Opinions and Articles

The Intra-Regional Jurisdiction of the High Court: Does The Court Really Have Discretion?

April 26, 2018

Introduction It is so notorious a fact that there is only High Court in Ghana. It is also trite that the various divisions of the High Court are for administrative and other purposes including convenience in litigation. That notwithstanding, litigants are not entitled to insist on particular courts or judges to determine their cases. It […]

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The Decision in Bebb v. Law Society, And How Times Have Changed Since.

April 19, 2018

The times have changed indeed! The times, they are a-changing truly. O tempora; O Mores! In the year 1914, the Court of Appeal of England delivered a decision[1] that would have been unthinkable in this era of #Metoo; a decision that was deeply sexist and stood as a notorious poster child for misogyny. Women since […]

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Regulating The Petroleum Industry in Ghana: The Investor’s Dilemma

April 3, 2018

Background Prior to the Discovery of Oil in Commercial quantities in Ghana, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) was the only state institution associated with oil. The enabling Act of the GNPC[1] was at that time hailed to be one of the best pieces of legislation on the regulation of oil and Gas within the […]

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Are Banks Allowed to Name and Shame Defaulting Customers?

February 28, 2018

In 1896, the Bank of British West Africa (which later became the Standard Chartered Bank) opened its first branch in Accra. Between 1920-1950, the Bank of British West Africa and Barclays Bank were the only banks operating in the Gold Coast[1]. The banking landscape has since changed and Ghana now has over 35 banks. But […]

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MOUs: Binding or Not?

February 23, 2018

A Memorandum of understanding (“MOU”), is a document entered into to set out the preliminarily understanding of parties who intend to enter into a formal contract at a later date. In some jurisdictions, it is known as “letter of intent”. The Black’s Law Dictionary considers an MOU as a letter of intent, and goes ahead […]

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The Special Prosecutor, a New ‘God’ In Town?

February 14, 2018

On Thursday 11th January 2018, news broke of the proposed appointment of Mr. Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu as Special Prosecutor1. Mr. Amidu once served as the Deputy Attorney General in the PNDC military government and also as the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 to January 2012 under the John Evans Atta-Mills […]

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Uber’s Ghana Problem

February 10, 2018

Uber, the online taxi platform, is known all over for two things. First, it is very good at making regulators throw their hands up in despair as it breaks every rule in the book. And secondly, the online taxi platform is good at making its customers fall in love with its service. Different countries have […]

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Digital and Virtual currencies in Ghana: Did the Bank of Ghana miss the road?

February 2, 2018

The Bank of Ghana in a recent notice[1] headed “Digital and Virtual Currency Operations in Ghana” sought to clarify the Ghanaian position on digital and virtual currencies in Ghana. Significantly, the notice informed the general public that operations in digital and virtual currencies are illegal and “… activities [operations in digital and virtual currencies] are […]

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Social Media Can Cost You Your Job

December 17, 2017

Social Media has come to stay. But will your job stay? Social media has changed the way we relate to the world around us. It has changed the way we communicate with ourselves. And so has it affected the relationship between an employer and employee. We are all busy out there “liking”, commenting, disagreeing, debating, […]

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Regulation Is Better Than Cure: A Case for Statutory Rules On Online Lawyer Advertising

November 29, 2017

The rules on lawyer advertising and touting have generated heated debate both amongst lawyers and the wider public. This can, to a large degree, be attributed to technological and digital paradigm shifts which have changed the way in which people communicate and access information. Ghana, which often lags behind in adopting international trends has been […]

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