Yehenew Tsegaye Walilegne is Legal Counsel at the World Bank Group (WBG), based in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the WBG, Mr. Walilegne was Legal Officer at WHO (Geneva) where he handled international law, constitutional law, and international civil service law matters for 8 years. Mr. Walilegne has also worked as Lecturer in Law and Assistant Dean of Addis Ababa University School of Law; Rule of Law Project Manager and Head of Project Office with UNDP Sudan; Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and in-house counsel for the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation.
Mr. Walilegne has co-authored a book on Ethiopian labor and employment law, and a monograph on international migration, health and human rights. He has also published a number of articles on the hydro politics of the Nile Basin; labour market flexibility and employment and income security; state of emergency and human rights in peer-reviewed journals. Mr. Walilegne earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree (Distinction) in 1997 from Addis Ababa University School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law in 2001 from Dalhousie University Law School (Canada), and Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law (summa cum laude) in 2004 from Notre Dame University Law School (United States). He has also attended a number of highly coveted short courses in international law and forced migration at The Hague Academy of International Law and the UN International Law Commission and University of Oxford.