A Historical Journey Through Contract Law in Ghana

The evolution of contract law in Ghana unfolds as a captivating narrative, weaving together centuries of tradition, colonial influence, and post-independence legal reforms. In the pre-colonial era, Ghana’s diverse ethnic groups relied on customary agreements rooted in trust and community. However, the advent of British colonial rule ushered in English contract law principles, ushering in a dual legal system that harmonized Western legal concepts with traditional customs. Following Ghana’s independence in 1957, legal reforms, including the Contracts Act of 1960, codified contract law and established a comprehensive framework that bridged the gap between customary practices and imported colonial norms. Today, Ghana’s dynamic contract law continues to evolve, harmonizing tradition and modernity, while fostering international trade, safeguarding fundamental rights, and paving the way for a promising legal future.