"Opening private legal practice to foreigner does not mean it will be easily accessible. Applicants will face problems in relation to legal education they have and competence in language. To begin with, domestic law is domestic. Foreigners who do not get legal education in the country are not, in principle, expected to apply for a license. Even if they apply, they will have to pass admission exam to join the practice with good grades before getting the license. "
"Allowing a handful of such lawyers is not opening the flood gates of foreign lawyers who do not know the law of the country and speak in a language incomprehensible to the Ethiopian legal mind. In fact, allowing foreign lawyers of Ethiopian origin brings enormous return to the country."
"I do not think it will pass because allowing foreign Law firms particularly foreign citizens of Ethiopian origin, has a vital role in economic development. Recently, Ethiopia has opened its door and international trade has grown extensively, applied for WTO membership and has gone to the extent of leasing its farm lands to foreigners. Having in mind the integration of world markets, what is the benefit of excluding those Legal resident (Yellow card) lawyers of Ethiopian origin who have knowledge of Customs and International Trade regulations, Foreign investing, Antitrust, Securities laws, Maritime laws , Insurance in international trade, International contracts relating to Intellectual property, International commercial litigation, Conflict of laws and etc ? Assessment including residency (Yellow Card) requirement, Federal language compliance and knowledge as to the critical elements of Ethiopian Law seems reasonable. This can be achieved by requiring the applicants to pass the exam for admission"
Ethiopia moves to bar foreign lawyers