Former NAI researcher running for WTO top post
Dr Yenkong Ngandjoh Hodu, formerly a researcher at NAI, has been nominated to the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the government of Cameroon. The Appellate Body is an appeal chamber within the WTO legal system. Dr Ngandjoh is one of two candidates gunning for the African position among the seven chairs representing the regions of the world.
“We are happy and proud that Dr Ngandjoh is considered for this very important position within legal system for world trade. An outstanding academic and authority in international economic law generally, and WTO Law in particular, he is a very strong candidate for the position. We at NAI support his candidature and ask others – especially his former colleagues and friends in Nordic, European and African academia – to promote him to make his campaign successful”, says NAI Director Iina Soiri.
Dr Ngangjoh left NAI in 2008 after having successfully initiated the Institute’s programme on regional integration of economies in Africa.
He has written many books and over two dozen articles on WTO Law and is regularly consulted by many governments, regional organisations and United Nations Agencies on international trade and investment law.
Dr Ngangjoh is also a faculty member of the famous Trade Policy Centre in Africa (Trapca) based in Arusha, Tanzania, where top officials from Africa and beyond regularly receive training on international trade law and on the political economy of the World Trading System. Moreover, he has been instrumental in designing the structure of the Trade Law component of the programmes at Trapca.
Apart from having spent many years working in Finland and Sweden, Dr Ngangjoh has been visiting professor to universities around the world including Pretoria, South Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Fudan, Wuhan, Peking in China, Copenhagen in Denmark, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Geneva in Switzerland, University of Yaounde II in Cameroon.