Abook on legal literacy launched

Dr. Nana Oppong (left), speaking at the launch

Dr. Nana Oppong (left), speaking at the launch

A book on legal literacy for the legally untrained mind has been launched with the aim to serve as a guide for the citizenry, especially in situations where a lawyer is not readily available.

The book titled “Illegal” is authored by Dr Nana Oppong an internationally renowned expert on intelligence and author of other education, science and economics books.

The “Illegal” is the author’s solution to solving some of the misconceptions about the legal profession as well as arming ‘legal illiterates’ with some legal education on everyday issues so as to guide people’s day-to-day activities that may require legal advice.

The 126 page book which has 20 chapters addresses matters ranging from the overview of the legal culture, through contracts up to criminal matters among others.

At the launch in Accra last Friday, the author, Dr. Nana Oppong, observed that by reading  ‘Illegal’, one would no longer have any excuses to be ignorant of the law.

He said, “the first law is that everyone has the right to be wise. The second is, everyone has the right to be ignorant of the law. The third law is that, the wise has the right to exploit the ignorant in accordance with the law.”

He explained that the book was not meant to make lawyers irrelevant but rather to complement their efforts because prospective clients would be in a better position to appreciate the legal processes.

According to him, the lack of appreciation of these three fundamental rights of the law was responsible for the resource exploitation of Africa in a legal framework.

The author expressed the hope that “illegal” will become the standard book for legal education so that no one would become ignorant in the law.

Chief Executive Officer of Smartline, Mr. Elliott Agyare, said his outfit was glad to be part of a book that challenges the status quo and dares to do things differently for the greater good of the society.

He observed that there couldn’t have been a better time for the publication of such a book, saying that it was very critical for the citizenry to be legally literate in this day and age.

The Pro-vice Chancellor of Knutsford University, John Kwabena Essel, bemoaned the lack of interest in writing books to serve as reference point for the yet to be born generation.

He therefore urged people in the academia, business as well as people from all walks of life to endeavour to document their experiences for others to read and learn from them in order to avoid common mistakes in life.

 

By Times Reporter

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