The Leitner Center now supports LL.M. students from the global south through the Vivian Leitner Global South LL.M. Scholars Program. Previously, the Leitner Center supported the students below as Leitner LL.M. Scholars.
George Buadi, Justice of the High Court of Ghana
Bachelor of Laws and Political Science, University of Ghana
LL.M. in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, University of Pretoria in South Africa
– Served two four-year terms as an elected member of Ghanaian Parliament from 1992 to 2001
Afi Agbanu Kudomor, Circuit Court Judge with the Judicial Service of Ghana
Bachelor of Laws, Ghana School of Law
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Cape Coast
– Joined the Ghanaian bench in 2008 as a Magistrate
Alexander Tutu Osei, Justice of the High Court of Ghana
Bachelor of Laws, the University of Ghana
– Served as Circuit Court Judge with the Judicial Service of Ghana
– Private legal practice from 2003 to 2010
– Served as the solicitor to the Committee tasked with investigating the Baba Yara Stadium Disaster in 2009
– Taught law at several universities
Mariama Sammo, Circuit Court Judge with the Judicial Service of Ghana
Bachelor of Laws, the Ghana School of Law
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
– Served as a Magistrate with the Judicial Service of Ghana
– Participated in the Justice for All Program, which sends Magistrates to prisons to adjudicate on prisoners’ cases that have been delayed.
– Served as an Assistant Administrator in the Judicial Secretary’s Secretariat and a Registrar in the High Court
Ali Baba Abature joins the Leitner Center from Ghana, where he obtained a law degree from Ghana Law School in 2007 and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon) in 1999. Ali was recently appointed to the Circuit Court, and after completing his LL.M. at Fordham, he expects to adjudicate on human rights cases at the Circuit Court level in Ghana.
Ali previously presided over the Family, Matrimonial, and Juvenile Court, where he adjudicated on issues relating to the rights of children, spouses and juveniles, and served as the Deputy Director of Administration in the Ghana Civil Service.
Abena Adjin-Doku also comes to the Law School from Ghana, where she obtained her law degree from the Ghana School of Law in 2007. Abena was recently appointed to the Circuit Court. She was one of five female judges who participated in the Jurists in Residents Program, a five week training and shadowing program sponsored by the Virtue Foundation in New York.
Prior to this, Abena worked on access to justice issues in the Ghanaian prison system, served as a Family Tribunal Chairperson on child custody cases, and was a High Court Registrar with the Judicial Service.
Wei Liu joins us from China, where she earned a law degree from Liaoning University. She is a Beijing-based human rights lawyer who focuses on freedom of religion, speech and association. In April 2010, the Chinese government disbarred her for her human rights work.
In the face of immense resistance and backlash from the Chinese government, Wei has provided legal services to Tibetans, worked to expose corruption and racketeering in the government, and helped promote a general election campaign for the Beijing’s Lawyers’ Association Congress.
Barbara Tetteh-Charway is a Justice of the High Court in Ghana and obtained a law degree from the University of Ghana. Before this, she adjudicated criminal and civil cases as a Circuit Court judge, prosecuted several high profile drug and child abuse cases, served as a State Prosecutor and was appointed by former President John Evans Atta Mills as Legal Counsel to the Ghana@50 Commission of Enquiry, which was set up to investigate allegations of misappropriation of state funds.
Kabo Godfrey Motswagole joins Fordham Law School from Botswana where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Botswana in 2011. Kabo worked for the University of Botswana Legal Clinic, where he provided pro bono legal advice to numerous under-privileged clients including 200 wrongfully terminated employees in one class-action lawsuit.
Previously, Kabo worked as an Associate Attorney at Monthe Marumo & Co. and Mosojane Legal Consultancy, and was also a Research Assistant for a High Court Judge, where he conducted comparative analyses of national and international legal standards. In his work as a Research Fellow at Keoagile & Associates, he provided legal analysis arguing that the death penalty should not apply in sixteen murder cases, an opinion the courts concurred with in each of these cases.
Weiming Wu joins us from China, where he has focused on advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. After graduating from Zhejiang University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Weiming went on to Fudan University, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in law. He first became involved in human rights work during his second year at Fudan, where he volunteered with local NGOs and met human rights activists. After graduation, Weiming joined a local law firm and worked on numerous high-profile cases involving LGBT rights.
Weiming also worked at a human rights NGO providing advice on an LGBT legal helpline; conducting research on foreign policies and laws; drafting policy development documents; and developing programs aimed at transforming societal norms and perceptions of the LGBT community. Weiming also co-founded The Shanghai Gender and Sexuality Cultural Center, which aims to promote the LGBT rights movement and to increase an overall awareness of the rights of the LGBT community by providing a safe, equal, and tolerant space.
Leonard Yao Klah joins us from Ghana. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and graduated with Second Class Honors – Upper division (equivalent to high honors) in 2012.
During his time at KNUST, Leonard was the Ghanaian student team leader of the Leitner Center’s 2010 Law and Development in Africa Clinic project on religious and cultural rights in Ghana, focusing on the practice of trokosi (a system of religious atonement which has been criticized as a practice violating human rights). After participating in fieldwork gathering information about the practice, Leonard’s KNUST team planned and designed “Religion, Culture, and Human Rights in Ghana,” a workshop held in August 2011 in Accra. The workshop aimed at finding common ground with a range of stakeholders in order to eliminate the injustices and human rights violations against women which are associated with trokosi in Ghana. He was the founding co-coordinator for the KNUST Law Students for Reproductive Justice from 2011-2012. In addition, Leonard was a Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program Assistant in 2012.
Cynthia Nimo-Ampredu joined 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.
Diana Dapaah (Ghana)
Christopher Nyinevi (Ghana)
Huiyun Tang (P.R. China)
Dennis Adjei Dwomoh (Ghana)
Dennis Adjei Dwomoh pursued his LL.B at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and graduated in 2007. He was the President of the Local National Union of Ghana Students at the university. During his Presidency he engaged in several activities in protecting student rights in the university which included instituting a legal action against the University. He also assisted in implementing a volunteer program for the improvement of the rural communities of Ghana. His advocacy against influence of political parties at the National student front led to a review of the National student front constitution.
After his LL.B he pursued his Barrister-at-Law Program at the Ghana School of Law where he graduated in June 2009. He was the Secretary to the Student Representative Council of the School. He was an intern at Police Training Workshop on human rights and justice and Judicial Training Workshop in Ghana. In 2008 he was a clerk at the Supreme Court of Ghana. He hopes to return to Ghana after his LL.M to help in the enhancement and respect of human rights .
Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala (Uganda)
Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala was born on November 15, 1979 in the Republic of Uganda (East Africa). He received a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Makerere University (Uganda) in January 2003, a post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center (LDC) (Kampala) in 2005 and a Master of Human Rights and Intellectual Property Rights Law Degree (with Distinction) from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University (Sweden) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy, Geneva (Switzerland) in December 2006. In March 2007, Ronald was appointed a Lecturer with the Human Rights and Peace Center, Faculty of Law, Makerere University (Uganda). From September 2007 to May 2008, Ronald served as a Teaching and Research assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Ronald has previously consulted for international development agencies such as DFID, SIDA, and NORAD and currently serves as a consultant with the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada on the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project as Uganda’s Country Researcher. Ronald is also a member of the Bar and an Attorney of the High Courts of Uganda and East Africa and is currently working (part-time) on his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) thesis on International Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Law in East Africa with Professors James Anaya (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples) and Robert A. Williams (Director, Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program), James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, serving as his thesis advisors. Ronald is published in the areas of human rights, good governance, intellectual property rights, biotechnology and biosafety, and information, communication, and technology (ICT Law). Ronald intends to persue a career in academics and human rights advocacy in his native Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Alejandra Ancheita Pagaza (Mexico)
Alejandra Ancheita is currently a Board member of the Project on Economical, Social, and Cultural Rights (ProDESC), a human rights organization based in Mexico City. She has worked for over a decade as a human rights advocate in Mexico, and was a participant in the 2006 Human Rights Advocates Training Program at Columbia University. Upon her return, she founded ProDESC, and was the Executive Director until December 2008. In her years as director of ProDESC, and as a litigation specialist in the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez – Centro Pro) and the Center for Labor Support and Reflection (Centro de Reflexión y Apoyo Laboral – CEREAL), Alejandra worked on strategic litigation and legal defense of human rights defenders and local communities. She has argued cases in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court, and several national courts. Currently she is studying for a Master’s Degree in International Law and Global Justice at Fordham University. She plans to return to ProDESC to work on issues of transnational labor rights after she completes her degree.
Isidore Tufuor (Ghana)
Isidore Tufuor is a Ghanaian by nationality and a former graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah univerty of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He studied French and Law and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honors in 2003. Desirous to pursue a career in law, he later took the LL.B course for postgraduate students in the same university and graduated with a first class honors in 2007. Prior to his enrolment at the Law Faculty for his law degree, he was a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the said University. He successfully completed the Bar course at the Ghana School of Law in 2009. Thanks to the Leitner Center, he is now a recipient of a scholarship to pursue the LLM program in International Law and Justice at the Fordham Schoolm of Law, with the main aim of helping contribute to human rights development and nation building in his country Ghana. His principal area of interest is International Law of Development, an area of law quite critical to addressing many of the third world development issues.
Li Wang (China)
Li Wang obtained both her Bachelor and Master of Laws from Peking University Law School, where she received a number of scholarships and honors for her academic accomplishments. She has worked as researcher and coordinator of an anti-discrimination program organized by Peking University and University of Ottawa for two years, where she specialized in promotion and protection of women’s rights. During her studies at Peking University, she participated in various legal aid activities at Peking University Legal Aid Center and Legal Clinic. In addition, she has published several research papers and co-authored one book on Anti-discrimination in China. Immediately after her graduation from Peking University of China, she worked with the Beijing Branch of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd. as a tax associate in PPG group, which mainly provides tax consulting services to international law firms. Her concentration at Fordham Law School is in International Law.
Enam Antonio (Ghana)
Ewura Esi Asmah (Ghana)
Yanfei Ran (China)
Ms. Ran was a criminal defense lawyer before she came to New York to study.
Ying Dai (China)
Ms. Dai graduated with a degree in law from China University of Politics and Law.