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Dr Firew Tiba



Senior Lecturer (International Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Law School


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hong Kong, 2008
Master of Laws, Kyushu University, 2003

+61 3 924 68276


Dr Firew Tiba is a Senior Lecturer in International Law in Deakin Law School. Before coming to Deakin, Firew was a lecturer in law at Waikato University in New Zealand. He was formerly a research officer and postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong where he worked on Hong Kong Bill of Rights Project, The Hong Kong Basic  Law Project and a project on possible uses of technology to offer professional legal education. In 2006, he was a visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute of Comparative and Public International Law in Heidelberg. He was also a recipient of the DAAD Scholarship in 2001, the Monbukagakusho scholarship from the Japanese Government in 2003 and 2004, the University of Hong Kong Studentship in 2004 to 2008, and the University of Hong Kong Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Overseas Research Students in 2004.

Firew obtained his PhD in International Dispute Resolution from the University of Hong Kong in 2008. His PhD thesis, 'Multiplicity of International Courts and Tribunals: Implications for Coherent Application of Public International Law', was nominated by the Faculty of Law for the University’s best thesis award. He has a master of laws degrees in international economic and business law from Kyushu University in 2004, and Human Rights Law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2001. Firew also finished his Bachelor of Laws degree with distinction from Addis Ababa University in 1999. He holds a number of short-term certificates in his field from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Leiden University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Xiamen Academy of International Law in China.  

Firew’s research interests are in cross-cutting issues in international dispute resolution, cross-border business transactions and international criminal law.  He has published in reputable journals such as the International Journal of Criminal Justice, Chicago Journal of International Law, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Journal of Law and Technology Willamette Journal of Dispute Resolution, and Gonzaga Journal of International Law. Firew's book chapters are published by publishers such as Oxford University Press, Intersentia, Sweet and Maxwell of Thomson Reuters; Pretoria University Law Press. 

Firew has presented several papers at international and national academic conferences. He welcomes PhD supervision queries in his area of research and interests. Firew has experience in coaching and advising student teams seeking to participate in international and national moot court competitions and is keen to assist teams seeking his input.

His teaching and unit chair roles at Deakin include the units of Business Law, Contract Law, Introduction to Commercial Law, International Commercial Law, and Corporate Law. 

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Research interests

  • International dispute resolution
  • International economic and business law
  • International criminal law.


  • Editor, Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law.

Units taught

  • MLC707 - Commercial and Corporations Law
  • MLJ705 - Commercial Law and Policy 
  • MLL215 - Commercial Law

Knowledge areas

  • International dispute resolution
  • International criminal law
  • International human rights law
  • International economic and business law 


  • Tiba, F. K., 'Complementarity and Prosecution of Sitting Heads of States by the International Criminal Court', Inaugural Australian International Criminal Law Workshop, University of Melbourne, Australia, 12-13 September 2013.
  • Tiba, F. K., 'Consumer finance dispute resolution: Examination of New Zealand’s experience in light of international best practices', International Conference on Consumer Law, National University of Malaysia, School of Law,  Malaysia, 21 September 2011.
  • Tiba, F. K., 'Ethnic Federalism and Human Rights: The Ethiopian Experience', International Conference on Recognition and Politics of Identity and Inclusion in the 21st Century: Managing Diversity in  Plural Societies, The University of Hong Kong, Hongkong, 28-29 April 2011.
  • Tiba, F. K., 'Mass Trials and Mode of Criminal Responsibility in International Criminal Trials: The Case of Ethiopia', International Conference on Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials, Melbourne Law School, Australia, 14-16 October 2010.
  • Chow, W., Jen, J. and Tiba, F. K., 'PCLL Curriculum Review at HKU: An Evolution or a Revolution or an Evolution?', Learning in Law Conference: Perspectives on Progress, United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education, Warwick University, UK, 28-30 January 2010.
  • Tiba, F. K., 'ivil Societies and International Criminal Law, ARCA-Net Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 2007.

Professional activities

  • Accredited to act as PhD thesis principal supervisor
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Associate Supervisor

Yin Chen

Thesis entitled: Corporate social responsibility analysed from Chinese cultural and political perspectives

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin Law School