Dr Dominic Dagbanja

Started at UWA: 2016

Senior lecturer and researcher engaging with global legal issues  

The most valuable part of what I do is building human connection with my students and kindling enthusiasm in them to thereby elicit their participation in the teaching and learning enterprise.Dr Dominic Dagbanja

Dr Dominic Dagbanja is a senior law lecturer and researcher, specialising in international investment law and in the consequences of investment and trade treaties for public interest regulation. He seeks to theorise on the role of national constitutions and general international law in the making, interpretation and enforcement of these treaties.

After studying sociology and law at the University of Ghana and Ghana School of Law, Dr Dagbanja received admission to Ghana Bar as a lawyer where he practised in a law firm that was then primarily a corporate and commercial law practice. He has an extensive history of education at a number of universities around the world including the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, The George Washington University and The University of Auckland where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy.

Dr Dagbanja honed his skills in teaching, research and practice before focusing his research on the intersection of international economic law and the right of states to regulate under national constitutions and general international law.

He is currently developing a new unit at UWA on International Investment Law. This unit is being designed for undergraduate business and commerce students. It provides the opportunity for students to study the history of International Investment Law and substantive protection of foreign direct investment under international investment agreements.


Globally, there are over 3,000 investment treaties signed by states for the promotion and protection of investments. These treaties come with consequences for the right of states to regulate in the public interest and this demonstrates the global importance of International Investment Law and the need for a unit of this nature to be taught in law schools. Dr Dagbanja’s continued research in the area allows him to practice research-led teaching.

  • BA (Hons), University of Ghana
  • LLB (Hons), University of Ghana
  • BL, Ghana Law School
  • LLM, The George Washington University
  • LLM, University of the Pacific 
  • GradCertTerTeach, The University of Western Australia
  • PhD, The University of Auckland 

External positions:

  • Associate Director, UWA Africa Research and Engagement Centre (AfREC)

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Appointment as Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University

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Winning The University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2011–2015

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Developing and publishing a theoretical framework, ‘The Constitutional-General International Law Imperatives Theory’, 2016


Supervisor opportunities

Dr Dagbanja has been a supervisor of PhD students for three years. He welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students interested in covering topics such as:

  • International Investment Law
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • International Commercial Law and Arbitration
  • Public Procurement Law and Policy
  • Migration Law and Inequality
For more information, contact Dr Dagbanja using the details below.

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