In March 2015 the West Africa Chapter of CLEA held their first Commonwealth Law lecture. This is part of a series of such lectures held in our Chapters around the Commonwealth and was organised by the CLEA representative Israel Ackah. The Lecture was held in the British Council in Accra and was given by Professor Justice Date Bah. The topic of the lecture was Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law: a Microcosm of West African Jurisdictions. It was attended by Members of Parliament, High Court Judges, Supreme Court Judges, other members of the Judiciary, the Deans of several Law Schools, leaders and members of the Bar, law students and many other interested delegates. Patricia McKellar, Joint General Secretary of CLEA, also attended the lecture. The talk was wide ranging and challenged the audience to consider many aspects of the judicial process in Ghana. A full version of the talk can be found here. Professor Justice Date Bah is the Chairman of the University of Ghana Council. He was also a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, responsible for many leading judgments. He is currently the Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission and Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon. 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, Yale Law School and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Professor Justice Date-Bah’s Lecture is available to download.
Delegates were welcomed to the event by traditional dances and entertained by local singers. There was an opportunity for questions which led to some lively discussion. This was continued afterwards over some refreshments. It is hoped that there will be another lecture next year to build on the success of this event.