Dr Yvonne Idun

Honorary Research Associate


Dr Yvonne Nana Afua Idun is a legal officer, researcher and academic. She has extensive professional experience in legal research, project management as well as French/English and English/French translation.

Her previous experience includes lecturing and researching in Law at the School of Law, University of Ghana, GIMPA and holding the position of Dean of Law at Zenith University College (of the University of London) in Ghana. Prior to these, Dr Idun was Chairperson of  the Public Law Department at the Kenyatta University School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya; Programme Officer at the UN University-International Leadership Institute in Jordan and an Environmental Policy Analyst at the UN University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, based in Ghana. She has also lectured and conducted research at the Africa Institute of South Africa, the Universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Yale Law School in the USA.

She has undertaken consultancy assignments with the UN Office for Women in the Dominican Republic; the WWF and UNEP in Kenya; the UNDP Offices in USA, Benin and Liberia; the UNIDO and IUCN Offices in Ghana; and the UNECA in Ethiopia. As part of these professional roles, Dr Idun has translated policy briefs, reports and legal documents from French into English.

Dr Idun holds a BA in Law and French from the University of Ghana, a Certificate in French Language Proficiency and Civilization from the Institut Supérieur Privé in France, an LLM in the Law of International Trade from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in International Environmental Law and the Law of International Trade from the University of Cape Town. She also has a Certificate in Project Management and in Monitoring & Evaluation from the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel.

Her current activities include being a member of the Vishnu Law Group’s Consortium for Developing an Environmental Code for Cambodia. She is also a founding member of the Alliance for Migration, Leadership and Development NGO in Senegal. She is a member of  UNODC’s Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative, a member of the Réseau de Femmes Africaines et Espagnoles pour un Monde Meilleur in the Canary Islands; and a member of the Mother’s Mercy Home Orphanage project in Limuru, Kenya.

Dr. Idun has authored books and journal articles within the field of Gender, Trade and Environment. She has a keen interest in rural development, refugee protection and poverty alleviation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions.