Topics: Development Policy
Peace and Human Rights
International Relations
Regional focus: Europe
Sub-Saharan Africa
Origin: Ghana
Fellowship: Richard von Weizs├Ącker Fellow

Kwasi Prempeh is a Ghanaian lawyer, professor, and executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). He is also the founder and project director of the West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS), a thirty-five-member transnational network of pro-democracy civil society organizations and groups in the West African region. With a wealth of experience and expertise in law, academia, and governance consultancy, Kwasi Prempeh remains committed to advancing democracy and inclusive development in Africa and beyond.

Educated at Yale Law School where he received his J.D. in 1993, Prempeh went on to hold various positions including the role of constitutional adviser in the office of the special adviser to the UN Secretary General on Yemen, special adviser to the Attorney General (Ghana), consultant to International IDEA, as well as, most recently, expert consultant to UNDP-South Sudan.

With academic positions at Seton Hall University and Central European University, Prempeh has taught courses on subjects such as Constitutional Law and Corporate Law, contributing to the discourse on African constitutionalism. He has also advised institutions like the World Bank and UNDP on justice sector reform and media regulation.

Kwasi Prempeh was awarded the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship in 2011, where he researched extensively on the statutory, bureaucratic, common law, and extralegal sources and enablers of the persistent hyper-presidentialism in post-authoritarian African democracies. He is a member of the Law Reform Commission in Ghana, on the advisory board of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), and part of the senior advisory team of Afrobarometer. He has also contributed to a wide array of publications.

Last updated: 2024