Staff profile - Firew Tiba

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Dr Firew Tiba

Position: Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92468276 +61 3 92468276



  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong, 2008
  • Master of Laws, Kyushu University (Japan), 2003
  • Master of Laws, University of Pretoria (Sth Africa), 2002


Subjects and units currently teaching

International Commercial Law (MLM740), Business Law (MLC101), Contract Law (MLL111), Corporate Law (MLL221) and Introduction to Commercial Law (MLM720)

Knowledge areas

International dispute resolution, international criminal law, international human rights law, international economic and business law and commercial law




• Firew Kebede Tiba, Multiplicity of International Courts and Tribunals: Implications for the Coherent Application of Public International Law, (VDM Verlag, 2008) ISBN 978-3-639-11226-9, Paperback, 288p)


• Suzannah Linton and Firew Kebede Tiba, 'Judges and rule of law in times of political change or transition' in Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo (ed) Global community yearbook of international law and jurisprudence: global trends: law, policy & justice essays in honour of Professor Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo,  (Oxford University Press, 2013) 173-229,

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'Mass trials and modes of responsibility for international crimes: Ethiopia' in Kevin Jon Heller & Gerry Simpson (eds), The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials (Oxford University Press, 2013) 306-326

• Firew Kebede, 'Commentary on Revised version of the decision adopting guidelines on conduct of trial proceedings, Prosecutor v. Prli?? et al & Decision on defence motion to exclude the testimony of witness Milan Babi??, together with  associated exhibits, from evidence, Prosecutor v. Marti??,' in André Klip & Göran Sluiter (eds.) 29 Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals ( Intersentia, 2012) 109-140

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'Prosecuting International Crimes in Domestic Courts: The Trial of Mengistu and Other Derg  Members for Genocide, Torture and Summary Executions' in Chacha Bhoke Murungu and Japhet Biegon (eds) Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa (Pretoria University Law Press, 2011) 163-183

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'The Mengistu Hailemariam Case' in Antonio Cassese eds, The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2009)

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'Freedom of Choice of Occupation and Academic Freedom under Hong Kong Basic Law' in Johannes Chan and Chin Leng Lim (eds), Hong Kong Constitutional Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2011)


• Firew Tiba 'The prosecution of sitting Heads of States by the International Criminal Court', (2014) 21 (2) Williamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution' (2014), pp. 134-154

• Wilson Wai Shun Chow  and Firew Kebede Tiba 'Professional Legal Education Reviews : Too Many 'What's, Too Few 'How's' (2013) 4 (1) European  Journal of Law and Technology, 1-26

• Suzannah Linton and Firew Kebede Tiba, 'The International Judge in an Age of Multiple International Courts and Tribunals' (2009) 9(2) Chicago Journal of International Law , 407-470

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'The Mengistu Genocide Trial in Ethiopia', (2007) 5(2) Journal of International Criminal Justice, 513-528

• Firew Kebede Tiba, 'What Caused the Multiplicity of International Courts and Tribunals', (2006) 10 Gonzaga Journal of International Law, 202-225


• Firew Kebede Tiba, The Ethiopian Red Terror Trials, ed. Kjetill Tronvoll, Charles Schaefer and Girmachew Alemu Aneme. Transitional Justice: Framing a Model for Eritrea, Daniel Rezene Mekonnen,(Book Review), Journal of Transitional Justice,  Vol. 4(2), 2010, p. 304-311 (Oxford University Press)

• Firew Kebede Tiba, Book Review, Punishment and Process in International Criminal Trials by Ralph Henham, Asian Journal of Criminology (2007) 

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