Mr. James Odartey Mills

James is the Director of Liberty Law Consult, and the head of the legal team. He is a solicitor and barrister-at-law, a former army officer and a trained administrator and Human Resource Practitioner.

He was called to the Ghana Bar in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree with honours from the University of Ghana, Legon; a certificate in International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflicts) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in addition to other qualifications.

As a former army officer, he served as an Assistant Director of Legal Services in the Ghana Army for five years. He also served as Legal Officer in a number of United Nations peacekeeping missions in places like Lebanon, Israel and La Cote d’Ivoire. His other international legal experiences include helping to review a draft gender policy for United Nations peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Service in New York, and serving as Legal Officer in courses and exercises conducted by the African Standby Force (ASF) of the African Union in Yaounde, Cameroun and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He has also served as a consultant to the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on HIV/AIDS and human rights matters in the past – a task that took him to a number of West African Countries to examine country specific legal provisions on HIV/AIDS. He has one book to his credit with a second, a text book entitled ‘Labour Law’, to be published soon, in addition to a number of articles. He is presently in full time private practice and also assists with teaching at the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Accra, and engages in farming in his spare time.

His passion for children, especially those born from wedlock are of much concern to him, hence his support for ISFUND. He currently serves on the ISFUND board as the Legal Advisor.