Professor of Law
Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh specializes in constitutional law, comparative constitutional design, and problems of constitutionalism in post-authoritarian societies.
Professor H. Kwasi Prempeh joined the Seton Hall Law School faculty in Spring 2003, after serving a year as Director of Legal Policy and Governance at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, a nongovernmental policy forum and research institute he helped found in 1998 to promote and support democratic reform and constitutionalism in Ghana. During his time in Ghana, Professor Prempeh worked on a wide variety of policy and legal reform issues, including land sector reform, anticorruption policy, review of the country’s constitution, and reform of business-related legislation and corporate governance in Ghana’s public commercial sector.
Previously, Professor Prempeh was a transactional associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, in Washington, D.C. Before then, he was an associate in the antitrust and general litigation practice group at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, also in Washington, D.C.
Professor Prempeh received his J.D. from Yale Law School. He served on the Yale Law Journal as a Note editor and was a Coker (teaching) Fellow for the first-year class. Professor Prempeh obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Ghana and holds an MBA from Baylor University’s Graduate School of Business.
At Seton Hall Law School, Professor Prempeh teaches courses and seminars in constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism, business associations, international economic law, and jurisprudence. Professor Prempeh’s scholarly interests are in the areas of comparative constitutional design, constitutionalism in new democracies, law and economic development, and U.S. antidiscrimination jurisprudence.
BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Presidential Power, in Democratization In Africa: Progress and Retreat, published jointly by Johns Hopkins University Press and the Journal of Democracy (2010)
The Global Divergence of Democracies, in New Jurisprudence for Africa, (Larry Diamond & Marc Plattner) (2001)
LAW REVIEW ARTICLES
Africa's "Constitutionalism Revival": False Start or New Dawn?, 5 Int'l J. Con. L. 469 (2007)
African Judges, In their Own Cause: Reconstituting Independent Courts in Contemporary Africa, 4 Int'l J. Con. L. 592 (2006) (review essay)
Marbury in Africa: Judicial Review and the Challenge of Constitutionalism in Contemporary Africa, 80 Tulane L. Rev. 1239 (2006)