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.

Bahir Dar University School of Law has held a one day international curriculum review workshop to launch PhD program in Law today at Peda Campus, old Senate Hall.

In his introductory remark to the workshop, Ato Alebachew Birhanu, Director of the Law School, noted that because of the ever increasing demand for qualified legal professionals with high level training, the school has decided to expand its horizon of training into doctoral program in law, particularly in public international law and business law.

In the occasion, Ato Alebachew has also made a brief explanation about the law school and the activities it’s been undertaking to become a center of excellence in law and other related fields. The school is among the nation’s leading law schools in areas, such as the quality of education and training it provides and in the innovative postgraduate programs it run, according to Ato Alebachew. The school is also exemplary in terms of having a sustainable and reputable bi-annual legal journal, which has been serving as a forum for legal scholars and practitioners to publish quality manuscripts, he added. 

Speaking about the community engagement of the Law School, Ato Alebachew pointed out that the school has been providing free legal aid service to the vulnerable members of the society here in Bahir Dar and the surrounding woredas by involving its teaching staff as well as students.

In his opening remark to the workshop BDU’s Vice President for academic affairs, Dr. Matebe Tafere said that the lunching of the PhD program by the Law School is in line with the university’s vision of becoming one of a premier research university in Africa by 2025.

Given the critical need for highly trained legal professionals in the country, it is imperative for the School of Law to launch PhD program. This is specially necessary to ensure continuity in the knowledge building, keeping up-to-date with newly emerging rudiments in the legal system of the country as well as the global system.

BDU School of Law is going to be the Second law School in Ethiopia in launching PhD program in law preceded by Addis Ababa University School of Law just by one year. 

In the workshop, external reviewers from Addis Ababa University; Ghent University, Belgium; Kutztown University USA, and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK have participated.

In addition, the School will also hold a curriculum review workshop tomorrow (25th of August, 2017) in order to launch additional two new masters programs (LLM in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, and MA in Governance and Development Studies).

Bahir Dar University Journal of Law has been included and added into the HeinOnline Database. HeinOnline is one of the leading legal research database containing more than 150 million pages and 150,000 titles of legal history and government documents in fully searchable and image based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in historical research by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,400 law-related periodicals.  It is currently available to researchers worldwide in more than 3,500 physical locations in over 175 countries, thus being an excellent way to expose journals to researchers worldwide. 

Bahir Dar University Journal of Law is a reputable and bi-annual legal periodical which has been published by the law school since May 2010. The journal is a forum for legal scholars to publish manuscripts that meet intellectual quality and contribution for the legal profession and the administration of justice in general.

Bahir Dar University School of law has held May Seminar at old senate meeting hall, Peda campus. In the seminar research works conducted by the Law School staff in 2009 and the best senior thesis from graduating law students were presented.

Among others, researches conducted on ‘the law of pardon and parole and their enforcement in the Bahir Dar Prison Center’ by Belaynh Admasu(Ass. Prof) and Mr. Alemu Dagnaw are worth mentioning

The best senior thesis by Yemisrach Belay was made to be presented at the seminar following the decision of the School Academic Council. Yemisrach has done an exemplary work by analyzing the adequacy of international humanitarian in regulating explosive weapons and ruminants of war.   The School has taken this initiation to encourage and cultivate research culture of students in the School. It was taken as breakthrough and other academic units should take a lesson. In addition, the School has awarded the student.

Staff members, stake holders from different institutions who have close connection with research presented, and other interested individuals have attended the event.  The participants have forwarded critical and constructive feedbacks, and agreed to work in collaboration with the School to solve the problems discovered by the researches.