Esther Ngom

Esther Ngom

Of Counsel

Esther Ngom was a lawyer at JING & Partners law firm and Of Counsel at Goldsmith LLP Lagos Nigeria, before joining the Firm.

Her practice focuses on law of intellectual property, digital law, OHADA business law, law of environment, waste disposal law, administrative law and decentralisation, law of contracts, litigation and  alternative dispute resolution service methods.

She is the Director of the Intellectual Property Certificate and the Digital Law Certificate of the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC). She is also trainer in Intellectual Property  litigation and Trainer of Trainers at the International Center for Francophone Lawyers Training in Africa (CIFAF).

Esther Ngom is holder of a Master Degree in Law of Intellectual Property (With Honors, Valedictorian), as well as a Master 1 in Business Law and a Bachelor Degree in Private Law from the University of Soa Yaoundé II. 

Esther Ngom is a dual doctoral student and (i) pursuis a PhD in Commecial Law specialized in Intellectual Property (on the theme « the valorization of the public domain as an unexplored  development tool ») at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and (ii) a PhD in Private Law specialized in Intellectual Property ( on the theme «  industrial and commercial aspects of traditional knowledge associated to genetic resources in the OAPI context »), at the Center for Business Law of the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole. 

She is Secretary General at the Internet Society Cameroon, the local Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC) a worlwide organization founded by the fathers of the Internet to ensure a better governance of the Internet, for a safer and more inclusive Internet for the World. 

She is also member of the Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA), of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) and the Open Africa Innovation Research and Training Project (Open AIR).

She intervened in numerous conferences and seminars and published several articles, notably on: 

« The role intellectual property for the development of innovations » Africa Science Week, organized by the Next Einstein Forum, Yaoundé, December 21, 2018;


« Digital technology: a stake for traditional knowledge? », International Digital Colloquium and Cultural Legacy in West Africa, Dakar, June 27, 2018;


Law of intellectual property, digital law and business law at the seminar for digital economy, organized by the International Francophone Organization (OIF) for Cameroonian parliamentarians, Yaoundé, July 05 – 06, 2017;


Law of intellectual property and digital law at the Cameroon Digital Forum, Yaoundé, December 2015 and March 2017;


« Protection of traditional knowledge » at the round tables on the valorization of immaterial capital in West Africa, Abidjan, March 2017;


Intervened at the Creative Common Global Summit, Seoul, Octobre 2015;


The protection of traditional knowledge and innovation in the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) context, at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Rio 2012,Cape Town 2013 and New Delhi 2015.


« The impact of the continental african free trade zone on the China-Africa relations in the context of investments », to be published in the Revue Internationale of the University of Nottingham;


« Law of intellectual property in the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) zone », a monogrpah for the International Encyclopedia of Law (work in progress);


« Multiplication of local entrepreneurs’ solutions and the use of traditional knowledge in Central and West Africa : the role of intellectual property », a paper for the August 2017 annual Conference of the Africa Research Group;


Participation to research and of the Open AIR book : « Knowledge and innovation in Africa : patterns for the future », December 2013;


« Traditional knowledge on medical plants and drug licences », an article for the journal of intellectual property of the Federal Nigerian Institute for Advanced Researches in Law (NIALS) December 2013;


The protection of new vegetal varieties in Annex 10 of the revised Bangui Agreement in the context of food insecurity, Chapter 8 of Fedeal Nigerian Institute for Advanced Researches in Law (NIALS), entitled Intellectual Property and Development: Perspectives for african countries, NIALS Editons, September 2013;


Traditional knowledge on medicinal plants and drug licences (Essay), October 2010.