Meet Ghana's First Female Law Professor and Inaugural Judge at ICC, H.E. Judge Prof. Akua Kuenyehia.


A product of Achimota School and University of Ghana, Prof. Akua Kuenyehia is a Ghanaian academic, lawyer and human rights activist.

An Inaugural Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at its inception in The Hague in 2003, she also holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree from Somerville College, Oxford University.

While at the ICC, she was First Vice President of the Court from 2003 to 2009 and then as a judge of the Appeals Division of the court from 2009 till her retirement in 2015.

Before her ICC appointment, she was a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana and a Law lecturer. She is also an advocate of women and human rights.

She joined University of Ghana's Law Faculty in 1972 as the first female to be employed by the Faculty and rose to become the first female Professor of Law and the first female Dean of the Faculty of Law. She has also been a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Temple University, Northwestern University, USA and Imo State University, Nigeria.

An honorary fellow of Somerville College Oxford, her alma mater, she is the life patron of the Akua Kuenyehia Foundation which was founded by her children. The foundation is committed to the development and empowerment of women in Ghana through formal education. She is also the president of Mountcrest University College.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Order of the Star of Ghana (the highest award conferred by the Government of Ghana on an individual).

She has published widely in leading academic journals and has written/edited books and book chapters and delivered over a hundred research papers. Together with Professor Cynthia Bowman of Cornell University, she authored “Women and Law in Sub Saharan Africa”.

In 2013, the University of Ghana named a newly constructed faculty of law building after Kuenyehia.

Here's to celebrating Akua Kuenyehia for all her achievements and for blazing the trail.


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