Associate 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, a 2014 recipient of Liberty University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, joined LU’s distinguished faculty in 2010 as a visiting professor and has taught international law, immigration law and policy, adoption law and policy, and international human rights. The highlights of her career at the university include initiating a partnership with the Fulbright Program (the United States’ flagship international exchange program for students and faculty). She leads a 12-member faculty from different Liberty University departments on a Fulbright Committee.
Udobong began her teaching career as Assistant Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000. There she established and directed the first academic support program at that school, helping students to maximize their academic performance. In addition, she taught at the University of Maryland–College Park and the University of Georgia–Athens as adjunct associate professor and visiting lecturer, respectively.
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 served the Council for International Exchange of Scholars as a peer and discipline reviewer for two Africa regional exchange programs—the 2010–2011 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the 2010–2011 Fulbright Scholar Program. She received the Harvard Law School Reginald Lewis Human Rights award in 1995 and served as a fellow in the human rights section of The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Udobong is multilingual and has also lectured in Africa and Europe.
Udobong served as a council member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Africa Law Initiative, 2009–2011; division chair of the Africa, Asia, and Eurasia Division of the American Bar Association International Law Section (overseeing China, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Russia-Eurasia Committees) 2008–2009; and a 2011–2012 advisor to the Africa Committee. In 2007, she led a team of distinguished leaders of the ABA on an exchange trip to Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone on development initiatives. In recognition of her contributions to the ABA and as division chair of the Africa Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, Udobong was the recipient of the 2006–2007 Unsung Hero Award for her contributions, ethics, and dedication and the 2007 Special Achievement Award for her contributions to the rule of law mission to West Africa. Currently, she continues her service with the ABA as a member volunteer. She has also been recognized by the Catholic Social Services Immigration Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, for her dedication to community service in providing legal support services to underprivileged families.
Professor Udobong has served as a consultant for 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 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 universities overseas.
An accomplished writer and speaker, she has facilitated seminars, conducted workshops, and written reports and recommendations for U.S. Embassy staff on academic exchange awards. Her research interests include U.S. policies on the environment, immigration, and human rights. She has further developed and implemented programs promoting environmental awareness and has 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 firms in New York and Washington, DC. 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 from Nigeria to the United Nations 43rd Session General Assembly in New York, where her tasks involved researching, drafting, negotiating, and presenting the Nigerian government’s positions on a variety of issues. Topics included the United Nations Commission on international trade law, international human rights, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Udobong also completed extensive research in international environmental projects and worked as a project consultant for the American Society of International Law.
At the heart of Professor Udobong’s career is her immense passion for community development, demonstrated by her work with development projects for underprivileged and underserved communities. While on a Fulbright grant to Nigeria, she helped to meet the needs of Makoko citizens in Lagos State through education projects and drafted a grant proposal under the U.S. Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Grant. The Makoko project was to provide primary education programs. She recently 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. This major aspect of her work is inspired by her belief that the health of a people is determined by the health of the individual. Having worked with women and children over several years, her goal is to ensure that every family has access to information on public health education, regardless of economic status.
Professor Udobong has authored several professional publications. She obtained her LL.B. degree from the University of Lagos, B.L. from Nigerian Law School, LL.M. from the University of Lagos, and LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Udobong has been admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Nigeria. She is married to a pastor and they reside in the area with their family.