Job: Professor of International Economic Law
Faculty: Business and Law
School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School
Address: Hugh Aston Building, Room 6.71,The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH
T: +44 (0)116 207 8183
Melaku Desta joined the Leicester De Montfort Law School in September 2013 as Professor of International Economic Law. Prior to that, Melaku worked at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, Scotland, for over twelve years. At CEPMLP, he worked as Teaching/Research Fellow (July 2001 to June 2002), Lecturer (June 2002 to September 2004), Senior Lecturer (October 2004 to September 2007), and Reader in International Economic Law (October 2007 to August 2013). During his time in Dundee, Melaku served as programme leader for the LL.M. degrees in International Business Law and Transactions (July 2001 to August 2013) and in International Dispute Resolution and Management (September 2006 to August 2013), as Director of the overall LL.M. Programme (September 2006 to September 2008), and as Director of the PhD Programme (September 2008 to August 2013). Melaku’s teaching responsibilities during this period included Fundamentals of Public International Law (induction), International Trade Law, International Arbitration, and International Dispute Settlement.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Melaku's areas of research fall under three broad but interrelated subject areas: WTO and agriculture; international economic law, energy and natural resources; and international economic law and developing countries. Melaku has published widely in these areas.
Willoughbi Prize (2003): for the best article of the year published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (“The GATT/WTO System and International Trade in Petroleum”, JENRL, Vol. 24, No. 4, Nov. 2003), and also for leading the special issue of JENRL on international energy trade.
I have provided consultancy and advisory services to law firms, and over a dozen national governments and international organizations on issues of international economic law and policy.
Melaku has supervised over a dozen PhD students working in the areas of international trade law, international investment law and international dispute settlement, often focusing particularly on the natural resources industry, including mining, energy and oil and gas. Melaku welcomes qualified candidates interested to research in these areas at PhD level.
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