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Prof Akilagpa Sawyerr

Prof Akilagpa Sawyerr




Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr, a distinguished academic and legal scholar, has made significant contributions to higher education and legal scholarship in Ghana and beyond. Born in 1939, he pursued his early education at the Achimota School, one of Ghana's most prestigious institutions. Sawyerr continued his higher education in the UK, obtaining a law degree from Durham University and furthering his studies at the London School of Economics, where he earned a doctorate in law.

Sawyerr's career is marked by his tenure at the University of Ghana, where he served as a professor and later as the Vice-Chancellor from 1985 to 1992. His leadership at the university was noted for strengthening the institution's academic rigor and expanding its international collaborations. Before his role as Vice-Chancellor, he was instrumental in various administrative capacities, including as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Beyond his contributions to the University of Ghana, Sawyerr's influence extended to numerous academic and legal bodies. He was a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and played a pivotal role in various educational and legal reforms in Ghana. His work often intersected with his interest in promoting higher education across Africa, serving in leadership roles within the Association of African Universities (AAU) and contributing to the development of policies that aimed to elevate the standards of tertiary education across the continent.

Sawyerr's academic work includes extensive research and publications on legal theory, educational policy, and the intersection of law and society. His scholarly contributions have been widely recognized, earning him accolades and positions on various boards and committees dedicated to advancing education and legal scholarship.

Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr remains a revered figure in Ghanaian academia, celebrated for his dedication to education, his scholarly achievements, and his commitment to legal and educational reform.


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Date of Birth: March 24, 1939

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