PhD Students (completed)

Mr Stephen Sondem (under examination)

A lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Teaching area includes International Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Law of Evidence, and Legal Systems and Methods. Also a former Principal Legal Officer and acting Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana. Currently a Commonwealth Scholar on study leave from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana


LLM in International Law and Human Rights, James Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2002

Postgraduate Diploma in International Law & Organization for Development (ILOD), The Hague, The Netherlands, 1998

Barrister at Law, Ghana School of Law, 1990

LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana

Research interests

Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and Jurisprdence


UN Security Council Resolution 1373 - The Juridical Limits of the Powers of the UN Security Council [KNUST] Law Journal, Vol.1 (2004) No.1

The Implementation of Human Rights In the Context of Custom and Tradition - The Dialectics of African Values [KNUST] Law Journal, Vol.2 (2005)

National Human Rights Institutions - The Ghanaian Experience Journal of European Issues, Vol. 16, June 2012

Study areas

International Human Rights Law

SupervisorProf. Maurice Sunkin and Ellie Palmer
Thesis titleThe Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Promotion of Socio-economic Rights- A Case Study of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana.

In recent years, the there has been a proliferation of National Human Rights Institutions across the world. In Africa alone, more than 30 countries have established NHRIs. NHRIs are established as part of the democratic process, with the belief that they will account for accountability deficit, and enhance domestic implementation of the international human rights project. Whilst the UN and donor agencies have supported and encouraged this development, other actors in the field of governance are sceptical about the capacity of these state-sponsored institutions to hold their governments accountable for the human rights deficits. Drawing upon the literature on the role and capacity of NHRIs to effectively contribute to the promotion of human rights at the domestic level, this study examines the role of the Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in advancing the socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalized groups in Ghana. The study dwells essentially on primary and secondary data. It is hoped that the study will contribute to the growing literature in the field of  NHRIs and their role in advancing socio-economic rights.


Doctoral Conference, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 27 November - 4 December 2011

Conference on 30th Anniversary of the Adoption of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, June 2011

 Conference on Access to Justice in an Age of Austerity: Time for Proportionate Responses, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, May 2011

Conference on  Commonwealth, Human Rights and Democracy: Setting Common Standards Across all Commonwealth Countries, Cumberland Lodge, Great Park, Windsor, UK, 11-13 March 2011

Summer School on Transitional Justice, University of Essex, 10-12 September 2012

Conference on Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, University of Essex, 13-14 September 2012

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