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GIMPA law lecturer Tuinese Edward Amuzu appointed visiting scholar at Fordham Law School

GIMPA has a long-standing relationship with the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law

Law lecturer at the Law School of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Tuinese Edward Amuzu, has been appointed as a visiting scholar at the Fordham University School of Law in New York, United States of America. The GIMPA Law School announced the appointment on its website on Monday, 20 May 2024.

“As part of our long-standing relationship with the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law, we are pleased to announce that our very own Tuinese Edward Amuzu has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Fordham University School of Law. Tuinese teaches the Law of Contract on our LL.B and LL.M programmes at GIMPA Law,” the post on the GIMPA School of Law website read.

Leitner Center

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is an innovative Think-and-Do Tank that aims to make international human rights protections an everyday reality for marginalized communities around the world; as a hands-on advocacy team housed in a world-class university, it provides education and training to law students, facilitate capacity building and advocacy with activists and grassroots groups around the world, and contribute to critical research among legal scholars in international human rights.

From its base at Fordham Law School in New York City, the Center develops long-term partnerships with local social justice organizations and other stakeholders across the globe. Through its pioneering programs, clinics, and education initiatives, the Leitner Center trains students to become international legal experts and impassioned human rights advocates.

Several faculty members of the GIMPA School of Law did their LLMs at Fordham through the generous support of the Vivian Leitner Global South Scholars programme. Among them are Diana Asonaba Dapaah, Dr Isidore Tuffour, Dr Enam Antonio, Dennis Adjei Dwommoh, who was a founding faculty member, and Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Budu who also did his S.J.D. programme at the same university

Fordham Law School

Founded in 1905, Fordham Law School has long been committed to providing excellence in a legal education that is shaped by a deep commitment to Jesuit principles of public service.

Reflecting the Law School’s indelible motto, “In the Service of Others,” Paul Fuller, the Law School’s first dean, told students in 1907, “[Y]our toil, your effort, your earnestness, your ambition, your resolution are indispensable to make of you lawyers.”

Historically, Fordham Law opened its doors to people not welcome at other law schools due to their religion, gender, race, or class. Today, the Law School continues to build on this legacy by creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for students of all backgrounds, religions, and orientations.

Over more than a century, Fordham Law has built a thriving academic community dedicated to intellectual inquiry and debate, upholding the highest ethics, and making a difference for the legal profession and society at large.

Graduates of the Law School are deeply engaged with what’s happening in the real world, whether transacting deals for clients in multinational corporate boardrooms, dispensing justice on the benches of courtrooms, or fighting for underserved communities in the heart of New York City and beyond.

Profile of Amuzu

Tuinese Edward Amuzu has over twenty-one years (21) of post-qualification professional experience in the fields of law, democratic and corporate governance, access to justice, human rights, and development.

He is a PhD Law Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana. He was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Human Rights Law with distinction from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis in August 2006.

He graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in June 1999. He holds a certificate to practice law in Ghana, awarded by the Ghana School of Law, Accra, and was called to the Bar in Ghana in October 2001.

In December 2009, he was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies and Research by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association in good standing.

He was the Key Expert on Rule of Law for Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ARAP), a European Union (EU) funded Programme that provided support to both the demand and supply sides of the accountability spectrum in Ghana.

The key state institutions he led the ARAP to support include the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Office of the Attorney General, the Ghana Police Service, the Judiciary, and the Judicial Service. The others are the Legal Aid Commission, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2001, he has provided professional services in law and governance practices, training, research, monitoring, and evaluation for organisations including IBF Consulting (Brussels, Belgium), COGINTA Association (Geneva, Switzerland), FIIAPP (Madrid, Spain), SSG Advisors (Vermont, United States), Particip GmbH (Germany), and the Government of Ghana (Ministry of Finance).

Others are the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) (Ghana), GIZ International Services (Freiburg, Germany), GIZ Ghana, SNV Ghana, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Association of Network Organizations in Development (GANOD), International Labour Organisation (ILO), Care International, Amnesty International, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

From January 2011 to January 2013, he was a consultant for the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) on human rights law and gender issues. He is a member of the Ghana Association of Restructuring and Insolvency Advisors (GARIA).

Between June 2003 and December 2010, he was a Human Rights / Legal Officer, the Director of Legal Services, Associate Executive Director, and Executive Director of Legal Resources Centre, a leading human rights and development NGO in Ghana with international partners, links and initiatives.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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