Solomon Areda Waktolla, currently serving as the Vice President of the Federal Supreme Court, was born on April 29, 1975.
His judicial career started serving as a judge at the Regional High Court in West Shewa Zone of Oromia. In 2001, he became a Federal judge at the Federal First Instance Court of Ethiopia. For six years, he served as a Federal High Court Judge presiding over Commercial, Criminal and Labor Divisions. Later on, he was appointed as the Vice President of the Federal First Instance Court of Ethiopia.
His career in private practice included owning his own practice; specializing on corporate litigation and arbitration.
Regarding his international legal career, he has been appointed to the membership of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at the Hague, for a six-year term to serve as an Arbitrator as of December 2017.
Currently, he’s presiding over the 2nd Cassation Bench. Furthermore, he’s the Deputy Chair of the Council of the Constitutional Inquiry of Ethiopia.
Solomon’s formal education incudes receiving his LL.B from Addis Ababa University Law, Masters of Laws (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Moreover, he received Masters of Laws (LL.M) in International Economic Law at the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, he is a fellow of Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center and alumni of the Center for American and International Law.