Professor Tilahun Teshome is a Professor in the Law Faculty of the Addis Ababa University (AAU).He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from AAU. He worked as a legal expert at the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia until March 1983 after which he served as a judge of the Special High Court and then as a judge and presiding judge of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia for nearly ten years. Professor Tilahun was engaged by the AAU as a full-time faculty member in January 1993 and has taught several courses both in the undergraduate and graduate programmes of the Faculty of Law.
He has likewise supervised numerous LL.B. and LL.M theses both at the Addis Ababa University and for Universities outside Ethiopia. In addition to the many assignments he was entrusted with by the University Administration, he has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1996 to 2001, Secretary of the University Senate and its Executive Committee for more than four years and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethiopian Law for several years. Professor Tilahun has extensively written and published on the different aspects of Ethiopian law at home and abroad, including his widely read book on the Basic Principles of Ethiopian Contract Law, the copyright of which he donated to the Faculty of Law.
Professor Tilahun is a member of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the African Law Association, the International Society of Family Law and the Ethiopian Bar Association.