Chief Justice Akuffo | Ghana
Her Ladyship the Chief Justice Sophia A. B. Akuffo was born on 20th December 1949. She received her secondary education at Parliament Hill School, Hampstead, London and Wesley Girls’ High School. She holds an LL.B degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and an LL.M from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. After qualifying as a Barrister-at-Law, in 1975, she performed her National Service at the Legal and Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thereafter, she worked with various Law firms and then joined Ghana Airways Corporation, as a Legal Officer and Deputy Corporation Secretary, from 1979 to 1982. She then worked with Mobil Oil Ghana Limited where she functioned as Legal & Relations Manager/Company Secretary for the Mobil Oil Ghana Group (including Mobil Oil Liberia Ltd and Mobil Oil Sierra Leone Ltd.) from 1982 to 1992. She then established her private Law Firm, Akuffo Legal Consultancy and practiced as a Legal Consultant from 1992 to November 1995 when she was elevated to the Supreme Court Bench.
In February 2006, she was elected a judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and was sworn in with other members of the Court in July 2006. She was elected the Vice President of the Court for a statutory term of two years in September 2008 and again in 2010. She was elected the President of the Court in September 2012 for a statutory term of two years. She has held various positions on various Boards, Commissions and Committees over the years, both in Ghana and in the African Union. On June 19, 2017, she was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana.