Akua Kuenyehia

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Akua Kuenyehia
1st Vice-President of the International Criminal Court
In office
Succeeded byFatoumata Dembélé Diarra
Judge of the International Criminal Court
In office
Nominated byGhana
Personal details

Akua Kuenyehia (born 1947) is a Ghanaian lawyer who served a judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from 2003 to 2015. She also served as First Vice-President of the Court.[1] She was one of the only three female African judges at the ICC.

Kuenyehia represented Ghana on the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) committee in 2003 and worked hard to contribute to its reputation and influence.

Kuenyehia is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College.[2]

Education and early career[edit]

Kuenyehia was educated at University of Ghana and Oxford University. She has spent most of her professional career teaching at the University of Ghana, as Dean of Law, and as a visiting professor at other institutions including Leiden University and Temple University.[3] She is the President of Mountcrest University College, Ghana.[4] The Law Faculty Building at the University of Ghana, Legon, was named in joint honour of President John Atta Mills and Professor Kuenyehia.[5]

Judge of the International Criminal Court, 2003-2015[edit]

In March 2009, judges chose Kuenyehia as well as Anita Ušacka of Latvia for appeals positions. Three months later, both of them had to step down from an appeal in the case of Germain Katanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity, because they had previously issued his arrest warrant.[6]


  • Women and Law in West Africa (2003). Accra, Ghana, WaLWA. ISBN 9988-7874-1-3
  • With Butegwa, F., & S. Nduna (2000). Legal Rights Organizing for Women in Africa: A Trainer's Manual. Harare, Zimbabwe, WiLDAF. ISBN 0-7974-2082-7
  • With Bowman, C. G. (2003). Women and Law in Sub-Saharan Africa. Accra, Ghana: Sedco. ISBN 9964-72-235-4.


In 2013, the University of Ghana named a newly constructed faculty of law building after Kuenyehia.[7]


  1. ^ Bio details, ICC website Archived 2004-06-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Emeritus and Honorary Fellows". Somerville College, Oxford. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ ICC nomination papers
  4. ^ "MountCrest University College (MCU)". www.mountcrestuniversity.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ Emmanuel Bonney, "UG names Law Faculty building after Mills, Kuenyehia", Graphic Online. Modern Ghana, 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ Caroline Binham (September 14, 2011), Election shines light on war crimes court Financial Times.
  7. ^ UG names new Faculty of Law building Vibe Ghana, July 3, 2013.

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