McGeorge School of Law

Kojo Yelpaala

Professor of Law

Kojo Yelpaala

Contact

Phone: 916.739.7209
Email: kyelpaala@pacific.edu

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Education

BL, LLB, University of Ghana
MBA, Bowling Green State University
Msc, SJD, University of Wisconsin

Biography

Professor Yelpaala is an expert in international business law who is fluent in three languages. He was a state attorney for three years in his native Ghana. Professor Yelpaala was a lecturer in law at the University of Wisconsin before coming to McGeorge in 1981. Professor Yelpaala has edited books and written law review articles on such topics as regional trade organizations, intellectual property, foreign direct investment, licensing agreements, drafting and enforcing contracts, international conflict of laws, global product distribution and several other topics. Professor Yelpaala is a consultant on various aspects of international business transactions and industrial policy to several foreign governments. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the African Law Institute (ALI), an entity started in 2001 for the harmonization of the key laws in Africa. As a participant in the initiation and launching of ALI, Professor Yelpaala is actively involved in the activities of that organization.

Courses

International Business Transactions

European Union Law

Business Associations

Representative Scholarship

Quo Vadis WTO? The Threat of TRIPS and the Biodiversity Convention to Human Health and Food Security, 30 B. U. Int'l L. J 55 (2012)

Teaching Transnational Skill and Law in an International Context, 12 Tennessee J. Bus. L. 275 (2011)(With Deborah Burand & Peter Linzer)

Rethinking the Foreign Direct Investment Process and Incentives in Post Conflict Transition Countries (Paper Delivered at Pre-G8 Conference Tokyo, 2008)( Short Version, Book Chapter in "FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN POST CONFLICT COUNTRIES: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES (Virtus C. Ogbokwe, Nicholas Turner and Obijiofor Aginam, (eds. & Abbey 2010) p. 11

Rethinking the Foreign Direct Investment Process and Incentives in Post-Conflict Transition Countries, 30 Nw. J. Int'l L. & Bus. 23 (2010).

Fundamentalism in Public Health and Safety in Bilateral Investment Treaties, (pts. 1 & 2) 3 Asian J. WTO & Int’l Health L. & Pol’y 235, 465 (2008).

"Legal Consciousness and Contractual Obligations," 39 McGeorge Law Review 193 (2008)

"Fundamentalism in Public Health and Safety in Bilateral Investment Treaties Part 1", 3 Asian Journal WTO & International Health Law and Policy 235 (2008) (peer-reviewed publication)

"Toward a Policy for the Collateralization of Movables in Africa," Paper Presented at Financial and Private Sector Development, FPD Forum, 2007, World Bank, April 26, 2007 (published, World Bank web site 2007)

"Model Law on Investment in Africa: Commentary and Analytical Framework of the Process," 1 Law for Development Review 2 (2005)

"Owing the Secret of Life: Biotechnology and Property Rights Revisited," 32 McGeorge Law Review 111 (2000)

Pre G8 Conference: Global Development Challenges: Desirable G8 Responses: A G 8 Developing Country Dialogue for the Hokkaido Summit, Presented a paper: "Rethinking the Foreign Direct Investment Process and Incentives in Post Conflict Transition Countries," (July 2008) United Nations University, Tokyo. (To be published by UN, UCTAD December 2008)

"An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching International Business Transactions in a Global Economic Environment," IALS Conference in International Business Transactions, Germany (April 2008)

"Alternative Dispute Resolution of Commercial Disputes in Egypt," Egyptian International Law Society with Professor Omar Dajani, McGeorge/UC Davis Building Bridges Delegation to Egypt (January 2008)

"Strategic Options in Trans- boundary Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States, at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China (December 2007)

"Fundamentalism in Public Health and Safety in Bilateral Investment Treaties," International Conference on Bilateral Investment Agreements, Organized by Asian Center for WTO and International Health and Policy, College of Law, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (November 2007)

"The Impact of Regional Trade Agreements in Africa on Investment," ABA International Law Section, Spring Meeting, The Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C. (May 2007)

"Toward a Policy for the Collateralization of Movables in Africa," Conference on Financial and Private Sector Development, FPD Forum, 2007, World Bank (April 2007)

"Investment Trends in Africa," CLDP/ALI Conference on Improving Legal Incentives for Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, Hotel Solitel Teraga, Dakar Senegal, December 2003. (conference co-chair)

"The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank under the Rule of Law," The Foundation for Democracy in Africa’s 6 th Annual Africando Trade and Investment Symposium (July 2003)

"Collective Responsibility and Global Enterprises," McGeorge 21 st Annual International Law Symposium, (February 2002)

"Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology and the Third World," McGeorge 19 th Annual International Law Symposium (March 2000)