The Baldy Center Podcast


Episode 41: Theophilus Edwin Coleman discusses Ghana’s proposed anti-LGBTQ+ Bill and its effect on academic freedom

Published April 30, 2024

Theophilus Edwin Coleman discusses Ghana’s proposed anti-LGBTQ+ Bill and its effect on academic freedom. Coleman outlines the basic structure of the bill, the relationship between church and state within Ghana, and the possible future implications for this bill, if it were to be passed.

Keywords: LGBTQ+ rights, Homosexuality, Ghanaian Law/Courts, Christian Church, Human Rights, Advocacy Center.

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I think that there are certain social implications which we really haven’t researched into. The first would be the coping mechanisms that the LGBTQ+ community would decide to adopt to avoid imprisonment. Would they possibly marry, to cover up their sexual orientation? That is a possibility

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...we will set a very bad precedent in terms of a group of people who might have their own beliefs, who might have their own moral dogmas among other things, to feel that it is time to impose criminal sanctions so long as they can fund it in certain sections of Ghanaians, including teachers, and I am completely opposed to that.”

           — Theophilus Edwin Coleman
                (The Baldy Center Podcast, Spring 2024)

Theophilus Edwin Coleman, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Law

Research Focus: Labor and Employment Law, African Legal Philosophy, Conflict of Laws, International Commercial Law, Human Rights

Theophilus Edwin Coleman, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Theophilus Edwin Coleman

Prior to coming to Buffalo, Dr. Theophilus Edwin Coleman was at the University of Johannesburg where he was a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law, and an associate at the Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Countries. Coleman's research focuses on: Labor and Employment Law; African Legal Philosophy; Conflict of Laws - International Commercial Law;  Human Rights.

Professor Coleman received an LL.D. and an LL.M. in International Commercial Law from the University of Johannesburg, an LL.B. from the University of Cape Coast, and a B.A. in Political Science and Information Studies from the University of Ghana.

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Logan, The Baldy Center’s 2023-2024 podcast host/producer, is a graduate student in UB's School of Architecture and Planning, Program on International Development and Global Health. Logan is interested in NGOs and nonprofit global health initiatives within the global south. Logan completed undergraduate studies in Public Health, with a minor in Spanish, and has recently been accepted into a certificate program at NYU x Rolling Stone for Modern Journalism. As graduate research assistant, Logan has worked for the Women’s Health Initiative, and, the Community for Global Health Equity. Recipient of the 2022 Art Goshin Global Health Fieldwork Award for research on Decentralization of Health Services in Ghana, Logan currently serves as a research assistant with Dr. Tia Palermo's 2PE lab. 

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