Dr Akilagpa Sawyerr is a Ghanaian academic and jurist. He was educated at the Universities of Durham, London and Berkeley in California, obtaining the degrees of LLB, LLM and J.S.D. He is a Barrister of Law and a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Ghana and of Papua New Guinea.
Prof. Sawyerr has been teaching Law since 1964 lecturing all over the African continent and beyond. From 2003 to 2008 he was Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU). Prior to his involvement with this organization, Dr Sawyerr has held many positions at the University of Dar-es-Salaam (1964 to 1970), University of Ghana (1970 to 1998), the University of Papua New Guinea (1979 to 1984). From 1985-1992 Professor Sawyerr was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. Professor Sawyerr has worked with a number of African universities in other capacities as well and was also the President of CODESRIA from 1996 to 1998.
Professor Sawyerr has published a number of books, chapters and journal articles, which encompass a wide range of topics and interests, with emphasis on legal matters in African countries and issues relating to higher education on the continent.