Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu Nominated to the Supreme Court Bench Of Ghana

Prof. Henrietta J.A.N. Mensa-Bonsu, a Professor of Law at the University and alumna of the University has been nominated to the Supreme Court Bench of Ghana and approved by Parliament.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof.  Ebenezer Oduro Owusu in a congratulatory message, acknowledged Prof. Mensa-Bonsu’s distinguished career at the University and  said he had every trust that she would continue to distinguish herself in this high office and wished her well. 

On her part, Prof. Mensa-Bonsu expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for all the opportunities of self-development that the University has allowed her, adding that without the expertise she had acquired, this appointment to the high office of the land would not have been possible.  Prof. Mensa-Bonsu said she shares this glory with the University of Ghana, her alma mater. 

Prof. Henrietta J.A.N. Mensa-Bonsu has served the University of Ghana in various esteemed capacities including the immediate past Director of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD).   Prof. Mensa-Bonsu teaches Criminal Law, Jurisprudence and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and serves on a number of Boards of the University.

She has also been engaged on a number of high-level national and international assignments.  She served on the Legal Committee of the Ghana National Commission on Children; represented Ghana on the Inter-governmental Meeting of Experts on the Draft African Charter on the Rights of the Child, served as member of the President’s Committee on the Review of Educational Reforms, the National Reconciliation Commission and the Ghana Police Council.

A highpoint of her international career was her appointment as the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Rule of Law (DSRSG) in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) with the rank of Assistant-Secretary-General in 2007.

As Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Rule of Law Sector of the United Nations in Liberia for four years, she led the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission as its deputy head and also led the United Nations family on efforts to reconstruct the law-enforcement, legal and judicial sectors of post-conflict Liberia. Returning to the University of Ghana in 2011, she served as a Civilian Mentor to the ECOWAS Senior Mission Leadership Course training of the Civilian Component for the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF), also on the UN’s Senior Mission Leadership Course.

Prof. Mensa-Bonsu, who was elected as President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019, will end her two year tenure this year. 

The swearing-in ceremony is expected to take place at a later date.

Hearty congratulations to Prof. Henrietta J.A.N. Mensa-Bonsu.  You make us proud!