Dr Henok Asmelash

Dr Henok Asmelash

Birmingham Law School

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Henok Asmelash joined Birmingham Law School in January 2020. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, he was a Postdoctoral Global Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. His main research and teaching interest lie within the broad field of international economic law.


  • LLB (Jimma University)
  • LLM (Addis Ababa University)
  • LLM (University of Barcelona)
  • PhD (Bocconi University)


Henok holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) and LLM degrees in International Economic Law and Policy from the University of Barcelona and in Business Law from Addis Ababa University. Henok has consulted the World Institute on Development Economics Research and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development on intergovernmental efforts to tackle environmentally harmful fossil fuel subsidies.


  • International Trade Law and Policy: Advanced Issues (LLM)

  • International Dispute Resolution (LLB)

  •  Commercial Law (LLB)

  • Dissertation (Module Leader)

Postgraduate supervision

Henok is interested in supervising students on any of the following areas:

International trade law
International investment law
Regional economic integration in Africa
Global energy transition governance

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Henok’s research primarily focuses on legal and policy issues at the intersection of trade, energy and the environment with a particular emphasis on the regulation of energy subsidies in the multilateral trading system and other intergovernmental forums. Another strand of his research examines the external and non-economic dimensions of the regional economic integration process in Africa.


Book Chapters

  • (2019) ‘Domestic and Multilateral Judicial Review of U.S. Trade Remedy Determinations: Complementary or Conflicting?’ In Helene Ruiz Fabri (Ed.) International Law and Litigation, Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 479-511.
  • (2018) ‘The Trade and Environment Debate on the Regulation of Energy Subsidies: What Kept Fossil Fuel Subsidies Off the Radar Screen?’ In Klaus Mathis and Bruce R. Huber (Eds.) Energy Law and Economics, Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 275-302.
  • (2017) ‘Falling Oil Prices and the Transition to a Sustainable Energy Future: Towards a Multilateral Agreement on Fossil Fuel Subsidies?’ In Douglas Arent et al. (Eds.), The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.349-367.

Journal Articles

  • (2019) ‘The Tribunal of the Southern African Development Community’ in Helene Ruiz Fabri (ed.), Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • (2016) 'The G7’s Pledge to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies by 2025: Mere Rhetoric or a Sign of Post-Paris Momentum? ‘ESIL Reflections, vol.5(8),1-7.
  • (2015) 'Energy Subsidies and WTO Dispute Settlement: Why Only Renewable Energy Subsidies are Challenged‘, Journal of International Economic Law, vol.18(2), 261-285.
  • (2015) 'Ethiopia’s Long Walk to WTO Membership: Exploring the Implications of the 2012 WTO Accession Guidelines for Least Developed Countries‘, Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, vol.12(3), 318-343.
  • (2015) 'NML V. Republic of Argentina: A Law and Economics Analysis of the Pari Passu Clause‘, (with Tobias Lehman & Luis Montilla), Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, vol.3(2), 291-311.
  • (2013) 'WTO Case Law in 2012: Appellate Body Report, United States - Certain Country of Origin Labelling Requirements‘, Italian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 22, 332-341.


  • (2018) ‘Balancing between Trade and Public Health Concerns: The Latest Step in the Plain Packaging Saga’, (with Edoardo Stoppioni), EJIL Talk! 8 Agust 2018.
  • (2017) ‘Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the G20: From Pittsburgh to Hamburg and Beyond’, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), 4 August 2017.


  • (2017), 'Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the G20: Progress, Challenges and Ways Forward’, E15 Think Piece, Geneva: ICTSD.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • (2019) ‘From Obscurity to Action: Efforts to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the WTO’, presented at the conference on ‘Reassessing the Truth: The Role of Scientific and Technological Progress, the Business Sector, the Sustainable Economic and Community Development in the Energy Transition’, (Morgantown, United States), West Virginia University & American Society of International Law.
  • (2019) ’International Law and Sustainable Energy Transition’, presented at the Global/Emile Noel Fellows Forum, (New York, United States), New York University.
  • (2019) ‘Regulating International Trade in the Age of Rising Economic Nationalism’ presented at the ICON.S Conference: Public Law in Times of Change? (Santiago, Chile).
  • (2019) ‘The Investment Case Law of the SADC Tribunal’ presented at the Book Preparation Workshop on International Investment Law: Analysis of Major Decisions, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (Luxembourg, Luxembourg).
  • (2019) ‘SDGs and Energy Transition Subsidy Policies’ presented at the Workshop on International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals, University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands).
  • (2018) ‘WTO Dispute Settlement System: The ‘Crown Jewel’ in the Fog’, presented at the 37th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) (Luxembourg, Luxembourg).
  • (2017) ‘Enabling the Energy Transition and Scale-up of Clean Energy Technologies: Options for the Global Trade System’, presented at the E15 Dialogue on Climate Change and Clean Energy Technologies- Policy Options for the Global Trade and Investment System, ICTSD & World Economic Forum (Brussels, Belgium).
  •  (2017) ‘The Regulation of Energy Subsidies in the WTO: A Sustainable Energy Transition Perspective’, presented at the 6th Law and Economics Conference - Energy Law and Economics, University of Lucerne & University of Notre Dame (Lucerne, Switzerland).
  • (2015) ‘Falling Oil Prices, Energy Subsidies and the Transition towards a Sustainable Energy Future’, presented at the Workshop on The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transition, NREL & UNU-WIDER (Golden, Colorado, United States).
  • (2015) ‘Ethiopia’s Long Walk to WTO Membership: Exploring the Implications of the 2012 WTO Accession Guidelines for LDCs’, presented at the International Economic Symposium on Emerging Powers in the Global Economy: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, University of St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg, Russia).
  • (2014) ‘The Regulation of Energy Subsidies in the WTO: Assessing the Case for New Multilateral Energy-Specific Subsidy Rules’, presented at the Making Transition Happen Platform PhD Workshop, Climate KIC (Brussels, Belgium).
  •  (2014) ‘Energy Subsidies and WTO Dispute Settlement: Why Only Renewable Energy Subsidies are Challenged’, presented at the 3rd Postgraduate and Early Professional/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
  •  (2013) ‘Regional Economic Integration in Africa: An Appraisal of the Latest Initiatives’, presented at the 11th Edition of Young Scholars Workshop in International Law, University of Trento (Trento, Italy).

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