Professor Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Dah was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that, he served as a Special Adviser (Legal) at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London for twenty years (1984 to 2003). In that capacity, he was responsible for legal advisory and negotiation services to developing member states of the Commonwealth. Besides legal advisory and judicial components, his career has also included an academic role. Appointed a lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1969, he rose to the position of Associate Professor there and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, before becoming a full Professor of Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, in 1980. He has also held visiting academic positions at Lincoln College, Oxford University, the Yale Law School, U.S.A. and Fribourg University, Switzerland.
He is a former Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Ghana and a member of the Council of GARIA (the Ghana Association of Reconstruction and Insolvency Advisors). Earlier, he was Chairman of the Council of the University of Ghana from 2009 to 2016. Since retiring from the Judiciary, he has served as an occasional arbitrator.
Professor Justice Date-Bah was educated at the University of Ghana (LL.B, first class honours, 1965), the Yale Law School (LL.M, 1967) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D, 1969). He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1969. He has published extensively on Ghanaian law and international commercial law.
He was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000. In 2015, he was decorated with the Order of the Volta of the Republic of Ghana.