Christine Opoku Onyinah

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He shall stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men

– Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)

Practice Focus

Christine’s areas of expertise include Criminal/ Criminal Justice, Corporate/Commercial, Family, Employment and Dispute Resolution matters.

Overview

Christine is a triple-qualified lawyer, having qualified as a Barrister in England and Wales, an Attorney-at-law in New York, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Ghana. Christine also has a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and International Relations from the University of Kent, UK.

At Zoe, Akyea & Co, Christine is a Senior Associate, and her practice is a diverse mix of corporate/commercial, family, employment, dispute resolution, and criminal justice matters.

Christine has significant experience working on domestic and international criminal/criminal justice cases. Prior to joining Zoe, Akyea & Co., Christine spent two (2) years working as a Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service in Nottingham, United Kingdom, where she prosecuted a broad range of criminal cases.

Christine also spent the last three (3) years working as an intern and subsequently as a Legal Consultant with the Prosecution Division of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Christine is a Law Lecturer at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA). Her academic interests are in criminal law and human rights issues. Christine was recently consulted by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the UNFPA Ghana on the review of Domestic Violence Laws in Ghana, a project which she is currently working on.

Christine is known for her critical and in-depth analysis of the law, which she applies to everyday problems to find meaningful and beneficial solutions for her clients.

She has a demonstrated ability to work on complex legal cases and is able to simplify seemingly complex legal issues. She is considered an experienced and excellent advocate and is open to receiving instructions across a broad range of legal areas.

Experience

Representative Legal Matters

  • Successfully prosecuted criminal cases, including assaults, kidnapping, domestic violence, driving, and drug offenses in the United Kingdom.
  • Contributed majorly to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity arising in the Central African Republic (CAR 2A Situation) and in Kenya (Gicheru Case).
Credentials
Admissions
  • Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana (2021)
  • Attorney at law, New York (2020)
  • England and Wales (2016)

 

Education
  • Ghana School of Law, Post Call Qualification (2021)
  • Barbri Law Review, New York Bar Qualification (2020)
  • Nottingham Trent University, Bar Professional Training Course (2016)
  • University of Kent, Bachelor of Laws, LLB (First Class Honours) (2015)
  • University of Kent, Master of Laws, LLM International law & International Relations (2013)
  • KNUST, Bachelor of Science, BSc Land Economy (2011)

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Member, Hedera Collective
  • Member, Ghana Bar Association
  • Member, African Women in Energy (AWIE)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Bar Council UK
  • Member, Inner Temple (Inns of Court)

 

Languages
  • English
  • Akan
  • French (Intermediate)
Insights
Publications
  • Contributing Writer, “Stateless in Assam: Precursors to Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity”, Common Good Foundation, July 15, 2018
Interests

Christine is a commendable swimmer; she reads, travels and mentors young women as often as she can.

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