities, and most notably, served as Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Dr. Zewdineh Beyene Haile

Member of the Advisory Council J.S.D., University of California

Dr. Zewdineh Beyene Haile is trained in both the civil law and common law systems; 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 various studies on topics ranging from law reform to institutional policy

Mr. Tameru Wondm Agegnehu

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., International Law University of Manchester England

Mr. Tameru Wondm Agegnehu founded Tameru Wondm Agegnehu Law office in 1992. Prior to establishing the law office, Mr. Tameru served in the Ethiopian Judiciary as a Judge of the High Court (1973-1976), as Vice-President of the High Court of Ethiopia (1977-1982),

Ms. Meseret Seyoum

Member of the Advisory Council M.B.A., Greenwich University

Ms. Meseret Seyoum founded Meseret Seyoum and Associates Law Office in Addis Ababa in 2007. She has extensive experience in both national and international legal systems. Her firm is best known for its out of the box outlook, determination of its legal team to find solutions, friendly environment, and for the services it provides to its clients. The main practice areas include corporate and commercial law, merger and acquisition, joint ventures,

Mr. Cherinet Wordofa Wetere

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., Business Law Addis Ababa University

Ato Cherinet Hordofa is a prominent attorney in Addis Ababa. He has a diverse teaching, researching and practicing experience in civil, commercial and criminal cases, both before the Federal and State Courts. He is a part-time lecturer at Addis Ababa University Law School and served as a Federal First Instance Court judge for five years since 1999.

Mr. Liku Worku

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., Advanced Legislative Studies, University of London

Mr. Liku Worku is a consultant and attorney skilled in Ethiopian law, legal writing, contract law, and corporate law. He is the founder of abyssinialaw.com, a website which provides free-access to Ethiopian legal information. Abyssinia Law is administered and maintained by Mr. Liku and plays a big role in fostering access and awareness to all people about the Ethiopian legal system.

Mr. Debebe Hailegebriel

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., University of Pretoria

Mr. Debebe currently works as a legal consultant and advisor. His clients have included many corporations and nations such as the Grecian Embassy, Dutch Embassy, SNV Ethiopia, Development Alternatives Inc (DAI), China Railway Construction Group, and many others. He has also helped facilitate the registration of several international organizations to operate in Ethiopia

Mr. Ali Mohammed Ali

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M. Lund University

Mr. Ali Mohammed Ali is legal consultant and advocate with extensive judicial and academic experience. For nearly 10 years, Mr. Ali presided as a Judge on Ethiopia’s Federal Supreme Court Cassation Bench (2008-2017). Prior to that time, Mr. Ali was a judge in the Zonal High Court of North Wollo for two years (1994-1996) before becoming a judge on the Supreme Court of Amhara Regional State for three years (1996-1999).

Ms. Lishan Weldemedhin Abebaw

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M. Addis Ababa University

Lishan Woldemedhin is a lawyer with combined experience in research, academics and practice. She has an extensive experience in the field of policy analysis and legal research. Her earlier career was divided between assignments with the United Nations International Organization for Migration, Save the Children International and working with Higher Academic Institutions, consulting companies and public sector.

Ato Tadele Negisho

Member of the Advisory Council LL.M, Commercial Law, University of Amsterdam

Ato. Tadele is a legal consultant with an extensive judicial experience. He currently works as the Director of Legal Services Process, at Cooperative Bank if Oromia S.C. He previously has also served as the Executive of Cooperate Legal services at East African Group Companies and Manager of Legal Affairs and Human Resource Development Department of AKGC-Grade 1 Construction Company, on different occasions.

Mr. Kumlachew Dagne Chekol

Former Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., University of Michigan Law School

Mr. Kumlachew Dagne is a prominent corporate and tax lawyer with 23 years of experience in Ethiopian academia and legal practice. One of the top-notch experts in the field, Mr. Kumlachew has been involved in more than 20 multi-million-dollar privatization and private equity transactions, and has worked with multinational companies such as Diageo, Uniliver

Former Members

Dr. Getahun Kassa

Former Member of the Advisory Council PhD., Addis Ababa University

Before devoting fulltime to teaching and research, Getahun served as Head of the Justice Bureau of Tigray. Later he worked for Mekelle University Law Faculty (Lecturer and Dean) and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission as Executive Director. Currently he is Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University College of Law and Governance Studies.

Ms. Meaza Ashenafi

Former Member of the Advisory Council M.A., University of Kent

Ms. Meaza Ashanafi is a leading advocate for justice, human rights, women's rights, and gender equality and currently serves as the first female President of the Federal Supreme Court. A lawyer by profession, Ms. Meaza is dedicated to the advancement of social justice and equality for women in Ethiopia. Through her work as a lawyer, Ms. Meaza has represented thousands of female clients in court.

Dr. Abera Degefa

Former Member of the Advisory Council Ph.D., Social Work and Social Development, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Abera Degefa Nagawo is an associate professor of law at Addis Ababa University, School of Law, where he teaches jurisprudence, introduction to law, constitutional law, administrative law, law of contracts, contracts of sale, business law, legal skills, legal drafting, and media law. He previously served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law and as a coordinator for the evening law.

Ms. Semhal Getachew Asrat

Former Member of the Advisory Council M.S.W., Addis Ababa University

Ms. Semhal Getachew Asrat has over fifteen years of experience working on women’s rights and issues of gender equality. Ms. Semhal has worked for women’s advocacy groups and the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association. She currently works for CARE Ethiopia, an international humanitarian organization, as an advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Ms. Blen A. Sahilu

Former Member of the Advisory Council LL.M., University of Michigan

Ms. Blen A. Sahilu is a lawyer and women's rights activist with expertise in criminal law, human rights law, gender law, and gender and media. She served as a lecturer at Addis Ababa University School of Law for over seven years starting in 2007 and as the Assistant Dean of the Addis Ababa University, School of Law (AAU) from 2010 to 2012.