12th Annual Business Law Conference
Bringing Down the Barriers: The Law as a Vehicle for Intra-Africa Trade
Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
27 - 29 June, 2018
Dean E. Kofi Abotsi
Dean Kofi Abotsi is a lawyer and public intellectual in Ghana and also the Dean of the law school at the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) and has been in this position since 2012.
Prior to assuming this position, he was a senior lecturer at the Institute and had also previously lectured at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology(KNUST). Among various other positions previously held, Dean Abotsi was a special counsel to the Constitutional Review Commission of Ghana and lead consultant to the structural and system reform of the Attorney-General’s Department & Ministry of Justice (MoJ). In this regard, Dean Abotsi has closely worked with and advised the government of Ghana on key aspects of justice sector reform including penal systems restructuring.
He holds a bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree and Barrister-at-Law Certificate from the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law respectively as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M) Degree from the Harvard Law School in the United States. Mr. Abotsi also holds several publications in leading international peer reviewed law journals including writings on international trade law.
Dean Abotsi has over the years been widely consulted by a number of international governmental organizations, Ghana government agencies, and civil society entities foreign universities.
He sits on boards of private and public corporate concerns including being the board chair of the Chief Executives (CEO) Network of Ghana. Dean Abotsi has and continues to visit a number of universities and international organizations on visiting scholarly arrangements and taught and/or given lectures on such visits including the Fordham Law School, the Indiana Law School and the University of Milano, Bicocca, Milan as well as the international criminal court in 2017.
Dean Abotsi also maintains an active professional practice of the law and is in this regard the managing partner at Axis Legal, a firm of corporate solicitors and barristers, based in Ghana. In this capacity, he has advised a wide diversity of clientele including sovereign entities, transnational corporations, as well as governmental and private entities on complex oil and gas transactions, among others.