Dr. Destaw A. Yigzaw


Academic Position Assistant Professor
Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics 
Department / Unit Management and Law
Office Location General Faculty Office - Fourth Floor
Telephone 96644152
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Dr. Destaw Yigzaw is an Assistant professor at Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS). He was previously an Assistant professor of law at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), where he also served as chair of the Public International Law unit. Yigzaw has previously taught law at RMIT University (Vietnam) and Duquesne University (USA).
Yigzaw received his LL.D. from Kyushu University in 2012. His LLM in International Business and Economic Law is also from Kyushu University. He also holds an LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University. His LLB degree (Hons) was obtained from Addis Ababa University.

Teaching / Training Interests
WTO Law, investment law, commercial Law, legal theory, and human rights law.

Research Areas
WTO law, commercial law, international economic law, human rights law, and legal theory.

Key Publications:

  • The International Criminal Court: Biased against Africa or Weak towards the Powerful?43 (3) North Carolina Journal of International Law 204-239 (spring 2018)
  • Where the Real Issue Lies: Normative Conflict between the WTO System and Human Rights, 18 International Trade and Business Law Review 31-96 (winter 2015).
  • Hierarchy of Norms: The Case for the Primacy of Human Rights over WTO Law, 33 Suffolk Transnational Law Review 33-68 (lead article, winter 2015).
  • WTO Agricultural Trade and the Unfulfilled Promise of Development, 11 (2) South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business 163-225(Spring 2015).