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GIMPA Law Faculty hosts 9th International and Comparative Urban Law Conference

The Law Faculty of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) will from Thursday 18 through to Saturday 20 May 2023, host the Ninth International and Comparative Urban Law Conference (ICULC) at the Moot Courtroom of the Faculty.

The ICULC is the Urban Law Center at Fordham University School of Law’s annual convening of legal scholars from across the world, to explore issues relating to urban governance and innovation, sustainability and ecosystems, public health, housing, the structure and scope of local authority and the role of law in urban policy areas.

The ninth edition of the annual conference is being co-sponsored and hosted by the GIMPA Faculty of Law and in attendance will be over 40 legal scholars from all over the world. The conference will be opened by the Dean of the GIMPA law faculty, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu and the Faculty Director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University School of Law.

Urban Law Center Director

Professor Nestor Davidson, the director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University School of Law, is in Ghana to participate in the conference.

Professor Nestor Davidson, the director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University School of Law

According to Professor Davidson, more than 50 percent of the world’s inhabitants live in urban areas and to that end, municipal governments dealing with the resultant social, economic, and environmental effects of this mass movement need to do so with a lot of ingenuity.

It is therefore Professor Davidson’s projected view that the three-day International and Comparative Urban Law Conference would help discover a range of policy areas to help drive the innovation of cities globally


Topics such “Work, Sustainable Urban Development, and Planning, Cities and International Law, Education as an Urban Legal Concern, Law and Legal Geography, Order, Policing, and Whistleblowing, Data and Technology in Urban Law, among others, will be up for consideration.

Panel members who will be contributing to the discussing will include Els Schipaanboord, who will look at “Area Bans and the Right to the City: An Empirical Analysis of Criminal Law and Administrative Law Sanctioning”.

Johandri Wright, will present on the topic, “Protection for Whistle-blowers in City Authorities: Europe and Africa Compared”, and Stefan van Tongeren, will on the other hand, consider the topic, “Integration Versus Intrusion: Balancing the Housing Rights of Ex-Offenders and their Neighbours in Dutch Urban Areas”.

Other speakers such as Marc L. Roark, will examine “LIHTC Covenants, Community Development and Resilience Gaps Between Black and White Neighbourhoods “and Steven L. Nelson and Courtney Parker West, will look at Exploring Aa Strategy for Resisting the State Takeover of Public Schools and School Districts”.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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