Fordham Law

Ghana Supreme Court Chief Justice Visits Fordham Law

April 18, 2008

From April 6-12, Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship  Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood visited the United States. Her official visit was organized and sponsored by the Sustainable Development Legal Initiative (SDLI) of Fordham Law's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

During her visit, Chief Justice Wood delivered a lecture at Fordham Law School entitled "The Dynamic of Law and Development in Ghana: The Case for Judicial Reform in an Emergent Democracy."
She was also accompanied by Fordham Law Dean William Michael TreanorProfessor Tracy Higgins, and Professor Paolo Galizzi on a Washington, DC trip to meet with US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Stephen Breyer.

The visit, coordinated by Professor Galizzi, SDLI Director, and Carolyn Dubay '95, Supreme Court Fellow and Fordham Law graduate, included meetings with Director of the Federal Judicial Center Hon. Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, and Judges Alterton and Williams, as well as meetings at the Center for Court Innovation.
"Her Ladyship's visit was highly successful in strengthening the relationship between Fordham Law School, its Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, and the Judicial Service of Ghana," said Galizzi. "Our relationship has already produced concrete and tangible results through the establishment of a clerkship program at the Supreme Court of Ghana, as well as a summer internship program for both Fordham and Ghanaian law students."

Justice Wood also attended the Judicial Justice Symposium hosted by Fordham Law School's Stein Center for Law and Ethics where she met privately with US Supreme Court Justices, Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor and Hon. Stephen Breyer to discuss the role of Supreme Courts and the challenges facing the judiciary in both countries.

"The cordial exchange between Justice Wood and her US colleagues touched upon many issues of common interests in the delivery of justice in both countries," Galizzi said. 

Throughout her visit, Justice Wood encouraged a continued exchange of ideas and embraced the idea of future cooperation between Ghana and the US, extending invitations to US Justices and Fordham Faculty to visit Ghana.

The first such visit could be organized by the end of the year.

Justice Wood was accompanied throughout the visit by Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law KNUST Ernest Abotsi, Ghana.

Assistance in facilitating the visit was also provided by the Ghanaian Embassies and its staff in New York and Washington.


Contact: Steve Eichinger