43 year old Lawyer Kissi Agyebeng nominated as Special Prosecutor
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice – Godfred Yeboah Dame has nominated Kissi Agyebeng (Esq) for the position of Special Prosecutor in accordance with section 13(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act(959) subject to the approval of majority of all members of parliament.
A letter written to the president His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and dated April 16, 2021 says section 13(8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017(Act 959) requires the president to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor to that position within six months of the Office of Special Prosecutor becoming vacant.
The letter recalls the resignation of Mr Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu as Special Prosecutor on November 16, 2020 following which the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei-Opare in a letter dated November 17, 2020 communicated same to His Excellency the president and the president duly accepted Mr Amidu’s resignation as Special Prosecutor.
The letter stated that the Office of the Attorney General is satisfied that Kissi Agyebeng possess the requisite expertise on corruption and corruption related matters, is of high moral character and satisfies all other requirements stipulated in the Act.
Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar Association in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws(LLB) from the University of Ghana and a Master of Laws(LLM) from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhouse University Canada and Cornel Law School, USA. He has since taught criminal law at the University of Ghana whiles also engaged in private law practice the letter concludes.
PROFILE OF GHANA’S NEXT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, KISSI AGYEBENG ESQ
Date of Birth : 2 July 1978
Hometown : Nkwatia, Kwahu
Marital Status : Married
Religion : Christian
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
Master of Laws (LL.M.) – Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Economic Relations (WTO) and International Business Transactions, received May 2006
Editor: Cornell LL.M. Newsletter.
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Master of Laws (LL.M.) – Marine and Environmental Law, received May 2005.
Ghana School of Law, Accra, Ghana
Professional Law Course (2001-2003)
Academic Honor: E.N. Sowah Memorial Award for Best Student in Family Law
University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), received May 2001.
Academic Honours: First Class Honors; Bentsi-Enchill Award for Best Graduating Law Student
Accra Academy, Accra, Ghana
GCE Ordinary Level – 1994
GCE Advanced Level – 1996
Cromwell Gray LLP (Law Firm), Accra (Since 2014)
Ayine and Felli (Law Firm), Accra (2009 – 2013)
Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) (Human Rights/Public Interest Law Firm), Accra (2008 – 2009)
Zoe, Akyea and Co. (Law Firm), Accra (2003 – 2007)
Chairman, Electronic Communications Tribunal, Ghana (Since 2019) Notary Public, Republic of Ghana (Since 2019) Vice Chairman, Appeals Committee, Ghana Football Association (2017 – 2018) Associate – African Center for Cyber Law and Cyber Crime Prevention (Since 2010) National Coordinator – Commonwealth Moot Court Competition on International Criminal Justice (Since 2017) Former Editor, Ghana Monthly Judgments (2008-2009)
University of Ghana School of Law, Legon
Lecturer: Criminal Law; International Humanitarian law; International Law; Company Law; Commercial Law; Legal Research and Writing.
Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA), Faculty of Law, Greenhill
(2013 – 2014)
Lecturer: Criminal Law
Central University College, Faculty of Law, Accra
Lecturer: Criminal Law
Mountcrest University, Faculty of Law, Accra
Lecturer: Criminal Law
Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) – Ghana Armed Forces Staff College, Teshie, Accra (2011)
Lecturer – International Humanitarian Law
Regional Maritime University, Nungua, Accra
Adjunct Lecturer – Law of the Sea
Admitted to the Ghana Bar in 2003
Member, Ghana Bar Association
SELECTED CASES CONDUCTED
Republic v. High Court, Accra; ex parte Commission for Human Rights & Administrative Justice (Addo – Interested Party) [2003-2004] SCGLR 312
Standard Chartered Bank v. Victoria Island Properties & ANZ Grindlays Bank Ltd. [2007-2008] 2 SCGLR 721
Republic v. Kwabena Amaning alias Tagor & Anor. (2009), Court of Appeal, Accra
Standard Bank Offshore Trust Company Ltd (substituted by Dominion Corporate Trustees Ltd.) v. National Investment Bank & Ors. (2010), High Court, Accra
Justice Dery v. Tiger Eye PI, Chief Justice & Attorney-General [2015-2016] SCGLR 812
Justices Logoh, Dery & Ayisi-Addo v. Tiger Eye PI, Chief Justice & Attorney-General [2015-2016] 2 SCGLR 1052
Gabby Otchere-Darko v. Kevin Ekow Ebow Taylor (2020), High Court, Accra
STATE INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED
Volta River Authority
Ghana National Petroleum Corporation
National Lottery Authority
Youth Employment Authority
Ghana Trade Fair Company
“Theory in Search of Practice – The Right of Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea”, 39 CORNELL INT’L L. J., (2006) p 371.
“The Prophecies of the Prophetic Jurist – A Review of Selected Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.” (2005). Cornell Law School LL.M. Papers Series. Paper10. http://lsr.nellco.org/cornell/lps/papers/10
“Disappearing Acts – Toward a Global Civil Liability Regime for Pollution Damage Resulting from Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration” (2006). Cornell Law School LL.M. Papers Series. Paper 11
“Minority Rights in Corporate Governance in Ghana: The End of the Rule in Foss v. Harbottle?”, in Ghana Law Since Independence: History, Development and Prospects, Mensa-Bonsu et al eds, 73 (Black Mask Ltd, 2007)
“To Disclose or Not to Disclose the Offence – That is the Question: The Case of Allan William Hodgson” (2008-2010) 24 UGLJ 87
A Commitment to Law, Development & Public Policy – A Festschrift in Honour of Nana Dr. SKB Asante (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, London, 2016) – co-editor with Richard Frimpong Oppong
Conflict of Laws in Ghana (Sedco Publishing, Accra, (upcoming February 2021)) – co-author with Richard Frimpong Oppong
Fellow – Canadian International Development Agency Fellowship for the Marine and
Environmental Law Program, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Fellow – Institute of African Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York