Justice Professor Dr. Samuel Kofi DATE-BAH, LL.M.

Justice Professor Dr. Samuel Kofi Date-Bah, LL.M.1996 to date: A member of the UNIDROIT (The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, Rome) Working Group that produced the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.

2008 – 2013: Justice of the Supreme Court of Gambia;

2003 – 2013: Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana; Chairman, Management Committee of the Accra Commercial Court; Chairman, Examination Committee of the Ghana Judiciary; Chairman, Business Law Reform Committee of Experts, currently engaged in reforming the companies legislation of Ghana; Chairman, Ghana Law Reform Commission; Chairman, Council of the University of Ghana, Legon.

1984 – 2003: Special Adviser (Legal) at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, responsible for effective legal advisory and negotiating services to the developing member states of the Commonwealth.

1972 – 1998 visiting academic positions at:

– Lincoln College, Oxford University (1972),
– Yale Law School (1976), and
– University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1998).

In the 1970s, Representative of the Ghana Government to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Elected Chairman of the Commission in 1978.

In the 1970s, Member of the Ghana Law Reform Commission.

– 1969 – 1984: Taught contract, tort, commercial law and public international law. Positions held include:
– 1969 to 1981, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana;
– 1979-1980, Associate Professor of Commercial Law, University of Nairobi;
–  1980-84, Professor and Head of Department of Private Law, University of Calabar, Nigeria;
– 1969-1979, Part-time legal practitioner in Accra.


– Ph.D. (London School of Economics, London University), 1969
– LL.M (Yale Law School) 1967
– Qualified as barrister at law, Ghana, 1966
– LL.B (First Class Honours) Univ. of Ghana, 1965