Opinions and Articles

Farewell to Justice William Atuguba

July 16, 2018

The name “ATUGUBA” became a household name in Ghana following the 2013 Presidential Election Petition. For those in the legal fraternity, and probably for media practitioners, the name had been a household name for decades prior to the election petition in 2013. The private legal practitioner, Magistrate, Prosecutor, Supreme Court Judge and at some point, […]

Read More

Investigative Journalism: The Tension Between Privacy and the Public’s Interest

June 4, 2018

Investigative journalism assists the traditional media in rooting out corruption and dealing with crimes and abuse of public trust and confidence. As Lord Nichols pointed out in Reynolds v Times Newspaper[1], “it is through the mass media that most people today obtain their information on political matters…In this regard it should be kept in mind […]

Read More

Meeting High Revenue Targets: A Tale of Nothingness and the GRA’s Rush for Fool’s Gold

May 28, 2018

A. Introduction Every Country survives on taxes. Every person (natural or artificial) is obliged to pay tax on his taxable income or revenue.  All across the world, Revenue Authorities have often been entrusted with wide powers for the sole purpose of ensuring that as much revenue is collected on the State’s behalf as is possible. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More