Is Africa Ready for the Continental Free Trade Area with the Growing Spate of Xenophobia?

June 24, 2019

“The Only Thing We Learn From History Is That We Learn Nothing From History.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel  About fifty years ago, under the visionary leadership of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union (AU), conceived an African Common Market program. According to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, it […]

Read More

Local Content and Local Participation in Ghana’s Power Sector

June 17, 2019

Over the past few years, Ghana has been rolling out local content and local participation regulations in various sectors of the economy. In 2013, comprehensive local content and local participation regulations in the upstream oil and gas sector were introduced, as well as in the electricity supply industry in 2017[1].  The Energy Commission (Local Content […]

Read More

The Tax Implications of Failing to Register a Technology Transfer Agreement

June 10, 2019

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act, 2013 (Act 865) (“GIPC Act”) and the Technology Transfer Regulations, 1992 (L.I. 1547) (“TTA Regulations”) constitute the main legal framework for the regulation of Technology Transfer Agreements (“TTA”). A TTA is an agreement between a foreign entity and a Ghanaian entity for a term of not less than 18 […]

Read More

Ending Employment Relationships Under Ghanaian Law: Basic Terms (2)

June 6, 2019

The first part of this piece discussed in general terms the differences between termination and dismissals under the Ghanaian law. The piece went on to look at the differences between a dismissal (simpliciter) and summary dismissal. The author also considered the differences between unlawful dismissal and wrongful dismissal.  The second part of this article examines […]

Read More

The Implications of Lost or Missing Record of Proceedings

May 27, 2019

In the Supreme Court case of Jones Bonuah @ Eric Annor Blay v The Republic, the appellant appealed against (a) his conviction for robbery and (b) the decision of the Court of Appeal dismissing his appeal before them on grounds, among others that, the record of appeal from the trial High Court produced by the […]

Read More

Ending Employment Relationships Under Ghanaian Law: Basic Terms (1)

May 20, 2019

In virtually every employment case law, you are likely to find the following words and phrases in use: dismissal, summary dismissal, wrongful dismissal, wrongful termination, and unlawful termination. You will find litigants arguing in one form or the other that they have been dismissed, summarily dismissed, wrongfully dismissed, wrongfully terminated, or unlawfully terminated.  This often […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Inadequacies of the Definitions of Sexual Offences in the Criminal Offences Act

April 29, 2019

Introduction While the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) outlines a number of criminal offences and prescribes punishments for offenders, a number of the crimes outlined in Act 29 have some intrinsic inadequacies. The gaps in their definitions present a challenge for successful prosecution of such crimes. Chapter six of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 […]

Read More

Right to Privacy in Criminal Matters

April 18, 2019

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right. Article 18, clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution provides that: “No person shall be subjected to interference with the privacy of his home, property, correspondence or communication except with law and as may be necessary in a free and democratic society for public safety or for […]

Read More