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Professor Edmund Ato Kwaw is an Associate Professor of Law and Head of Department at the Faculty of Law of Wisconsin International University College, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast.


In addition to several academic texts, he is the author of two novels, The Messenger; published by Trafford Publishing of Toronto, in 2004, and The Magdalene Code, published by BookSurge/Amazon in 2007. Professor Kwaw’s second novel, The Magdalene Code, received excellent reviews, including one by New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Tanner Marsh, when it was published. Professor Kwaw is currently working on his next novel.

Areas of interest & Specialisation

  • Banking Law & Financial Regulation (International and Domestic)
  • International Trade & Investment Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Private International Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Governance & Sustainable Development
  • Children’s Rights


Doctor of jurisprudence – D.JUR

Osgoode Hall Law School
York University, Toronto, Canada


Master of laws – LL.M

Queens University, Kingston, Canada.


Bachelor of Laws – LL.B (Hons)

University of Leeds, UK .


Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – Political Science

University of Ghana .


Work Experience & Positions Held


June 2019 to Date

Associate Executive Secretary
Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Accra

October 2021 to Date

Associate Professor of Law and Head of Department, Faculty of Law, Wisconsin International University College, Accra.

September 2018 to September 30, 2021

Associate Professor of Law and Head of Department of Private Law, UPSA Law School, University of Professional Studies, Accra

August 2016 – July 2018

Vice President
Kings University College, Accra

January 2016 – July 2018

Dean – Faculty of Law, Governance and International

Kings University College, Accra

September 2016 – June 2018

Associate Professor of Law (Adjunct)
Faculty of Law – University of Cape Coast

September 2014 – Dec 2015

Associate Professor of Law (Visiting)
Faculty of Law, University of Cape Coast

January 1996 – May 2003

Adjunct Lecturer (International Financial Law)
Faculty of Law, Queens University, Kingston, Canada

October 1993 – May 1994

Adjunct Lecturer
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada

October 1991 – May 1993

Adjunct Lecturer
Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall, Law School, Canada

September 1985 – May 1986

Teaching Assistant
Department of Political Science, University of Ghana

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Conferences & Consultancies

  • Member of the Panel of Experts that trained Members of Parliament on Parliamentary Review and Approval of International Agreements – Workshop held at the Capital View Hotel, Koforidua from October 25-27, 2019.
  • 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Law Schools, held at University of Gdansk, Poland, September 20-22 – Faculty of Law Representative.
  • 2019 Global Law Deans’ Forum of the International Association of Law Schools held at the University of Gdansk, Poland, September 18-20, Representing the dean of the Faculty.
  • University of Professional Studies, 5th International Conference on Business Management & Entrepreneurship Development (ICBMED 2019), April 17 – 18, 2019, School of Graduate Studies, UPSA. Paper presented “Strict or Substantial Compliance: Crafting Guidelines for Documentary Compliance.”
  • Lancaster University, Ghana; Colloquium on Law and Development, March 2015. Paper presented: “Law and the advancement of children and youth: the sine qua non for sustainable development in Ghana.”
  • University of Illorin, Nigeria; 3rd U6 International Conference, held from September 7-10, 2015, at the University of Illorin, Nigeria. Paper presented, “Legislating sustainable development, towards a model law for Africa.”
  • Kings University College, Ghana; Public Lecture presented to Faculty and Students. “Who owns the sperm and ova under Ghanaian Law?” February 26, 2016.

Selected Publications



  • (2020) Multiple Choice Questions in the Law of Tort: Test your knowledge of Tort Law, Icon Publishing, Accra
  • (2016) The Guide to the Study of Law in Ghana, Lexis-Nexis, Johannesburg
  • (1997) The Law of Corporate Finance in Canada , Toronto, Butterworths.
  • (1996) The Law and Practice of Offshore Banking and Finance, Westport, CT, Quorum Books.
  • (1994) Eurocurrency deposits and international placements: the need for an international legal regime , London, Dartmouth.
  • (1992)The Guide to Legal Analysis, Legal Methodology and Legal Writing, Toronto, Emond Montgomery.


  • “Drafting the Eurocurrency loan agreement: A primer for banking professionals and lawyers” Forthcoming, (2020) Journal of Business and Professional Studies
  • “The ownership of sperms and ova: towards a customary law solution,” Forthcoming, (2020) KNUST Law Journal
  • Kwaw, E. A. & Bondzi-Simpson, P. E. (2019) Legislating Sustainable Development: Ghana's Path to Development, in F. Kusi-Appiah (Ed.), Ghana@60: Evolution of the Law, Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Future Prospects - Proceedings of a Conference 9th-10th March 2017 (pp. 157-185). Germany: Galda Verlag.
  • “Law and the advancement of children and youth: the sine qua non for sustainable development in Ghana.” (2015) 1 Lancaster University, Ghana, Law Journal, p. 114.
  • “Colonial marginalisation of children and the denial of children’s rights: The Ghanaian experience,” (2015) 18(1) Centerpoint Journal (Humanities Edition) – University of Illorin, pp. 65-98.
  • “The evolving law on the eurobank-customer relationship and the common law: the need for clarity” (2004) 32 Syracuse Journal of International Law & Commerce, 87-131.
  • “Exchange controls in international finance: the need for certainty” (1997) 2 Can. Jour. of Int’l Bus. L. & Pol., pp. 101-117
  • “Bonafide regulation or expropriation. The continuing debate. Metalclad Corporation v. The United Mexican States,” (1997) 2 Canadian Journal of International Business Law & Policy
  • “Structuring issues in securitizations: transfer and ownership of assets” (1996) 15 National Banking Law Review, pp. 65-67
  • “Sovereign immunity and jurisdiction clauses in international lending: The Canadian perspective,” (1995) 11 Banking and Finance Law Review, pp. 27-55
  • “Towards the creation of an international legal regime for the operation of eurocurrency deposits,” (1994) 43 International and Comparative Law Quarterly, pp. 317-346.
  • “Determining the Proper Law to govern the Eurocurrency deposit contract,” (1993) 18 Queens Law Journal, 440-476.
  • “International Organizations as Foreign Entities: AMF v. Hashim (No. 3),” (1992) 7 Banking and Finance Law Review, pp. 454-461.
  • “Trade related investment measures and the developing countries in the Uruguay Round: Towards a GATT for investment” (1991) 16 North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, pp. 309-349.
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