Samuel Date-Bah | Ghana
Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah’s career has spanned academic, legal advisory and judicial roles at the national and international levels. Appointed a lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1969, he rose to the position of Associate Professor there and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, before becoming a full Professor of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He has also held visiting academic positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University, at the Yale Law School and Fribourg University, Switzerland.
He was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as a Special Adviser (Legal) at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London from 1984 to 2013. He was a member of the UNIDROIT Working Group which prepared the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. In 1978, he was elected Chairman of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”). He is currently Chairman of the Electronic Communications Tribunal and the Law Reform Commission of Ghana. Earlier, he was Chairman of the Council of the University of Ghana from 2009 to 2016.
Justice Date-Bah was educated at the University of Ghana (LL.B, first class honours, 1965), the Yale Law School (LL.M, 1967) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D, 1969). He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1969 and practised law in Ghana on a part-time basis from 1969 to 1979. He has published extensively on Ghanaian law and international commercial law and has a recent book entitled Reflections on the Supreme Court of Ghana (2015).
Since 1996, Justice Date-Bah has been a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and was decorated with the Order of the Volta of the Republic of Ghana in 2015.