Staff Profile

Prof. Kofi Quashigah
 

Title :Professor

Department(s): Law

Affiliation (s): Dean

Email (s):  kquashigah@ug.edu.gh


Prof. Kofi Quashigah is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana and the Dean of the Faculty. Between 1991 and 1993 he was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Nigeria. In 1992, Prof. Quashigah was a MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, USA and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Human Rights Program between 2001/ 2002. His teaching and research interests includes Constitutional Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Jurisprudence, Governance, Elections Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2005, he was adjudged and honored as the Best Teacher in the Humanities in the University of Ghana.
Prof. Quashigah has written and published extensively. He is currently spearheading the production of the first issue of the “Annual Survey of Ghana Law” a project intended to revolutionize the approach to legal research in Ghana. In collaboration with Prof. ObioraOkafor of the Osggode Hall, Law School, Canada, he promoted and edited the classical book titled “Legitimate Governance in Africa”, published by Kluwer Publishers in 1999.
He is the Director of the Human Rights Centre of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana and the incumbent president of the Ghana Association of Certified Mediators and Arbitrators. He coordinated the World Bank Institute Distance learning Training in ADR-2005 and is the coordinator of the ADR Coalition of Ghana.
Prof. Quashigah was instrumental in the Faculty of Law winning Four TALIF awards for projects within the Faculty.

 Select Publications
1. K.Quashigah, Scope of Individual Duties in the African Charter: The African Regional Human Rights System, Vol. 107 (2012), pp.119-133

2. K.Quashigah, The future of the International Criminal Court in African Crisis and its Relationship with the R2P Project. Finnish Yearbook of International laws, Vol.21 (2010) pp.89-99.

3. T.Manuh & K.Quashigah, Legal and Ethical Issues in the Care of the Seriously Ill in Ghana, Care of the Seriously Sick and Dying (Perspectives from Ghana), (2009), pp.51-9

4. K. Quashigah, Relections on the Judicial Process in Traditional Africa- Nigerian Juridical Review, Vol.4. (1989-90) pp.1-15

5.  K. Quashigah, Constitutional Protection of Pre-Trial Release: The Onu Obekpa v. C.O.P. and C.O.P. v Amalu Controversy- Nigerian Juridical, Review vol.4, (1989-90) pp. 16-23.

6. K. Quashigah, The Federal Principle in 1989 Constitution of Nigeria: Its securement with respect of Emergency Situations, Creation of States and Constitutional Amendment- Journal of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, Vol. XXIV, Nos. 1-4 (Jan. Dec.1990), pp. 28-52.

4. K. Quashigah, Relections on the Judicial Process in Traditional Africa- Nigerian Juridical Review, Vol.4. (1989-90) pp.1-15

5.  K. Quashigah, Constitutional Protection of Pre-Trial Release: The Onu Obekpa v. C.O.P. and C.O.P. v Amalu Controversy- Nigerian Juridical, Review vol.4, (1989-90) pp. 16-23.

6. K. Quashigah, The Federal Principle in 1989 Constitution of Nigeria: Its securement with respect of Emergency Situations, Creation of States and Constitutional Amendment- Journal of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, Vol. XXIV, Nos. 1-4 (Jan. Dec.1990), pp. 28-52.

7. K. Quashigah, The Philosophical Basic of Human Rights and its Relations to Africa: A Critique- in Journal of Human Rights & Practice, Vol. 2 Nos. 1 &2, (1992) pp. 22-39

8. K. Quashigah, Highlights of the Comparative Features of the 1979 and 1989 Nigerian Constitutions- Nigerian Juridical Review, Vol.5, (1991-1993) pp.92-112.

9. Prof. G. Ezejiofor & E. K.Quashihag, The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention in the Contemporary World Situation- ASCL Proc.6 (1993) pp. 36-63. (Published by the African Society of International and Comparative Law as Edited Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Conference).

10. K. Quashigah, Protection of Human Rights in the Changing International Scene: Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa- African Journal of International and Comparative Law (RADIC) Vol. 6, pt. 10 (1994) pp.93-114.

11. K. Quashigah, “Legitimacy of Governments and the Resolution of Intra-national Conflicts in Africa”- African Journal of International and Comparative Law (RADIC) Vol. 7, pt. 2 (1995) pp.284-304.

12. K. Quashigah, Nemo Judex in Causa Sua and its Exception based on Necessity: The Position Under the 1979 and 1989 Constitutions of Nigeria”- University of Benin Law Journal. Vol 2, No.1 (February 1995), pp. 95-109.

13. K. Quashigah, Human Rights and Economic Integration- in ASCL Proc. 8 (1996) pp. 214-230. (Published by the African Society of International and Comparative Law as Edited Proceedings of the Eight Annual Conference).

14. K. Quashigah, The Judicial System and the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in Report on Proceedings of the Seminar on The Protection of Human Rights in Ghana- Human Rights Study Centre, University of Ghana and The Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany, Accra, 1997, pp. 81-97

15. K. Quashigah, Religious Freedom and Vestal Virgins: The Trokosi Practice in Ghana- Journal of African Society of International and Comparative Law, 10 RADIC, 1998, pp. 193-215.

16. K. Quashigah, The African Court of Human Rights: Prospects in Comparison with the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter American Court of Human Rights, in ASCL Proc. 10(1998) pp.59-69. (Published by the African Society of International and Comparative Law as Edited Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference).

17. K. Quashigah, The Role of Africa in Arms Control and Disarmament- Journal of African Society of International and Comparative Law, (RADIC), Vol. 11 (1), pp. 1-19.

18. K. Quashigah, Legislating Religious Liberty: The Ghanaian Experience- Brigham Young University Law Review- ( Provo, Utah, USA.) Vol.1999, No.2, pp. 589-606.

19. K. Quashigah, National Human Rights Institutions in Africa: Functions, Strengths and Weaknesses- ASCL Proc. 11 (1999) pp. 134-143. (Published by the African Society of International and Comparative Law as Edited Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Conference).

20. K. Quashigah, The Constitutional Rights to Freedom of Assembly and Procession in Ghana under the Public Order Act- University of Ghana Law Journal (UGL J) Vol. 20 (1996-1999) pp.1-25.

21. K. Quashigah, The Human Rights Lessons of the French Revolution- The Calabar Law Journal, 1999, Vol. IV, No.1 (1999), pp.35-56.

22. K. Quashigah, The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Towards a more Effective Reporting Mechanism, in African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2002, pp. 261-300.

23. K. Quashigah, A Critical Analysis of the Concept of Rights and Freedoms under Chapter Five of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana- University of Ghana Law Journal, Vol. XX111 (2005-2007) (Published 20100, pp.158-170.

24. K. Quashigah, The Historical Development of the Legal System of Ghana: An Example of the Coexistence of Two systems of Law in Foudamina- A Journal of Legal History, 2008, Vol. 14-2, pp. 95-114.

25. K. Quashigah, The Future of the International Criminal Court in African Crisis and its Relationship with the R2P Project- Finnish Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 21, 2010, pp. 89-99.

26. K. Quashigah, Public Accountability under the Constitutional Framework of Ghana, Forthcoming in UGL J, Vol. XXVI 2013.

SHORT ARTICLES

27. “Human Rights Implications of Committal of Judgement Debtor for Contempt” 1999 2 Ghana Quarterly Law Journal, pp. 17-19.

28. “Illegitimate Child”: A human rights Incorrect Concept” – African Legal Aid Quarterly, July-September 1999, pp. 6-10.

29. “Human Rights Implications of the Pinochet Decision” -1994 4 Ghana Quarterly Law Journal, pp. 18-22.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

30. K. Quashigah, Human Rights and Integration, in Regional Integration and Cooperation in West Africa: A Multidimensional Perspective, Ed. Real Lavergne: Toronto & Asmara: Africa World Press. Inc. & International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 1997, pp. 259-277.

31. K. Quashigah, Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Legal Education and Post-Professional Education in the Protection of Human Rights in African Criminal Proceedings, Eds: M. Cherif Bassouni & Ziyad Motalapter: Dordrecht/Boston/London: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1995, pp.351-355.

32. K. Quashigah, Background to the 1996 Amendment to the Constitution of Ghana in Constitutions of the Countries of the World (Republic of Ghana)- Release 98-8 Issued December 1998, Ed: Gisbert H. Flanz: Dobbs Ferry, New York: Oceana Publications, INC. 1998, PP. VII-XV

33. K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, Legitimate Governance in Africa- International and Domestic Legal Perspectives: An Introduction (Chapter 1) in Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives, K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor (Editors) The Hague/ London/ Boston: Kluwer, 1999, pp. 1-19.

34. K. Quashigah, Legitimate Governance: The Pre-Colonial Perspective (Chapter 3) in Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives, K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, (Editors) The Hague/ London/Boston: Kluwer, 1999, pp.43-66.

35. K. Quashigah, Legitimate Governance in Africa: The Responsibility of The International Community (Chapter 16) in Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives, K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, (Editors) The Hague/ London/Boston: Kluwer, 1999, pp. 461-485.

36. K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, Towards the Enhancement of the Relevance and Effectiveness of the Movement for Legitimate Governance in Africa (Chapter 19) in Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives, K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, (Editors) The Hague/ London/Boston: Kluwer, 1999, pp. 539-557.

37. K. Quashigah, The Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (Chapter 11) in National Human Rights Institutions: Articles and Working Papers, Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt, Kristine Yigen (Editors) The Danish Centre for Human Rights, Denmark, March, 2000, pp. 199-207.

38. K. Quashigah, Human Rights in the Communal Setting in West Africa (Chapter Three) in Contemporary Human Rights Issues in Commonwealth West Africa, Bernice Sam (Editor) The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Accra, 2003, pp. 50-72.

39. K. Quashigah, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in West Africa (Chapter Six) in Commonwealth West Africa Workshop on Human Rights for Human Rights Commissions and Human Rights Non-Governmental Organizations (Report), Editor by The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Accra, 2003, pp. 97-126.

40. K. Quashigah, Trends in The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Under The 1992 Constitution (Chapter 2) in Ghana: One Decade of the Liberal State, Kwame Boafo-Arthur (Editor) CODESRIA Books, Zed Books, London/ New York, 2007, pp. 21-48.

41. K. Quashigah, The Constitution as evolved by The Jurisprudence of the Courts of Ghana (Chapter 7) in Ghana Law Since Independence: History, Development and Prospects, HJAN Mensa-Bonsu & others (Editors) Black Mask Ltd, Accra, 2007, pp. 119-141.

42. Takyiwaa Manuh & K. Quashigah, Legal and Ethical Issues in the Care of the seriously ill in Ghana- in Care of the seriously sick and dying: Perspectives from Ghana, Christine Oppong, Phyllis Antwi & Kari Waerness (eds.) BRIC (University of Bergen) 2009, pp. 51-91.

43.   K. Quashigah, The Concept of “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) Within the Proposed African Union Interventions System, in Contemporary Issues on Public International and Comparative Law, C.C.Nweze (ed.) Vandepla Publishing, USA, 2009, pp.657-678.

44. K. Quashigah, Scope of Individual Duties in the African Charter- in The African Human Rights System, Manisuli Ssenyonjo (ed.) Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012, pp. 119-133.

45. K. Quashigah, The Monitoring Role of the Ghana Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights- in National Human Rights Institutions and Economic, Social and Cultural  Rights, Eva Brems, Gauthier de Beco & Wouter Vandenhole (eds), Intersentia, Cambridge, 2013, pp. 107-125.

46. K. Quashigah, Constitutional Protection of Religious and Cultural Minorities in Sub-Saharan Africa- in Law, Religion, Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Equal Treatment, and the Law, Cristiana Cianitto, W. Cole Durham, Jr., Silvio Ferrari and Donlu Thayer (eds), Ashgate, England, 2013, pp. 163-180.

47. K. Quashigah,  Constitutionalism and Constitutional Reforms in Ghana in Constitutionalism and Democratic Governance in Africa: Contemporary Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa, Morris Kiwinda Mbondenyi &Tom Ojienda (eds), Pretoria University Law Press, 2013, pp.115-134

48. K. Quashigah,  The Republic of Ghana- Introductory Note, The 1992 Constitution of Ghana- Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Rudiger Wolfrum, Rianer Grote & Erika de Wet (Editors), Oxford University Press. 2013.

49. K. Quashigah, Religion and the Secular State in Ghana in Religion and the Circular State. Janvier Martinez-Torron & W. Cole Durham, Jr (General Reporters), international Centre for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2010, pp. 331-338.

EDITED BOOK

50. K. Quashigah &O.C.Okafor, (Editors) Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives, The Hague/ London/ Boston: Kluwer, 1999.

OCCASIONAL PAPER

51. The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Towards a more effective reporting mechanism, published by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, April 2002, as Occasional Paper No. 13. (Abridged version published in the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, Vol.2, No. 2 2002, pp. 261-300)

MONOGRAPHS

52. K. Quashigah, Constitutional Reform and Democratic Governance in Ghana, Institute for Democratic Governance, Accra, 2010.

53. K. Quashigah, (Contributor performing the role of Technical Facilitator of AFRIMAP Rule of Law Project with Dr. Appiagyei- Atua as lead researcher- We worked together with a team of researchers to produce the work), Ghana- Justice Sector and the Rule of Law, The Open Society Institute Network & The Institute for Democratic Governance Publication, 2007.

54. K. Quashigah, Report of the study on the constitutional and legal framework for the right to pre-tertiary education in Ghana (prepared for Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education with assistance from UNICEF.) Published in Accra by Ghana Education Service/UNICEF, 2001.

55. K. Quashigah, Legislative Reform Initiatives, Institutional Development and Policy Changes in Favour of Children: Ghana National Study, Prepared for UNICEF, 2004.

56. K. Quashigah, Justice in the traditional African society within the modern constitutional set-up(2016) Jurisprudence, 7 (1), pp. 93-110.
 

PAPERS UNDER REVIEW FOR PUBLICATION

  1. The 2008 Ghana Elections, the Constitution and the Unexpected; Lessons for the Future.
  2. Human Rights, Human Security and Peace and Peace Building in Africa: In Season and Out of Season
  3. Justice in the Traditional African Society within the Modern Constitutional Set-up.
  4. Religion and the Republican State in Africa: Need for Distanced Relationship.
  5. The People’s Rights in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Some Lessons.