James Odartey Mills is a solicitor and barrister-at-law, a former army officer and a trained administrator and human resource practitioner. He was called to the Ghana bar in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree with honours from the University of Ghana, Legon; a certificate in International Humanitarian Law (the law of armed conflicts) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in addition to other qualifications.
As a commissioned army officer, he served as an Assistant Director of Legal Services in the Ghana Army for five years. He also served as Legal Officer in a number of United Nations peacekeeping missions in places like Lebanon, Israel and La Cote d’Ivoire.
His other international legal experiences include helping to review a draft gender policy for United Nations peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Service in New York, and serving as Legal Officer in courses and exercises conducted by the African Standby Force (ASF) of the African Union in Yaounde, Cameroun and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He has one book to his credit, in addition to a number of articles. He is presently in full time private practice and also assists with teaching at the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Accra; and engages in farming in his spare time.
Dzifa Gakpleazi is a human rights lawyer with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Law and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, a qualifying certificate to practice law from the Ghana School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, with Honours, in International Human Rights from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
With seven (7) years of experience in project coordinating at the Legal Resources Centre, she has garnered a lot of practical experience in project management. Specific projects coordinated include three (3) projects on human trafficking and other forms of child labour; and a project on protecting the right to the free movement of persons and goods ensured under ECOWAS Conventions. Her most recent project was a two year project supported by the United States Department of State on building the capacity of law enforcement and other relevant stakeholders in enforcing the applicable laws on human trafficking and protecting the rights of victims. Within this period, she also offered legal aid services to indigents particularly in low income and marginalised communities.
Ms. Gakpleazi has travelled extensively through the ten regions of Ghana engaging in grassroots and grasstops human rights advocacy. She has collaborated extensively with local and foreign institutions such as Harvard University School of Law and public health, United States Department of State, International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Action Aid - Ghana, Anti Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC), etc.
Her primary areas of research are in law, human rights and development. Specifically, she co- authored a concept paper entitled “What Does Human Trafficking Mean in Ghana” which led to the amendment of the Human Trafficking Act, 2005, Act 694. She also authored the paper “Trafficking of Women and Children for Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Ghana,” and co –authored with Dr. Raymond Atuguba “Strengthening Women’s Economic Rights in the areas of Inheritance and Property Rights with Particular Reference to Access to Land.”
She taught Business Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Ashesi University College, and is currently a Private Legal Practitioner, Consultant and a Teaching Assistant for the course Practical Conveyancing and Drafting at the Ghana School of Law.
Sylvester Nii okine Ablorh was called to the bar on 30th September 2011. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in botany specializing in genetics and plant breeding.
His studies of plants and the environment have instilled in him an interest in preserving the environment while making good use of the resources available whether commercially or individually. He taught as a teaching assistant at the department of botany, University of Ghana, in the 2002/2003 academic year and also between 2005 and 2007 when he left to pursue his legal training. His love for imparting knowledge has not waned since.
He is a resource person at the Resource Link Centre in Labone, where he teaches English, Science and mathematics. As a pupil of the law he is willing to handle any interesting case. He is primarily interested in developing a career in corporate, environment and energy law.
His hobbies include reading inspiring literature, playing with children and listening to music.
BARRISTERS & SOLICITORSJames Odartey Mills, Esq