JB Danquah memorial lecture set to be held on Monday 21st to 23rd February 2022 at the Ultra-modern auditorium of the Ghana Academy of Arts And Sciences at Airport Residential Area, near Opeibea,GA-015-1825.
The occasion is set to explode with knowledge as one of Ghana’s most celebrated young and international legal luminary.
Professor Richard Frimpong Oppong shares his ideas on the title:The Digital World and the Future of the Ghanaian Legal System :Reflections Ahead of it’s Sesquiquicentenial, at this year’s J. B. Danquah Memorial Lectures. Synopsis.
Professor Oppong was of the view that, as a people, we have become accustomed to the ever increasing benefits of our technologically mediated lives. We live in a digital world. Engagement with digital devices, social media platforms, and online commercial transactions have become common place for many of us.
He disclosed that. the overall theme of the three lectures is that, like individuals, legal systems are not immune to the impact of information technology and the digital world it has created. Accordingly, as the Ghanaian legal system approaches its sesquicentennial,150 years anniversary, it should embrace information technology to advance its functions and goals.
He stated that, lecture one Explores how information technology challenges the Ghanaian legal system’s regulatory functions, and argues that, to date, while the state has enacted various legislation and policies to address some of the existing societal challenges, there remain significant gaps that the Ghanaian legal system must address.
He said the lecture focusses on consumer protection in the digital market place and new ways of working organised labour through digital platforms-two areas characterized by asymmetric legal relationships.
Lecture two Examines the access to justice deficit in Ghana, and argues for a broader conception of access to justice, explores leveraging digital technologies to create new pathways to justice in Ghana, and examines the risk of digital exclusion and threat to judicial independence inherent in such technologies.
He underscored that, Lecture three Examines legal practice and education. It argues that information technology can transform legal practice and education in a manner not witnessed since the inception of the Ghanaian legal system. The lecture will examine ways in which legal practice and education can adapt to the digital world.
Prof Oppong before assuming his present position as Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA; Prof. Oppong graduated from the University of Ghana with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Laws in 2001 when he won the John Mensah Sarbah price as the best law student before pursuing his professional law course at the Ghana School of Law and was called to the bar in 2003.
He thereafter attended University of Cambridge in the UK for his first Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2004 and for his second Master of Laws at the University of Harvard in the United States in 2005. He obtained his doctorate (Ph.D.) in law at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2010.
He has been an indefinite lecturer in Law at the Lancaster University Law School and Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Schullich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada between 2007 and 2011. He has held an Associate Professor and lecturer at the faculty of Law at the Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia in Canada.
He was elected an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in 2013; elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2016 (the youngest law academician ever to elected in Ghana) and selected as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s cohort (RSC) 2017 of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in June 2017-arguably the first African to elected.Professor Oppong has taught at and worked for academic institutions in Canada, Ghana, S