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Osei Bonsu Dickson, ESQ

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Osei Bonsu Dickson (Born in Accra, 1973) is a Ghanaian Lawyer, Author and Lecturer.  He is Chief Legal Advisor at the National Security Council Secretariat and has authored 3 books namely, Principles of Security Law, Principles of Business Law and Dickson's Handbook on Security Law, Security Management and Investigations.[1][2][3]

Early Childhood and Education

Dickson was born to Fredrick Kwasi Dickson, a Ghanaian Police Officer and Esther Appiah, a former Security Intelligence Officer and National Security Council member. His early schooling began at Jack and Jill Preparatory School at Roman Ridge, Accra in 1978. He proceed to Accra High School in 1985 and in 1989 he enrolled at Accra Academy after passing with Grade 1. In 1991, Dickson was admitted at the University of Ghana Legon and he graduated in successfully 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2001 he returned to the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana to study Law and earned an LLB quickly following it up with a Barrister at law Certification BL from the Ghana School of Law.

In 2005, Dickson won the first prize award at the Ghana School of Law Moot Court competition held at the supreme court. He proceeded to join the Ghana Bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature in 2005. Later joining the Senior Executives program in National and International Security at Harvard Kennedy School (NIS/HKSEE).  It was there that he developed close camaraderie with the Director of the National Security Program, at the Kennedy School of Government, Lt. General Tad J. Oelstrom, who later wrote the foreword of his book, Dickson on Principles of Security Law. Dickson joined the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana to read a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) in international law (LLM) where he graduated in 2010. In 2016, he was co-winner with Dr. Emmanuel Kwesi Aning of the Joy Fm debate on national security. He has several certificates in intelligence and is a doctoral student at the Open University of Malaysia (OUM).[4]

Working Life and Career

Dickson begun his career in security intelligence as analyst with Ghana’s internal intelligence agency. In a varied career in government, he served as intelligence operative, deputy commander, special investigator, staff officer to two National Security Coordinators, and head of legal for the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly (NAMA).[5] In 2013 he left public service to practice law, teach in academia, and write books full time. [6]

Since 2016 he has served as adjunct lecturer, course director and facilitator in financial criminal law, anti-money laundering law, business law, petroleum law, security governance, intelligence and national security law, military law and armed conflict law among others, at the Faculty of Law, Wisconsin University College, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) , the Graduate School and Ghana Technology University College.

In January 2017, he returned to the National Security Council Secretariat as Chief Legal Advisor and National Coordinator of the US-Ghana Security Governance Initiative.

1n October 2017, he was appointed by President HE Nana ddo Danquah to the Board of Directors of the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) a statutory agency under Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) that collects and analyzes information and intelligence about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes. He is a serving member of the Government of Ghana’s National Cyber Security Technical Working Group (NCSTWG), its National Maritime Security Technical Working Group (NMSTWG), and National Border Security Technical Working Group (NBSTWG). [7]


Dickson is widely respected for his contribution to business and security law. His first publication, Dickson on Principles of Business Law (Icon: 2015) written while he was Legal and Regulatory Director for Expresso Telecom offers a broad coverage of the legal essentials of Ghanaian business law.

However, he is best known for his second book, Dickson on Principles of Security Law (Icon: 2016), a landmark publication which offers a wide coverage of the law for security and intelligence professionals, Dickson has won considerable praise for his work from several distinguished experts.

Lt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom (Rtd), Director, National Security Programs, Harvard University in a foreword to the book, wrote:

A wonderful contribution to the discussion..Dickson has taken a valuable step towards advancing the law with this very informative book. I predict that “Dickson on Principles of Security Law” will appear on many bookshelves with numerous tabs, sticky notes, and folded corners”

Kwesi Aning Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC wrote:

Dickson on Principles of Security Law is a very welcome addition to the bourgeoning literature on the legal regimes underpinning Ghanaian praxis. Made up of text, cases and materials, it is the first and only book to bring together in one place the scattered text and instruments dealing with Ghanaian security. The publication is a detailed magisterial work that strips the secrecy and undue confidentiality that has over decades shrouded these laws and made them subject to abuse, intimidation and misapplication. Being accessible to a wider readership, Dickson’s work will advance security governance and ultimately deepen democracy in Ghana. I have nothing but praise for this excellent book”

His third book, Dickson’s Handbook on Security (Icon: 2015) offers a treatment of legal pre-requisites for investigators.


  1. Dickson, Osei Bonsu (2016). Dickson on Principles of Business Law: Text, Cases and Materials : for Students and Corporate Managers. Icon Publishing Limited. ISBN 9789988856762. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Osei Bonsu Dickson, Barrister (2016-11-16), LAUNCH OF DICKSON ON PRINCIPLES OF SECURITY LAW, retrieved 2018-07-17
  3. Dickson, Osei-Bonsu (2016-11-01). Dickson on Principles of Security Law: Text, Cases and Materials. Dan Odei. Icon Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9789988856755. ASIN 998885675X. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. "Osei Bonsu Dickson, PhD Fellow | Wisconsin International University College - Academia.edu". wiuc-ghana.academia.edu. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  5. Clinics, Osei Bonsu DicksonSanford International; GhanaBA; LL.B; LL.M; ECNIS; BL. "Osei Bonsu Dickson | BA(Hons), LL.B (Hons), LL.M (UG), ECNIS (Harvard), BL". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  6. Dickson, Osei Bonsu. "Esquire" (PDF). Institute of Risk Management.
  7. "Ghana To Establish Top Of The World Cyber Security Centre". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-07-18.

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