Michael Addo

Director, London Global Gateway Law Program

Email: maddo@nd.edu

Michael K. Addo became director of the London Global Gateway Law Program on July 1.

Addo came to Notre Dame from the University of Exeter as an international law and human rights specialist with more than 25 years of experience in research, teaching, and policy advice.

Addo also had management and administrative responsibilities at Exeter as associate dean of the faculty of postgraduate studies – a position that involved the development and negotiation of policy strategies, the coordination of teaching standards, the accreditation of programs across the university, and overseeing the examination and award of doctoral degrees.

His work outside the university has included holding several leadership positions with the United Nations. The UN Human Rights Council appointed him in 2011 to join its Working Group on Business and Human Rights, a body he currently chairs. He has also served as chairperson of the Co-ordination Committee of United Nations Special Procedure Mandate Holders from 2015 to 2016.

Originally from Ghana, Addo earned a bachelor of laws degree with honours at the University of Ghana and a graduate diploma in legal practice at Ghana Law School. He holds a diploma in international human rights law from the International Institute of Human Rights at the University of Strasbourg, France, and obtained master of law and doctoral degrees at the University of Essex in England.