The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice is pleased to announce the selection of three outstanding students, Cynthia Nimo-Ampredu, Kwaku Agyeman-Budu, and Catherine A. Matasha to the Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program. The program offers generous scholarships and stipends to enable graduate students from the developing world to enroll in Fordham’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law and Justice.
Since 2007, the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School has offered scholarships and stipends to students from the Global South to attend the LL.M. Program in International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. In 2011 the program was named to honor the memory of Vivian Leitner, who passed away in 2010. Vivian Leitner was an intrepid traveler, a student of many cultures, and a fierce critic of injustice wherever she found it.
To learn more about the program, visit the program page here.
Each scholar joins Fordham Law School with a unique and diverse background.
Cynthia Nimo-Ampredu will join us from Ghana, where she has been applying her academic training in law to human rights programs and research. She graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a LL.B. degree with Second Class Honors – upper division (equivalent to high honors) in 2009. While there, she was the Ghanaian team leader for the Leitner Center’s Spring 2008 International Development Project Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Her team developed and implemented a project to deliver direct legal services to address women’s inheritance security and marital property rights through the establishment of Ghana’s first clinical legal education program at KNUST. She also interned at the Arapra law Chambers in Cape Coast, Ghana. Her academic research focused on children’s rights to education in the Sene District of Ghana. She is currently a student at the Ghana School of Law, where she will obtain a BL degree in June 2011.
Kwaku Agyeman-Budu will join us from Ghana. He earned a BA in Political Science with Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon in Accra, graduating with Second Class Honors – upper division (equivalent to high honors). He then continued his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, again with Second Class Honors – upper division, while serving as President of the Law Student’s Union of the Faculty of Law from 2009-10. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Agyeman-Budu was one of ten Ghanaian students chosen to participate in the Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program. Since then, Mr. Agyeman-Budu has interned with the Legal Ink Law Firm, and subsequently with the FSB Law Consult Legal Practitioners and Human Rights Advocates in Ghana. His interests have included topics such as political responsibility, land and mineral rights, and education rights.
Catherine A. Matasha will join us from Tanzania. She is a recent graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law, with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Ms. Matasha has extensive extracurricular and community organizing experience. She has participated in a number of moot court competitions, including the First and Second East African Human Rights Moot Court Competitions, and the All Africa Human Rights Moot court Competition. She has also interned with the Centre for Forced Migration, has been involved in various student organizations including the Human Rights Association, Red Cross Society, and the UN-Chapter. Through these avenues, she has helped organize charity walks to assist victims of disasters, such as landslides, has visited prisons and orphanages, commemorated the Rwandan Genocide, and organized a number of symposiums.