About Estelle Appiah Legislative Counsel

Estelle Appiah is an expert in legislative drafting and was the former Director of the Legislative Drafting Division of the Attorney-General’s Department of the Ministry of Justice, Ghana. She has worked for more than twenty-seven years drafting legislation.
She has been concerned with drafting legislation on a wide range of topics from social policy and petroleum to financial matters. She has also taught legislative drafting to African Commonwealth lawyers and is a legislative drafting instructor with Athabasca University, Canada. Estelle Appiah was appointed a member of the 5 person Constitution Review Implementation Committee charged to follow up and implement the report of the Constitution Review Commission and the Government White Paper on the Report of the Constitution Review Commission of Enquiry in 2012. In 2010 she was trained as a reviewer by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the implementation of United Nations Convention Against Corruption to conduct reviews of state parties to the Convention and was a Governmental expert for the Review Mechanism on the implementation of the UNCAC country assessment of Uganda, representing the Republic of Ghana in March 2011. In 2007 Mrs. Appiah was trained as a legal assessor by the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, GIABA and the World Bank to participate in mutual evaluations of anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism regimes.She was a legal assessor for GIABA on anti-money laundering, counter financing of terrorism in the assessment of the FATF40 + 9 Recommendations of the Republic of the Gambia in 2008.

In 2009 she led the legal response team when GIABA assessed Ghana’s AML/CFT regime for compliance with the FATF Recommendations and in 2011 she was a member of the Expert Review Group of GIABA for the review of the Liberia FATF Mutual Evaluation Report.

Estelle Appiah was responsible for the preparation of the 2009 Ghana Anti-Corruption Manual, Comparative Analysis of Anti-Corruption Laws of Ghana compared with the UN Convention Against Corruption and the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and for the Republic of Ghana Treaty Manual.

From 2006-2007 she was the chairperson of the technical team that put together the proposals for the Anti-Money Laundering Bill and the Economic and Organised Crime Office Bill and drafted the Economic and Organised Crime(Operations) Regulations.

Estelle Appiah was also a member of the team that put together the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2012-2021.

Estelle Appiah has taught legislative drafting to African Commonwealth Lawyers for a number of years. She is the author of a Legislative Drafting Manual for African Commonwealth jurisdictions commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat, 2007.

AWARDS

Mental Health Foundation Award in recognition of the tireless and selfless contribution made towards the initiation, development and enactment of the Mental Health Act 2012 (Act 846) October 2015.

Meritorious award for the contribution towards enhancing the destiny of the Ghanaian child, UNCRC at 20, Department of Children, Ministry of Women and Childrens Affairs, March 2010.

Long Service Award presented to Estelle Appiah as the Director of Legislative Drafting by the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney-General’s Department in deep gratitude and appreciation of the faithful, dedicated and invaluable service rendered to the nation from January 1989-March 2011.

CITATION

Presented by the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Nana Oye Lithur in 2016, for the instrumental role in the drafting of the legal framework for the Affirmative Action Bill and the great commitment to advocate for the rights of women in Ghana to ensure gender equality and their empowerment.

Vision Statement

To draft legislation that is clear, concise and easily
understood in furtherance of the rule of law.

Goal

To uphold the rule of law with integrity and commitment.

Mission Statement

E.A.L.C aims to offer legislative drafting services, expert advice related to legislation and to teach legislative drafting skills.

We also participate in peer review mechanisms and promote awareness of legislation at the highest professional level.

“Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed, too severe, seldom executed.” Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author and inventor (1706-1790),

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