Prof. Justice Date-Bah

Date-BahProf. Justice Date-Bah, who is the Chairman of the University of Ghana Council, attended Achimota School from 1956 to 1962 and obtained an LL.B (First Class Honours) from the University of Ghana in 1965.He subsequently qualified as a Barrister at Law Ghana in 1966; obtained an LL.M  from the Yale Law School in 1967 and a Ph.D from the London School of Economics, London University, in 1969. From 2003-13 he was Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, responsible for many leading judgments. He was also a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia from 2008-2013. He is currently the Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission and Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon.

From 1984 – 2003 Prof. Justice Date-Bah was the Special Adviser (Legal) at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, responsible for effective legal advisory and negotiating services to developing member states of the Commonwealth. He played an instrumental role as leader of a multidisciplinary Commonwealth Secretariat team which assisted the first independent Government of Namibia to negotiate a joint-venture agreement with De Beers that has been the bedrock of the Namibian economy since then and several petroleum exploration agreements with international petroleum companies on behalf of the government.

Prof. Justice Date-Bah has held academic positions at the University of Ghana, University of Nairobi, University of Calabar as well as visiting positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University (1972), Yale Law School (1976) and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1998).  He was the Representative of the Ghana Government to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and was elected Chairman of the commission in 1978, and was also a member of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome, Working Group that produced the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.  He is the Chairman of the Data Protection Commission in Ghana.

Read Prof Justice Date-Bah’s keynote speech to the CLEA conference.

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