Jamaldeen Tonzua, a Ghanaian lawyer and academic, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 United Nations Global Environment and Sustainability Law Fellowship. As the first Ghanaian recipient of this fellowship, Tonzua will receive extensive professional resources and practical training in global environment and sustainability law at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters.

This latest recognition marks Tonzua’s fourth fellowship from the United Nations since 2019. With a background in international business transactions, public international law, energy and environmental law, as well as international arbitration and dispute resolution, Tonzua serves as the managing partner of Merton & Everett law firm, leading its energy and natural resources practice team.

In addition to his legal practice, Tonzua is a lecturer at the law faculty of the Ghana Institute of Law and Public Administration, and a guest lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law (LLM Programs). He has also served as a government legal advisor and military staff officer in Ghana.

Tonzua’s passion for human rights, environmental sustainability, and climate change policy is evident through his professional contributions to foreign governments, international organizations, and policy think tanks. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown Law. Currently, Tonzua is pursuing a Doctor of International Affairs degree at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.