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GIMPA Law Lecturer Clement Akapame appointed visiting professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law

Lawyer Clement Akapame

Lawyer in private practice and senior law lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Law School, Clement Akapame, has been appointed as a visiting professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Clement Akapame currently teaches International Commercial Law on GIMPA Law School’s LL.M program and Commercial Law on the school’s LL.B. program.

The appointment is a result of GIMPA’s academic cooperation and partnership with Temple University Beasley School of Law. GIMPA announced the new appointment in a post on the school’s website, www.gimpa.edu.gh, and on their Facebook wall.

“As part of our academic cooperation and partnership with Temple University Beasley School of Law, we are pleased to announce that our very own Clement Kojo Akapame Esq. has been appointed as a visiting professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law,” the post read.

Temple University located in Philadelphia, USA and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), executed an academic partnership/collaboration agreement between the Law Schools of the two institutions on Wednesday 9 August 2023 in Philadelphia, USA, following a meeting between the Rector of GIMPA, Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, and his delegation which included the Dean of the GIMPA Law School, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Budu and Temple University’s representatives, including Provost, Gregory Mandel, and Law Dean Rachel Rebouché and her team.

The GIMPA delegation in a photograph with Temple University officials

Temple in announcing the agreement on their website, www.law.temple.edu, Temple University, posted as follows; “Dean Rachel Rebouché received a delegation from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), led by Rector Samuel Kwaku Bonsu and Faculty of Law Dean Kwaku Agyeman-Budu.

“Temple and GIMPA law schools recently signed an agreement to promote student and faculty mobility, including a 3+1 LLB/LLM program enabling GIMPA law students to spend their junior or senior year at Temple to earn credits toward our LLM degree.

“Temple Law has longstanding ties to Ghana. During the 1970s, Temple Law ran an active exchange program in Ghana, working with the University of Ghana’s Professor John Mills, who later went on to be the president of Ghana from 2009-2012. Mills was also a visiting professor of tax law at Temple in 1978-79 and 1986-1987. Over 40 Ghanaian students have earned a Temple LLM degree.

“Moreover, Ghanaian jurist Samuel Gyandoh was on the Temple Law faculty from 1982 to 2002. From 1978-79, as Ghana was transitioning from military to civilian rule, Gyandoh was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Ghanaian constitution of 1979″.

Temple University Law School Dean Rachel Rebouché with Dean of the GIMPA Law Faculty, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu

The newly appointed visiting professor, Clement Kojo Akapame, is a qualified legal practitioner and senior lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. Clement has strong legal research and analytical skills and over Twelve (12) years of experience in corporate commercial practice and public institutional and regulatory reforms.

His main recent interests are in the areas of Commercial Law and Natural Resources Law, specifically in Forestry legislation. He is the co-author of the first Ghanaian legal text on commercial in Ghana – titled Commercial Law in Ghana: Sourcebook with foreword written by Prof. Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah former justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

Clement Akapame also provides support to the Management and GIMPA Governing Council as Ag. Legal Counsel of the Institute, where his main tasks include specific legal advice on compliance, drafting, and legal due diligence. Outside GIMPA, Clement is the Partner in charge of Commercial Practice at TaylorCrabbe Barristers and Solicitors and Head of Legal Consultancy Service at TaylorCrabbe Initiative®.

Mr Akapame has worked with various stakeholders including international organizations such as the DFID, USAID, and UNDP in direct engagement and on a consultancy basis by offering research, technical backstopping, and chaperoning assistance in institutional and legislative reforms in the areas of natural resources and constitutional law.

Professor Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, with Temple University’s Provost, Gregory Mandel

He presently works on a long-term consultancy with a group of international environmental lawyers. His role involves building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations on legal issues in the forestry sector, particularly in the implementation of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) program of the European Union.

Clement’s current interests are in carbon rights and tenurial arrangements surrounding the legislative design, commercial trade, and benefit-sharing arrangements. Clement previously worked with Law and Development Associates, as the Lead researcher and counsel to the Constitution Review Commission of Ghana, where he served as in-house counsel to the Commission.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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