Chief Justice of Ghana to Visit Fordham Law

February 02, 2011

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School will host a visit by the Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship Mrs. Georgina Wood, February 5 through 9, 2011. The Chief Justice will meet with Co-Director Professor Tracy Higgins and other Center faculty to discuss the ongoing relationship between the Center and the Judicial Service of Ghana, which Chief Justice of Ghana Georgina Woodencompasses numerous joint projects, including Supreme Court clerkship and internship programs, judicial capacity building through research projects, and judicial exchanges and trainings for members of the Ghanaian judicial service. 

This will be Her Ladyship’s second visit to the Leitner Center. On her first visit in April 2008, she met with Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer and later traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with her American counterpart, Chief Justice John G. Roberts. 

“We are very excited to welcome the Chief Justice of Ghana back to the Leitner Center,” said Professor Paolo Galizzi, Director of the Center's Sustainable Development Legal Initiative. “We are looking forward to a productive visit, as the Center continues to strengthen its ties to the Ghanaian judiciary.” The Chief Justice will be accompanied by Mrs. Justice Gifty Dekyem of the High Court of Ghana and Mr. Bernard Bentil of the Chief Justice's Secretariat.

During her visit, the Chief Justice will also meet with Former Dean and Norris Professor of Law John D. Feerick ’61, Founder and Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, and colleagues to discuss projects to encourage alternative dispute resolution practices. Her Ladyship will further meet with Interim Dean Michael M. Martin and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Sheila Foster.

The Leitner Center has also organized visits to local New York City problem-solving courts and a meeting with Judge Judy Harris Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning for the NY State courts and Former Chief Judge of New York Judith Kaye. Finally, she will give a lecture on “The Role of the Judiciary in Protecting Human Rights and Advancing Access to Justice in Ghana” at New York University on Tuesday, February 8, co-sponsored by the Leitner Center.

Prior to visiting New York, her Ladyship will travel to Atlanta where she is to be honored at the 19th Annual Trumpet Awards, alongside U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., and other esteemed honorees. The Chief Justice has also been invited to speak at the MIT Sloan Africa Business Club and will attend the National Prayer Breakfast at the invitation of the Congressional Committee, at which President Barack Obama is to speak.