Updated: Jul 30, 2020
On Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, Kojo Bentsi-Enchill Esq., Founder and Retired Senior Partner of Bentsi- Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, delivered via Zoom, the fifth edition of the GIMPA Law and Ethics Web series on the theme: Leveraging COVID-19 to deliver Technology-Based Learning into the Future. This session was moderated by Ms. Joan Selorm Tsorhe, a Lecturer at the GIMPA Faculty of Law.
The age of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is characterized by the disruptive as well as creative impact it has had on different facets of socio-economic life. However, there hasn’t been a drive for technological change in the legal sector of Ghana, owing to the inherently conservative nature of the legal profession in Ghana. COVID-19 has however propelled technological change in legal education, in particular, and it is imperative that this is sustained.
In order to facilitate this, a number of issues will have to be addressed by all stakeholders, including, but not limited to: the introduction of Continuous Technological Legal Education (CTLE); the provision of fast, stable and affordable internet access; the development of compulsory Law & Information Technology modules; delivery of online lectures as an alternative to and/or complement of the traditional in-person mode of delivery; and accessibility to virtual law libraries as well as access to legal databases.
This will nonetheless require massive logistical expenditure and the needed infrastructure put in place, as well as the need for attitudinal change across the board. Strenuous efforts will thus have