Described as a true legal luminary, Nana Susubribi Krobea Asante, Paramount Chief of Asante Asokore, Ghana, known in private life as Samuel Kwadwo Boaten Asante, has traversed many fields of law practice, academia, global service and traditional leadership.
His contribution to the constitutionalism and policy development in Ghana remains immense, and is acclaimed for many legal reforms in Ghana and across international organisations.
However, his pioneering work and contribution to commercial arbitration around the globe, and his contribution to the landmark establishment of the Ghana Arbitration Centre, continues to be celebrated by the ADR industry.
He is an International Arbitrator, and has served as International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and many other international arbitration bodies.
While Prof Asante’s work traverses diverse fields, he is especially known for his work in the areas of international investment law and commercial arbitration.
From the days of his teaching at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana to his extensive experience within the international commercial adjudicatory system, Prof Asante continues to play a pivotal role in the evolution and development of various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms especially Arbitration.
Born on May 11, 1933, Nana Professor Asante was educated at Achimota School, took an LL.B (Hons) Degree from Nothingham University in 1956, an LL.M. from London University (Kings College and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) in 1958, and was admitted as a solicitor (Hons) of the Supreme Court of England and to the Ghana Bar in 1960. Nana Professor S.K.B. Asante also possesses Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) (Yale Law School, USA) in 1965. He was a pioneer lecturer in law at the Department/Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon (1961-65) and Acting Head of the Law Department in 1962. He also lectured at the faculty of Law, Leeds University (UK) in 1965-66.
He has been an Attorney in the Legal Department of the World Bank, Washington DC, and (1966-69). Adjunct Professor of Law at Howard University, Washington D.C (1967-69); Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney-General of Ghana (1969-77); Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Business, Temple University Law School, Philadelphia, U.S.A. (1976); Chief Legal Advisor at the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, (UNCTC), New York, (1977-83); Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall and Visiting Member of the Law Faculty, Cambridge University (1978-79); Director UNCTC (1983-92), Visiting Professor of Law, faculty of Law, University of Ghana (1991), Director-in-charge, Division of Natural Resources, Energy, Environment Science and Technology at the UN, New York, (1993) and Chairman , Public Utility Regulatory Commission of Ghana (1997-2002).
In 1991-92, Nana was the Chairman of the Committee of Experts that drafted proposals for the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. He is an active international arbitrator, a member of the ICC court of International Arbitration, Paris, as well as several other arbitration institutions, and Co-founder and Chairman of the Ghana Arbitration Centre.
Nana is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hon. Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, U.K, Fellow and past president of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
- Member of the Ghana Bar.
- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England.
- Member, American Society of International Law.
- Member, International Law Association.
- Member, American Foreign Law Association.
- Member, General Legal Council of Ghana (1969-80).
- Member, International Bar Association.
Publications and Lectures
He has published extensively on international business transactions, transnational corporations, investment law, international law, constitutional law, property law, law and development, and advised numerous governments around the world in these areas. He has more than fifty publications to his credit and the proud recipient of Ghana Book Award for Distinguished Writers and of National Award; and an Officer of the Order of the Volta.