Parliament approves Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor

Parliament has unanimously approved Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor.

The House gave the green light on Friday, July 30, after a recommendation by the Appointments Committee.

“The committee has duly recommended the nomination of the President for the appointment of the Special Prosecutor in line with the Section 13 (3) and (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act 2017 and the standing orders of parliament and recommends the nominee Mr Kissi Agyebeng to the House for approval.”

Members of Parliament subsequently approved the committee’s report.

The First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu, in announcing the decision said, “The motion is adopted, Mr Kissi Agyebeng has been confirmed as a nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor”.

The 43-year-old astute lawyer is expected to begin work as Ghana’s second Special Prosecutor, following the resignation of Martin Amidu.

Profile of Mr Agyebeng

Kissi Agyebeng has been a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law since October 2006, teaching and researching into Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, Corporate Law, and Legal Research and Writing.

He was awarded the Bentsi-Enchill prize for best graduating student of the University of Ghana School of Law in 2001. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003, earning the E.N. Sowah Memorial prize for best student in Family Law.

Since then, he has successfully argued numerous cases before the superior courts of Ghana and has participated in several international arbitration hearings.

Kissi Agyebeng also has a wide range of expertise in consulting for public sector institutions, including the Attorney General’s Department, Exim Bank Ghana Ltd., Youth Employment Authority, National Lottery Authority, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Trade Fair Company Limited, and the Ghana Olympic Committee.

Kissi is also an Associate at the African Center for Cyber Law and Cyber Crime Prevention and the National Moot Court Coordinator for the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition on International Criminal Justice. He was the Vice-Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association.

Kissi Agyebeng is the Managing Partner of Cromwell Gray LLP, a reputable law firm in Accra, and the Chairman of the Electronic Communications Tribunal of Ghana – which is an appeal tribunal that sits on appeals from decisions or orders made by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the Dispute Resolution Committee of the NCA, in respect of the regulation of electronic communications, the regulation of broadcasting, and the use of the electromagnetic spectrum and related matters.

He is famously recognised as the lawyer for investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Credentials

  • LLM (Corporate Law and Securities Regulation)- Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY (2006)
  • LLM (Marine and Environmental Law)- Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2005)
  • BL- Ghana School of Law, Accra, Ghana
  • LLB- University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Areas of Expertise

  • Telecommunications Law
  • Energy Law
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Procurement Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Ocean Law and Policy
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Sports Law
  • Media Law

Publications

  • Theory in Search of Practice – The Right of Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea, 39 CORNELL INT’L L. J., (2006) 371.
  • 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, 2016) – co-editor.

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