Assistant Professor of Law
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 Human Rights
Taxation of Individuals
Edna Udobong began her teaching career in law in 2000 as Assistant Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught Immigration Law and Policy, Environmental Law and Policy, and Conflict of Laws courses. While at John Marshall, she established and directed the first academic support program assisting students in maximizing their academic performance. Additionally, Udobong taught at Shorter College School of Professional Programs. Most recently, Udobong taught Business Law and Business Ethics and advised faculty and students on international academic exchange programs at the University of Maryland University College. As a visiting lecturer at the University of Georgia, Athens, Udobong taught Comparative Business Law in Africa.
A 2008-2009 Fulbright Scholar and 1995 Harvard Law School Reginald Lewis Human Rights award recipient, Udobong is multi-lingual and has lectured in Italy and Nigeria. As a member of the review panel for the 2010-2011 Humphrey and Fulbright Scholar programs in the United States, Udobong served the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Udobong served as a counsel member of the American Bar Association Africa Law Initiative 2009-2011. Udobong 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. Currently, she continues her service with the ABA International as a member volunteer. As 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 clients.
Udobong has experience serving 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. She has also drafted and negotiated a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) cooperation agreement with over 100 countries and has been actively involved in corresponding with federal, state, and agency departments on various legal matters.
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 performances, students have been guided by Udobong’s advice 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.
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. She 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).
In 2004, Udobong represented private clients and not-for-profit organizations as a Consulting Attorney for New York and Washington, DC firms. In 1996, Udobong conducted research and reviewed human rights documents as International Research Consultant for the University of Georgia and the United Nations.
Additionally, Udobong was a 1988 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). Udobong has completed extensive research in international environmental projects and worked as a project consultant for the American Society of International Law.
Udobong is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Nigeria.