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Professor Lydia A. Nkansah

Law

KNUST



Professor Lydia A. Nkansah is Dean and Associate Professor of Law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Previously, she held a lectureship at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, where she trained members of the parliaments of Ghana and Liberia on constitutionalism and legislative process; and served as an academic instructor at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. She helped to establish the third public law school in Ghana. In addition, Lydia has facilitated courses at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in the rule of law, human rights, transitional justice and the law of armed conflict. She has experience in human rights enforcement, in both peacetime and post-conflict situations. She was a senior legal officer at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice of Ghana, the head of the Research Unit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone and leader of evidence for the commission's hearings. She was also the international expert advisor to the Transitional Legislative Assembly of Liberia on a Truth and Reconciliation Bill.  Her research interest is to examine issues in transitional democracies in Africa from legal perspectives; constitutionalism, democratic transitions, and the various juridical models for administering justice in order to address abuses occasioned by conflict.  She has published and presented papers at conferences in the areas of constitutional law, transitional justice, international criminal justice, international criminal courts, truth commissions, legal jurisprudence, presidential successions, elections, consumer protection and interdisciplinary legal research methods.