Kwaku Agyeman-Budu appointed dean of GIMPA law faculty

Until this most recent appointment, Agyeman-Budu was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the head of law centres.

He is the fourth substantive academic to be appointed to the role.

Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, the host of Asaase's flagship current affairs programme The Forum, has been appointed the dean of the Faculty of Law of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration ().

Until his appointment, he was a senior lecturer in GIMPA's law faculty and the head of law centres.

His appointment takes effect from 1 September 2022.

He is the fifth person but the fourth substantive academic to be appointed to the role of dean by the governing council of GIMPA, as well as the youngest (at age 37).

The first to serve in the role was Professor Kwame Frimpong, who was in office from 2010 to 2012.

Professor Ernest Kofi Abotsi took over and served from 2012 to 2018, acting in the role for the first three years of his tenure.

Justice Dennis Dominic Adjei succeeded him and served from 2019 through 2020. Dr Alex Ansong has been serving as the acting dean since 2020.

The newly appointed dean of the GIMPA law faculty, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, is a product of St. Augustine's College, , having completed in 2002.

Profile of Dr Agyeman-Budu

Kwaku Agyeman-Budu is a lawyer by profession and a legal academic. Since January 2013 he has been teaching various courses at the GIMPA Faculty of Law in , Ghana.

In September 2013, he established the Justice Foundation, an apolitical, not-for-profit, non-religious human rights organisation, with the sole purpose of increasing access to justice in Ghana.

In this capacity, he has represented many indigent criminal defendants in the courts of Ghana, pro bono.

Agyeman-Budu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the , as well as a qualifying certificate in law from the .

He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in international law and justice and a doctorate in juridical science (SJD) from Fordham University School of Law in the .

At present, he is the head of law centres within the Faculty of Law at GIMPA, where he oversees the management of the African Centre of International Criminal Justice (ACICJ) and the African Centre on Law and Ethics (ACLE).

He is also a member and coordinator of the Judicial Service of Ghana's internship and clerkship committee, for which he oversees the placement of law students with courts in Ghana.

Dr Agyeman-Budu teaches constitutional law, international human rights and humanitarian law and intellectual property law at the GIMPA Faculty of Law.

His research interests include all of the aforementioned areas, as well as criminal law, international criminal law and justice, business and human rights and legal ethics.

Associations

Kwaku Agyeman-Budu has been a member of the African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) since April 2021.

He has also been a patron of the Adansiman Progressive Association (APA) since December 2020.

From December 2020 to date, he has also served as a convener of the Coalition of Professionals for Peaceful Elections (CPPE).

He is a member of the Nairobi-based African Group of Experts in International Criminal Justice and the , which he joined in October 2013.

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