GIMPA Law School launches the Gertrude Torkornoo Moot Court Competition


By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu

The GIMPA Law School on February 8, 2024, launched the Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo National Moot Court Competition at the Greenhill campus. The event was in honour of the Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, and commenced with a compelling public lecture on the theme ‘Ethics, Compliance, and Accountability: A Holistic Approach to Adjudication’ delivered by Her Ladyship herself. Chairing the event was Prof. Victor Kwame Agyeman, representing the Chairman of the GIMPA Governing Council, Mr. Kofi Asante Darko.

Despite being away on official duty, the Rector of GIMPA, Prof. Samuel Kwaku Bonsu, extended a warm virtual welcome to the guests. In his remarks, Prof. Bonsu expressed profound gratitude to Her Ladyship Justice Torkornoo for the honour bestowed upon the Institute by allowing GIMPA to name the competition after her. He emphasised the importance of practical application alongside classroom learning, affirming his full support for this innovative addition to GIMPA’s Law resources. “I believe this competition will entrench GIMPA’s Law in the legal education landscape of Ghana,” he asserted, highlighting its potential to enhance the institution’s reputation as the leading Law School in Ghana and the sub-region”.

Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo, in her response, conveyed appreciation to the Management of GIMPA for the recognition. She envisioned the competition as a catalyst for students’ legal learning journey, pledging a generous cash prize of GHC10,000 to augment its significance. Additionally, the Director of the Ghana School of Law, Barima Nana Yaw Kodie Oppong, offered support by providing Law books authored by himself. Accompanied by an entourage of Justices, Her Ladyship underscored the stringent focus and skills development inherent in the moot court competition, positioning it as a pivotal milestone in legal education.

Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, the Dean of the Law School, reiterated the School’s commitment to academic excellence and ethical responsibility. He lauded the Chief Justice for her unwavering dedication to justice and accountability, which served as a beacon of inspiration for legal practitioners nationwide.

The Chairperson of the national moot court competition, and faculty of the GIMPA Law School, Dr. Enam Antonio, provided an overview of the moot problem, highlighting its role in fostering a vibrant moot court culture among law students across the country. Also present were the Deputy Rector of GIMPA, the Secretary of the Institute, Deans, Directors, faculty and staff of GIMPA.

The Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo National Moot Court Competition embodies GIMPA’s dedication to nurturing legal scholarship, fostering professional integrity, and instilling a sense of ethical responsibility among its students. This prestigious event marks a significant milestone in the annals of GIMPA’s legal education legacy, promising to shape the future of legal advocacy in Ghana and beyond.



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