Victor L. Essien

Adjunct Professor of Law/Librarian

Telephone: 212-636-6913

Victor Lawrence Kwesi Essien came to the United States from Ghana in 1981 and attended New York University School of Law, earning his Master of Laws in International Legal Studies in 1982 and his Doctor of Juridical Science in 1985. Prior to coming to America, he was a lecturer at the law faculties of the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Jos in Jos, Nigeria. Since 1985 Professor Essien has been the International Law Librarian in Fordham's Law Library and he has taught several courses here since 1989, including Multinational Corporations Law, International Investment Law and International and Foreign Legal Research. In 1986 Professor Essien served as a Legal Assistant to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague and from 1989-1993 he was a consultant to the United Nations Center for Transnational Corporations. He is also a practicing attorney with Victor Essien & Associates. Professor Essien is fluent in French, English, Akan and Ga.

Courses Taught

Multinational Corporations, Fordham University School of Law, 1989 - Present
International Investment Law, Fordham University School of Law, 1989 - Present
International and Foreign Legal Research Workshop, Fordham University School of Law, Fall 2005


New York University School of Law, Doctor of Juridical Science, 1985
New York University School of Law, Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, 1982
University of Ghana, Legon, Master of Laws, 1976
University of Ghana, Legon, Bachelor of Laws, 1973

Professional Affiliations

American Society of International Law
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Bar Memberships

Ghana Bar
New York State Bar United States District Court of New York
Southern and Eastern Districts United States Court of Appeals, 2nd and 3rd Circuits



“Sources of State Practice: Ghana” in Ralph Gaebler, & Alison  Shea, (eds.) Sources of State Practice in International Law. 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill, 2014

“Sources of State Practice: Kenya” in Ralph Gaebler, & Alison Shea, (eds.) Sources of State Practice in International Law. 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill: 2014 

Peter Muchlinski & Ors, “ Oxford Handbook of International Investment Law” Book Review 39 International Journal of Legal Information  __ (2011)

"Research in Transnational Business Law” in Jeanne Rehberg and Radu Popa (eds.)  Accidental Tourist on the New Frontier: An introductory Guide to Global Legal
Research  (Littleton, Colo., Rothman & Co., 1998) pages 207-229.                                         

"Bibliographic Guide to Doing Business in Foreign Countries" in Gitelle Seer and Maria Smolka-Day (eds.) Introduction to International Business Law:  Legal Transactions in a Global Economy. (New York, Oceana Pubs, 1996) pages 27-64

"Customary Law and Western Legal Influences in Modern Day Africa (Case Studies from Ghana and Nigeria)" in Richard A. Danner and Marie-Louise H. Bernal (eds.) 
Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems.  (New York, Oceana Pubs, 1994) pages 171-204                

"International Organizations:  A Selective Bibliography." 10 Ford Int'l. L.J. 857-973 (1987) (Special Supplement).

"International Monetary Fund and Debt Crises:  A Selective Bibliography,"17 N.Y.U. J. Int'l. L. & Pol. 751-787 (1987) (with Dr. Blanka Kudej).


“Researching Ghanaian Law: An Update” Globalex Jan 2012

Malcolm Evans and Rachel Murrays’ “ African Charter on  Human and Peoples” Rights: The System in Practice, 1986-2006” Review Essay 37 International Journal of Legal Information 400-403 (2009)

“Researching Ghanaian Law.” Globalex June 2008

“An Historical and Bibliographic Account of ECOWAS and CEMAC” Globalex October 2006

Bruno Zanettin’s “Cooperation Between Antitrust Agencies at the International Level” Review Essay 32  International Journal of Legal Information 642-647 (2004)

”Visible and Invisible Barriers to the Incorporation of Faculty of Color in Predominantly White Law Schools” 34 Journal of Black Studies 63-71 (2003)

"Aron Broches, Selected Essays: World Bank, ICSID and other subjects of Public and Private International Law" - Review Essay. 19 Ford Int'l L.J. 818-831(1995)

“Sources of Law in Ghana” 24 Journal of Black Studies 246-262 (1994)

"Pietro S. Nivola, Regulating Unfair Trade" - Review Essay 16 Ford. Int'l L.J. 1322-1329 ) (1992-1993)

"Marine Scientific Research:  Problems and Prospects Under the New Convention for the Law of  the Sea." 25 Indian J. of Int'l L. 210-225 (1985).

“Consumer Protection in Nigeria:  The case for Reform".  16 N.Y.U.J. Int'l.  L. & Pol. 514-541 (1984).

"Developments in International Research - Transnational Corporations." 2 West's International Law Bulletin. No. 4:17 (1984). 

"The Northern Nigerian Penal Code:  A Reflection of  Diverse Values in Penal Legislation." 5 N.Y.L. Sch.     J. Int'l & Comp. L.  87-102 (1983).

"The Falkland Island (Malvinas) Dispute" Sovereignty Versus Self-Determination?" Nigerian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2 (1983).

"Fifth Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference-Reforming the Law" 9 Review of Ghana Law, 140-150 (1977) (with Richard Turkson).


Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023