Dr Thomas Mensah, an 84-year old Ghanaian Jurist, is currently in the bad books of the People’s Republic of China after he ruled against the communist country on the disputed waters of the South China sea.
According to the judgement by a five-member Tribune headed by the renowned Judge, China has no claims over the contested wars with the island nation of the Philippines who brought the case before it at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
It is uncertain if China will adhere to the judgement as they have declared other international ruling as none biding.
However, Dr Mensah is receiving so much praise for taking the bold step to declare the powerful nation as wrong in the matter.
Speaking to Fairfax Media, Paul Reichler, a partner at Foley Hoag LLP and Philippines’ lawyer said the judge is “highly regarded”.
"We were very pleased when Judge Mensah was appointed because we know he is an expert in the law of the sea, one of the pre-eminent experts in the world. He's a man of impeccable honesty, integrity and impartiality," he disclosed.
Dr Mensah was the first president of the International Tribunal for the law of the sea after he served as Ghana's first High Commissioner to South Africa in the 1990s.
He had his education at the University of Ghana and later moved on to the University of London and later at Yale Law School in the United States for his post-graduate studies.