Masters in International Law and Justice

Fordham Law now offers an LL.M. Program in International Law and Justice, in which lawyers gain an advanced understanding of human rights protection and promotion at the international, regional and domestic levels, from its historical evolution to the forefront of cutting-edge scholarship and debate. The new LL.M. Program seeks to enroll international students, particularly from Asia, Africa and Latin America, in the hopes that the Program may contribute to diversity in the student-body and enrich all students' classroom experiences.

Each year, the Leitner Center supports a group of LL.M. students in the International Law and Justice Program with cost-of-living stipends.

Current Leitner LL.M Students

Diana Dapaah (Ghana)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws, Ghana School of Law (Accra)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi)

Relevant Experience:

  • Intern, Hayfron Benjamin and Co. Chambers (Kumasi)

Languages:

  • French, Akan

Additional Information:

  • First Female President of the Law Students’ Union, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (2006-2008)
  • First Female Vice President, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (2007-2008)

Christopher Nyinevi (Ghana)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi)

Languages:

  • Twi, Ewe

Huiyun Tang (P.R. China)

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws, East China Normal University (Shanghai)

Relevant Experience:

  • Associate, HR&L Law Firm (Shanghai)
  • Assistant Lawyer, Shanghai Xuwei Law Firm (Shanghai)

Languages:

  • Mandarin, Japanese
Previous LLM Students

2009-2010

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.

2008-2009

Enam Antonio (Ghana)

Ewura Esi Asmah (Ghana)

2007-2008

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.


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