Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua obtained his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon; LLM from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada and his Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University. He is a member of the Ghana Bar and Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law, Legon, Accra where he teaches Public International Law and International Human Rights Law. In addition, Kwadwo is the representative Lecturer from University of Ghana in the LL.M Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation course, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa. For the period 2013-2015 he is serving as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the School of Education, Lincoln University, UK where he is conducting a research project on “Building Academic Freedom and Democracy in Africa.” He is a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, USA and a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Group 3 on "The Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities and Human Rights." His areas of specialisation are human rights, poverty and development, human security, transitional justice issues and African perspectives on International Law. Kwadwo is currently writing a book, Commonwealth African Perspectives on Public International Law. He has attended and presented papers at various conferences, workshops and seminars in various countries across the globe.


  1. “The Composite Theory – An African Contribution to the Academic Freedom Discourse” (appearing in the next edition of South African Journal on Human Rights)
  2. “WTO Agreements on Agriculture and TRIPS on the Health of Developing Country Citizens: A Poverty Production-based Critique” (appearing in Thomas Pogge et alProtecting the Health of the Poor: Social Movements in the South. Publishers Zed Books, London, 2015) and
  3. “The UNESCO 1997 Recommendation – Is it legally binding?” (February 2015) University Values
  4. Appiagyei-Atua, K., Positioning Academic Freedom in the discussion on the revitalization of higher education in Africa, University of Ghana Law Journal, UG, Legon, Vol XXVIII2015, PP.214-243
  5. “Measuring Academic Freedom in Europe: a criterion referenced approach,’ Policy reviews in Higher Education 2017 (co-authored with T. Karran and K. Beiter).