Her Excellency Judge Akua Kuenyehia
In February 2003, H.E. Judge Kuenyehia was nominated by the Government of Ghana and elected as judge of the International Criminal Court. She currently serves as President of the Appeals Division.
From March 2007 until March 2009, she was the Presiding Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber 1. In March 2003, after the inauguration of the judges of the ICC, she was elected First Vice-President and was a judge in the Pre-Trial Division. H.E. Judge Kuenyehia was born in Akropong, Akuapem in Ghana and obtained her first degree from the Faculty of Law, university of Ghana, Legon. She then attended Somerville College, Oxford University, where she obtained a BCL, and shortly thereafter became the first female to be appointed as a law professor at the University of Ghana. While at the university, she taught criminal law, gender and the law, international human rights law and public international law.
She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana and has extensive experience as a solicitor, advocate, and law teacher. Judge Kuenyehia was Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana for seven years before her election to the ICC. Outside of the University, Judge Kuenyehia was among other things, a member of the UN Expert Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), a member of the Council of Cape Coast University and the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank, Ghana Limited. She has been a pioneer advocating for equal opportunity, justice and development for women in Ghana and around the world. She is co-author of a text book on Women and Law in Sub-Saharan Africa, published in August 2003, which is currently the only comprehensive text book on the subject.