Edna Udobong

Edna Udobong
Associate Professor of Law

Email: eudobong3@liberty.edu
Phone: (434) 592-5300

Education

  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • LL.M., University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
  • B.L., Nigerian Law School, Lagos, Nigeria, with honors
  • LL.B., University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, with honors

Areas of Interest/Teaching

International Law, International Human Rights, Immigration Law, Adoption Law, Lawyering Skills

Experience

  • Admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Nigeria
  • Assistant Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia
    • Established and directed the first academic support program assisting students in maximizing their academic performance
  • Taught Business Law and Business Ethics and advised faculty and students on international academic exchange programs at the University of Maryland University College
  • Taught Comparative Business Law in Africa as a visiting lecturer at the University of Georgia, Athens
  • Served the Council for International Exchange of Scholars as a member of the review panel for the 2010-2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program in the United States
  • Served as a counsel member of the American Bar Association Africa Law Initiative 2009-2011
  • Served as the 2008-2010 Chair of Africa, Asia, and Eurasia Division overseeing China, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Russia Eurasia Committees for the American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Represented private clients and not-for-profit organizations as a Consulting Attorney for New York and Washington, DC firms, 2004 
  • Conducted research and reviewed human rights documents as International Research Consultant for the University of Georgia and the United Nations, 1996
  • Served as a consultant for programs including the United Nations Development Program under the Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN) and the American Society of International Law
  • Drafted and negotiated a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cooperation agreement with over 100 countries
  • Assisted with community development projects for underprivileged communities and has worked with the U.S. embassy staff drafting a proposal for the ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grant for the improvement of elementary school education standards in Nigeria
  • Further developed and implemented programs promoting environmental awareness and informed local communities and scholars of the environmental impact of natural resource development (including issues related to offshore drilling)
  • Acted as Representative for the United Nations 43rd Session General Assembly in New York where her tasks involved researching, drafting, negotiating, and presenting the Nigerian government position on the United Nations Commission on international trade law, international human rights, and the General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade (GATT), 1988   
  • Reviewer and selection panelist, Gilman Scholarship Program
  • Associate Attorney, Rhodes and Rhodes, Lagos, Nigeria, 1982-1987

Publication Experience

Biography

A 2014 recipient of the Liberty University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Udobong began her tenure with the School of Law in 2010. She is responsible for initiating Liberty's partnership with the Fulbright Program (the United States’ flagship international exchange program for students and faculty) and is the Liberty Fulbright Student Advisor and Scholar Campus Representative. She leads a 12-member faculty from different Liberty University departments on a Fulbright Committee and has served as a peer reviewer and selection committee member for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar African Regional Research Program. She is the advisor for the Faculty and Student International Scholarship and Fellowship Programs for the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright U.S. Students Program, and the Gilman Scholarship Program. Udobong received a 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a 2013 Fulbright Specialist Scholarship to the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. As a Fulbright Scholar, she has served the Council for the Exchange of Scholars as a peer and discipline reviewer for two Africa regional exchange programs-- the 2010-2011 Humphrey program and the 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar Program. She is a 1995 Harvard Law School Reginald Lewis Human Rights award recipient. 

Professor Udobong’s passion for community development is demonstrated by her work with development projects for underprivileged and underserved communities. She served as a fellow in the human rights section of The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While on a Fulbright grant to Nigeria, she helped Makoko citizens in Lagos State through education projects and drafted a grant proposal under the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grant. She has developed primary health education projects to improve the level of awareness in public health for Uboma communities in Imo State, Nigeria.

As a scholar at the Liberty University School of Public Health Program where there are numerous public-health contacts, she has engaged students and developed organizational connections to deliver and advance primary health care in local communities in Nigeria. She is working with a network of health organizations and public health professionals in the United States to develop resources for training local communities to deliver public health education to families in underserved communities. 

Currently, Udobong continues her service with the ABA  as a member volunteer. As division chair of the Africa Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Udobong was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Unsung Hero Award and the 2007 Special Achievement Award for her contributions, ethics, and dedication, and for her contributions to the rule of law mission to West Africa, respectively. Additionally, she has also been recognized by the Catholic Social Services Immigration Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia for her dedication to community service by providing legal support services to underprivileged families.

As a lawyer and development consultant in the United States, Africa, and Europe, Udobong has invested time and research in legal issues and environmental issues. As a professor, in America and abroad, she has dedicated her time and abilities to ensure the success of her students and has spent a great deal of effort developing curricula and a performance measurement index for graduate and postgraduate students. In addition to monitoring and evaluating their academic performance, Udobong has advised students on career development programs.

Throughout her teaching career, she has engaged in supervising and evaluating her students’ research and writing projects and has prepared them for court visits and overseas moot court competition by strengthening their communication, case analysis, and presentation skills. She has also developed and conducted academic exchange programs between the United States and host country universities overseas.

Udobong extended her abilities to assist with community development projects for underprivileged communities and has worked with the U.S. embassy staff drafting a proposal for the ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grant for the improvement of elementary school education standards in Nigeria.

An accomplished writer and speaker, she has facilitated seminars, conducted workshops, and has written reports and recommendations for the U.S. Embassy staff on academic exchange awards. Her research efforts include information concerning the U.S. policy on the environment, immigration, and human rights.  

Udobong has completed extensive research in international environmental projects and worked as a project consultant for the American Society of International Law.

Professor Udobong’s service in various activities is extensive and includes supervision of student projects for the Liberty Center for International Human Rights and coordinating research and speaking engagements for the Center; participating in a number of international human rights and genocide symposia; and judging competitions. She has further served as a panelist or speaker for various forums, including adoption conferences; a Fulbright lecture at the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education; Geneva Forum (2007); the United Nations General Assembly; New York University; World Justice Project and Ghana Bar Association; the American Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria; University of Lagos Faculty Law International Students Association; the American Bar Association Section of International Law; the U.S. Department of State; University of Sacramento; and the Third International Congress on Leadership in Science, Ethics, and Integrated Education.

Udobong holds professional memberships in the American Bar Association Section of International Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Society of International Law, and the Forum on Education Abroad. Udobong is multi-lingual and has lectured in Italy and Nigeria.