Author: Samuel Alesu-Dordzi

Samuel Alesu-Dordzi is an Editor of the Ghana Law Hub.

Trademarking Lessons From Patapaa’s “Skopatumana”

May 13, 2019

Ghanaian music sensation, Patapaa’s latest collaboration with Kawola has got many people talking. And just like the “One Corner” hit song, the “Skopatumana” song is once again dividing opinions. Patapaa’s contribution to the song goes like this: Till patu pataa/ Skoska to mana / Till da po dada / Sko pa ta mana / Filo […]

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Refresher On Unfair Termination and Unlawful/Wrongful Termination

May 6, 2019

The recent Supreme Court decision of Charles Afran & Ors v SG-SSB Limited[1] has thrown into sharp focus the need to bear in mind the distinction between “unfair termination” and “unlawful/wrongful termination” under Ghanaian law.  The Plaintiff in this case was dismissed for failing to verify some cheques. The Plaintiff’s failure led the employer to […]

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Ghana’s 2000 Banks Collapse (Part 2)

April 4, 2019

Under Act 180, the liquidator’s role was simply to identify the assets of the banks, sell them and use the proceeds to settle the debts owed to the customers, workers and other debtors. But there was a problem. The assets of these two banks were not enough to take care of the deposits of the […]

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Ghana’s 2000 Banks Collapse (Part 1)

April 1, 2019

Ghana’s Banking sector has experienced a number of significant changes in the past year. Of all these changes, the Bank of Ghana’s revocation of the banking licences of seven indigenous banks will be on the minds of many for some time to come.  In the midst of the current bank collapses, you would think this is […]

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Is an Unsigned Arbitration Agreement Valid?

January 28, 2019

The Supreme Court of India, late last year,  in M/s Caravel Shipping Services Private Limited v M/s Premier Sea Foods Exim Private Limited[1]held that an unsigned arbitration agreement is valid and good in law. In the view of the Indian Supreme Court, all that was required under the law is that the arbitration agreement is in writing. […]

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Supreme Court Declares Montie 3 Pardon as Constitutional

December 17, 2018

  The Supreme Court in a 5-2 majority decision[1]has held that there was nothing unconstitutional in the manner in which former President John Dramani Mahama exercised his prerogative of mercy leading to the pardon of some three contemnors. As Benneh JSC speaking for the majority of the court noted, “as long as the executive [P]resident […]

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Supreme Court Urges Limited Court Intervention in Arbitral Proceedings

November 19, 2018

The Supreme Court in the case of The Republic v. High Court (Commercial Division, Accra) Ex-Parte: GHACEM Limited (AJ FANJ Construction & Engineering Limited as an interested party)[1]has urged courts to hasten slowly in interfering with arbitral proceedings. According to Dotse JSC: “What must be noted is that the provisions in Act 798 on arbitral […]

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Tuffuor v Attorney-General: The Man Behind the Controversy (2)

October 29, 2018

Dr Kwame Amoako Tuffuor was a senior lecturer in civil engineering at the then University of Science and Technology (now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology). He took the bold step of issuing a writ seeking a declaration that Justice Apaloo was on 24 September 1979 (the time that the 1979 constitution came into […]

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Tuffuor v Attorney-General: The Man Behind the Controversy (1)

October 22, 2018

The approval processes for Supreme Court Justices and Chief Justices generally go according to plan. But not quite so in the case of Justice F.K. Apaloo.Justice Apaloo was in a lot of ways a man in his own class. And this meant that he was confronted by unique set of challenges. He was educated at […]

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Can an Employer Reject an Employee’s Resignation?

October 1, 2018

Koo submits his resignation letter to his employer. His employer takes a hard look at the letter. He shrugs his shoulders and sends an email – “koo, your resignation has been rejected because clause 200.1 of your employment contract requires that you reach a particular sales target before you can resign.” The above scenario raises […]

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