Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah
Chairman, Electronic Communication Tribunal and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission – Ghana
Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah is also currently Chairman of the Electronic Communication Tribunal and Chairman of the Law Reform Commission. He was a member of the Supreme Court of Ghana from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that he served as a Special Adviser (Legal) at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London from 1984 till 2003.
He had earlier been a law Professor at the Universities of Ghana, Nairobi and Calabar (Nigeria), with visiting appointments at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Yale Law School. He was educated at the University of Ghana (LL.B, (first class honours) 1965), the Yale Law School (LL.M, 1967) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D, 1969). He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1969. He was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.
He is also a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law and was a member of the UNIDROIT Working Group which formulated the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. He has published extensively on Ghanaian law and international commercial law. His latest book is entitled: Reflections on the Supreme Court of Ghana (2015).
After retiring from the bench, he continued to be Chairman of the Ghana Law Reform Commission and the Data Protection Commission of Ghana till January 2017. He Chaired the National Data Protection Conferences held in Accra in 2016 and 2017. He was re-appointed Chairman of the Law Reform Commission in 2017 He was decorated with the Order of the Volta in 2015.