Gracious Avayiwoe is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong.

He holds a Master of Advanced Studies (MIDS LL.M.) in International Dispute Settlement from the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, and the Geneva Graduate Institute (Switzerland); a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law (top of his class) from Xiamen University (the mainland); and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom – Honours) from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana). He also studied Private International Law and International Tax Law (Distinction), respectively, from The Hague (Netherlands) and Vienna (Austria).

Gracious worked at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and served as aides (summer) to Judge A.A. Yusuf, Ex-President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Ruth Wedgewood, Professor of International Law at the Johns Hopkins University – awarded a prize for an outstanding duty. He was a business law teaching assistant, international law research associate, and editorial assistant for the African Yearbook of International Law. He also worked as a legal consultant for international non-governmental organizations in Germany.

He has authored several papers in international law and dispute settlement, prominent of which featured (and forthcoming) in high-impact peer-reviewed journals of the university presses of Oxford and Cambridge and the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD).


‘Towards Clarity: The “May Be Affected Requirement” and Non-Party Intervention at the International Court of Justice’ (2023) Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Oxford University Press).

‘The Republic of Ghana and Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Burgeoning Expert?’ (2020) 35 ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal 50 (Oxford University Press).

‘BEPS: Preferential Tax Regime for High and New Technology Enterprises – Analysis of the Deviation from the Nexus Approach’ (2018) 24 Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin 1 (IBFD).