Estelle Appiah Legislative Counsel
EALC (Estelle Appiah Legislative Counsel) is the Legislative Drafting Consultancy established by Estelle Matilda Appiah. Estelle Appiah is an expert in legislative drafting and peer review mechanisms with more than 28 years experience.
She retired as the Director of Legislative Drafting at the Attorney-General's Department of the Ministry of Justice in 2011with the status of a Justice of the Court of Appeal. She has drafted legislation on a myriad of topics from social policy, health, education and petroleum to financial matters.
She has also taught legislative drafting to African Commonwealth lawyers. The key skills of Estelle Appiah are the drafting of substantive and subsidiary legislation, legal research, policy formulation and the preparation of reports.
Estelle Appiah has prepared Legislative drafting manuals for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Senate of the Parliament of Kenya and the Directorate, Legislative Drafting, Ministry of Justice, Namibia. She has strong communication skills and has frequently facilitated stakeholder meetings on policy, legislation and ancillary matters.
Estelle Appiah is qualified to practice law in the UK, Ghana and Lesotho. Her qualifications are from there, the University of Ghana and the University of the West Indies.
Estelle Appiah has published and written on a variety of subjects as follows: The role of Legislative Counsel in the pre-legislative scrutiny of subsidiary legislation. Paper presented at the 4th African Colloquium of Legal Counsel to Parliaments, Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda, October 2017.
Corruption the Antithesis of the Rule of Law. Paper presented at the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel Conference CALC, Melbourne, Australia.
April 2017. Returned Exile; a Biography of George James Christian of Dominica and the Gold Coast 1869-1940, Margaret D.
Rouse-Jones and Estelle M. Appiah.
Published by the University of the West Indies Press 2016. Affirmative Action, Gender Equality and Increased Participation for Women, Which way for Ghana? Paper presented at the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel Conference CALC, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2015, published in the Statute Law Review, June 2015, Article citation: Estelle Matilda Appiah, Affirmative Action, Gender Equality, and Increased Participation for Women, Which Way for Ghana? June 2015 doi: 10.1093/slr/hmv016, also published in the Loophole CALC, July 2015.
Quality Rights and Mental Health in Ghana, a Case Study of the Enactment of the Mental Health Act. Paper published in the Journal of Public Mental Health for special issue on Mental Health and Human Rights December 2013.
Article citation: Estelle Matilda Appiah, (2013) “Quality rights and mental health in Ghana”, Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 12 Iss:4, pp.224-229.
Legislative Sovereignty and the Globalisation of Law, Experience from Ghana. Paper presented at the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel Conference CALC, Cape Town, South Africa.
April 2013, published in the Loophole CALC, August 2013. UNCAC Review Process and the Private Sector, an Assessment Report.
Paper prepared for the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition. May 2013.
Recent assignments completed by Estelle Appiah are: Four day Legislative Drafting Training Programme in Namibia for the Legislative Drafting Directorate, Ministry of Justice, Namibia, November/December 2017 entitled Translating Policy into Legislation, Drafting of Bills. She reviewed and redeveloped the draft Legislative Drafting manual prepared by the Legislative Drafting Directorate December 2017-January 2018.
Support to the Senate of Kenya to improve its effectiveness to fulfil its role to support devolution under the Strengthening Institutional Capacity of the Senate Programme assisted by the Westminster Foundation of Democracy. Acted as the technical resource person in the review of the First Draft of the Legislative Drafting Manual of the Directorate of Legal Services of the Kenya Senate and delivered four days of legislative drafting training to legal counsel in the Senate, September 2017.
Facilitation for the National Institute for Legislative Studies of the National Assembly of Nigeria in a training workshop for select parliamentary staff of the ECOWAS Parliament, National Parliaments from ECOWAS member states, National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly of Nigeria with financial support from the African Capacity Building Foundation, July 2017. Consultancy service to the Directorate of Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture to prepare legislation to establish regulatory boards for oil palm and rubber tree crops, February 2017.
Consultancy service with Bentsi-Enchill Letsa and Ankomah to prepare Legislative Instruments for the Lands Commission Act, 2008 (Act 767) and the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands Act, 1994 (Act 481) under the Land Administration Project2 (LAP-2) of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, funded by the International Development Association, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development-Canada and the Government of Ghana, 2016-2017. Drafted the Social Protection Bill for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection under the auspices of UNICEF, June 2016.
Prepared the Sector Fiscal Decentralisation of Health and Education Financing, a Sub-Component Study by participation in the World Bank sponsored Local Government Capacity Support Project of the Fiscal Decentralisation Unit of the Ministry of Finance, 2015..