Justice Emile Short, former Judge UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda explains how the International Criminal Court works at ACILA’s Roundtable Discussion on Africa and the ICC

The Africa Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA) was incorporated under US law, in the state of Virginia, on 20th October, 2015, and received its designation as a 501 (c)(3) research and education, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organization from the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America.

On 23rd December, 2015, ACILA-Ghana was incorporated under Ghana law as a non-governmental organization with a certificate of recognition as a National NGO number D.S.D/6857 by the Department of Social Development in Ghana.

ACILA is governed by a 9-member Board and run by a Secretariat.

ACILA deploys its programming primarily from its office in Accra, Ghana, to Africa with the following areas of focus:

  • International law
  • International justice
  • Monitoring African States’ compliance with regional and international instruments
  • International Human rights
  • Good governance
  • Anti-corruption
  • Rule of Law

Our Leadership:

William Nyarko, Executive Director, ACILA

Bio Sketch of William Nyarko

Mr. William Nyarko is the Executive Director of the Africa Center for International Law and Accountability, a research and education, non-profit and non-partisan think tank incorporated under the laws of the United States of America and Ghana. Mr. Nyarko’s fortes are public international law, global governance, public policy, rule of law, and democratic governance. He holds a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law (LL.M) from the George Washington University Law School, US; a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University, US; and an LL.B from Nottingham Law School, UK. He writes and speaks regularly on democratic governance, public international law, international criminal justice issues and Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court. Mr. Nyarko also has a longstanding interest in investigative journalism, a job he considers his first love, having practiced as an investigative journalist in Ghana and won the best investigative journalist of the year award in Ghana twice: 2001 and 1997.


Carl Mensah, Deputy Executive Director, ACILA

Oforiwaa Gyasi-Adonten, Director of Programs and Research




Ms.Esi Arhin-Turkson, Deputy Director, Programs

Ms. Arhin-Turkson has a longstanding interest in accountability and human rights. She is a strong advocate of human rights and gender issues and uses voice, camera, and other tools of her trade to bring attention to both causes for redress.

A multimedia journalist who trained on the job in Ghana, she worked with the Multimedia Group Ltd on the JoyNews channel on Multitv as a producer and hosted the network’s flagship news/current affairs programmes “Joint Caucus” and “PM Express.” Both programme platforms offered opportunity and challenge to hold government, politicians, and key actors from all sectors accountable in Ghana.

She’s also known for her work at TV Africa as a presenter of the popular morning news magazine show “Daybreak.”
A strong advocate of gender rights, Esi has profiled women who have excelled in diverse areas of human endeavor in Ghana and other parts of the world on TV Africa’s “Obaa Mbo”, the 2009 CIMG award winning programme of the year. With a passion for upholding the rights of the underprivileged and lifting them up, Esi has also interviewed hundreds of ordinary Ghanaians and told their challenging life stories as the field presenter of the “Zain Touching Lives” documentary series, winner of the 2010 CIMG award for programme of the year.

In her role as Deputy Director of programmes, she is responsible for, among other things, leading efforts to identifying and making programmatic decisions and executing those programs. She is currently working on
a novel program that will rank African states’ human rights reporting gaps to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the body that oversees the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The objective of this project is to monitor African states’ compliance with their international obligations under the ICCPR and ultimately bring them into compliance with the international instrument that they have ratified.
Esi is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana and holds a professional Diploma in Theatre Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in the same discipline revolving on development communication

Mr. Eric Annin, Director, Finance & Administration

Moses Adu, Program Officer (Training and Fundraising)