Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Blogger: Lydia Apori Nkansah

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Dr. Lydia Apori Nkansah (right) as today's guest blogger.
As a lecturer in law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, Lydia is scheduled to teach international criminal law in an LL.M program scheduled for early next year.
Previously, she held a lectureship at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, where she: taught public law and human rights law; facilitated courses in conflicts and conflicts resolution; trained members of the Parliaments of Ghana and Liberia on constitutionalism and legislative process; and served as an academic instructor at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. She helped to establish a law school -- the 3d in Ghana -- at the Institute.
Lydia's experience in human rights enforcement, in both peacetime and postconflict situations, includes service as: a senior legal officer at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice of Ghana, where she adjudicated complaints of alleged human rights abuses and administrative injustices; head of the Research Unit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone and leader of evidence for the commission's hearings; and international expert advisor on a Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Bill to that country's Transitional Legislative Assembly.
She holds an LL.B and LL.M, from the Ambrose Alli (formerly Bendel State) University, as well as a Ph.D. from Walden University. Her dissertation, which may be seen presenting in this video, received the university's 2008 Harold L. Hodgkinson Award.
Lydia's research looks at transitional democracies from a legal perspective; for instance, juridical models for addressing past abuses. Her book Transitional Justice: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in Postconflict Sierra Leone (2010), she examines the dynamics of concurrent use of both restorative and retributive mechanisms as a means for transitional justice in postconflict societies. In her guest post below, she outlines findings of her research on the variance between international understandings of justice and the understanding of Sierra Leoneans with respect to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Heartfelt welcome!

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