Bahir Dar University School of Law is pleased to invite outstanding applications from prospective students assigned by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) wishing to join the Ph.D. program in Law commencing in October 2019. We regret that we are unable to accept applications from individuals other than those assigned by the MoSHE this year because of capacity limitations.
Further details on application requirements as well as the list of potential supervisors are provided in the documents linked below. Application deadline: 26 September 2019


Bahir Dar University, Department of Governance and Development Studies has rendered community services training to the newly reformed name of Dagmawi Minilik sub-city employees, Bahir Dar City Administration. The two-round trainings have successfully delivered by the staffs of the Department for the employees of the sub-city.
The main objective of these two round trainings was to build up the capacity of the employees in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitudes and thereby to create a conducive working environment for service delivery in the sub-city.
Round 1 training on “Kaizen: Its application, Challenges, and Possible Solutions” was delivered for 29 employees, from July 02 to 03, 2019 or Sene 25 to 26, 2011 E.C.
Similarly, round 2 training on “Public Service Delivery, Customer Handling, and Customer Satisfaction” was delivered to the employees of the sub-city immediately after the Kaizen training session was ended up, started on July 04, 2019.

The Department of Governance and Development Studies holds a special session on the title "Internationalization and Fund Raising" on June 07, 2019 at Gish Abay/Yibab Campus, Bahir Dar University. Dr. Yeshitla from Hawassa University has presented the basic concepts of internationalization and the ways how the department can raise funds. 
June 07, 2019

The School of Law, in its effort of enabling students to acquire extensive practical knowledge and skill in the field, supports students to participate in several national and international academic competitions. One of the most prestigious of these was the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Starting from 2017, the School sent Vis moot teams to Hamburg (Germany) and Vienna (Austria) to compete in this largest international commercial arbitration moot. In the School’s 2017 and 2018 participations, our team successfully participated in the competition to winning the Michael L. Sher Award of the competition and achieved immense results, that it was the first time a team from Africa had ever won the award.
Continuing it's the effort, the School has sent a team composed of two team members and one coach to participate in the 26th Willem C Vis International Commercial Moot Competition where 372 universities around the world have participated.
The School of Law warmly appreciates the students and coach of the team for their significant international contributions to our Law School.

BDU School of Law holds a discussion/consultative forum with concerned stakeholders on the Provisions of Free Legal Aid Service Delivery on April 13, 2019. The main aim is to assure effective free legal aid service delivery across the Free Legal Aid Centers.

Department of Governance and Development Studies holds Curriculum validation workshop to launch the MA program in Governance and Development on August 25, 2017.

LLM students of Business and Corporate Law at the Law School, KahalidKebede and SitelbenatHassen, havereceived the “Michael Sher Educational Award” of the 25th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria.Khalid and Sitelbenat were awarded in front of 2000 representatives of more than 360 universities from around the globe, arbitration professionals and international academic scholars. It is the first time an Ethiopian (and even African) university receives this award.

It is for the second time that the School of Law has been represented in this prestigious Moot Court Competition, and that our last year representatives have even bring further academic partnerships with Penn State University from USA, where they have also been offered a scholarship for further postgraduate studies.

BDU boldly appreciates its students for winning the award and representing the university in this international forum. Congratulations! 

A lecturer at the Law School and editor in chief of Bahir Dar University Journal of law, Mr. Haile Gush, has participated a symposium on building a research writing culture at Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.


The symposium, funded by the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), was hosted by Dr. Rasha Kamal and Dr. Ashour Amry at Ain Shams University and facilitated by Professor Anna Robinson-Pant and Dr. Anna Magyar from the University of East Anglia, UK. The event consisted partly of a presentation about research and publishing and partly of experiential and interactive activities where:

  • Participants brought their journals from their own institution/country as a basis for a critical discussion about journal review criteria and journal identity.
  • Strategies for developing research writing capacity with doctoral students and junior academics were discussed.
  • Tools and techniques for facilitating discussions and giving and receiving peer feedback are also reviewed.

The initial impetus for the programme is to address inequalities in academic publishing and participation through increasing individual participation and contribution of writers from under-represented countries in the Global South. Some of the ideas taken by the participants of this symposium are supporting young researchers, setting up a writers’ group; using the feedback frameworks presented at the symposium, organizing a research forum to provide feedback to young researchers; using guidelines for writers and reviewers; organizing workshops with local journal editors and reviewers.

Senior scholars from social science departments in higher education institutions within Egypt and the region have participated. The symposium was an opportunity for participants to develop a network of resources, ideas and support to build the culture of academic writing and publishing in their institution.

The programme has been run in Addis Ababa (2014), Mumbai (2015), Quezon City (2016), Kathmandu (2017) and this year in Egypt.


Law students’ of BDU holds debate on vexed legal issue BDU’s Law Students’ Union (LSU) has held a breathtaking debate between female law students last Wednesday/3rd of January , 2018 at Gish Abay Campus, Moot Court Hall. The students have argued on the issues entitled “Is VAT really an undesignated tax?” A number of practical concerns and constitutional issues have been raised since the introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ethiopia in 2002. The adoption of VAT in Ethiopia, as one form of tax, was justified under the constitutional clause of “undesignated powers of taxation.” Though it was said to be undesignated tax power, practically speaking it has brought changes in the already existing distribution power of taxation by shifting part of states’ power of taxation over “sales tax” to the federal government. While Yabsera Alemneh (2nd Year) and Fitsum Mekete (3rd year) supports the motion, Mekdes Wudu and Meklit Tassew(both 3rd year) have argued against the motion. The debate was held in front of panel of Judges (including BDU’s Gender Affairs Directorate Director Dr. Almaz and other 4 Staff members from the law School), and law students across all batches.