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Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu


  • Professor of International Economic Law, Law
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Yenkong Ngangjoh-Hodu is a Professor of International Law and was also Head of the Manchester University Law School, UK. He was recently the Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. His specific areas of expertise includes but not limited to, the law and policy of WTO, international investment law, international monetary law, international energy law, the law and policy of regional integration as well as public international law broadly speaking. He regularly speaks before governments and parliamentary committees on matters relating to his areas of specialism. Recently, he presented the findings of a collaborative project titled "The proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and its impact on LDCs : A Legal Analysis" at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Parliament respectively.

He will be happy to consider PhD proposals with a view to supervising in any of these areas.

He has written many books and many dozen articles and book chapters on international investment law, WTO law and public international law in general. His most recent publications include, “African Perspectives in International Investment Law” (ed. Manchester University Press - African perspectives in international investment law) and “The Political Economy of WTO Implementation and China’s Approach to Litigation in the WTO” (The Political Economy of WTO Implementation and China’s Approach to Litigation in the WTO ( He is regularly consulted by many governments, regional organisations and United Nations Agencies on international trade and investment law. He has also been counsel for countries before international dispute settlement bodies. As a consensus builder, he has advised many governments on how to progress with the negotiations of the current international investment reform framework, WTO Doha Trade Talks as well as on regional disputes resolution. He is a barrister and solicitor and a member of many influential academic and professional organisations. He is a counsel at Fortior Law firm in Geneva. He is also currently on the roster of WTO Panellist appointed by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body. In 2013, he was nominated for the WTO Appellate Body membership, the highest judicial body of the organization.


Yenkong is also part of the global faculty of the Trade Policy Centre in Africa (Trapca) based in Arusha-Tanzania where top officials from Africa and beyond regularly receive training on international law and on the political economy of the World Trading System. Moreover, he has been instrumental in designing the structure of the trade and investment law component of the programmes at Trapca. Apart from having also spent many years working in Finland and Sweden, Yenkong  has been visiting Professor to many universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Yenkong will happily speak to governments, international organisations, law firms and individuals needing advice in any areas of his expertise.

Research interests

Theories and practice of international trade law, public international law, International Fisheries Law, investment law, international development law, legal regime of north-south and south-south regional integration, Sustainability and International Law, dispute resolution in international trade and investment law.

Current Research Projects:

  • Theories of compliance in international trade law
  • International Economic Law and General International Law
  • The Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations in International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law and Fisheries Subsidies
  • Regionalism in International Economic Law

Other teaching information


Public International Law, International Investment Law,  EU and WTO Law(PG), WTO and RTA Law (PG)

Introduction to English Law (UG) Public International Law (UG), Accounting and Law (fourth year UG), International Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (PG), International Economic Law (PG).

Yenkong is willing to supervise PhD theses in any of his areas of research interests.

Further information


Yenkong would be available for media queries in areas of his research interest.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Areas of expertise

  • KZ Law of Nations


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