Kuukuwa Andam is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. Her thesis focuses on how female sexual minorities in Ghana are using technology for activism. Her research interests are human rights law, international law, labor and employment law, feminist legal studies, gender and sexuality, and African Studies.
Kuukuwa has worked with diverse legal aid organizations across Ghana and the United States of America. She most recently worked as a lawyer for the Legal Aid Scheme, Ghana’s governmental organization that provides legal services to indigent persons, particularly to women and children.
Kuukuwa holds an LL.M. degree from Cornell University and has received the following awards: HR Stuart Ryan Fellowship (2015-2017), International Tuition Award (2014-2018) and the Queen’s University Graduate Awards (2014-2018).
Kuukuwa has clerked with the Chief Justice of Ghana and worked as a country conditions expert for human rights and asylum related cases in the United Kingdom and United States. She has taught diverse courses including seminars on human rights, gender, and sexuality at Queen’s University. Kuukuwa’s research experience includes managing a SSHRC funded project on Canadian lawyers and sexual minority rights and assisting with research on the experiences of black students in universities at the Queen’s University Human Rights Office. She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and a member of the board of directors of CEPEHRG, a non-governmental human rights organization that provides services to sexual minorities in Ghana.
Recent Professional Achievements
“Justice Sophia Akuffo: Balancing the Equities,” in International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives, eds. Josephine Dawuni and Hon. Akua Kuenyehia (New York: Routledge, 2017), 98-108.
Featured Conference Presentation
“Behave like Women”: Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women in Ghana Law and Society Association/ Canadian Law and Society International Conference, Toronto (2018)