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The Justice Tawia Modibo Ocran International and Comparative Law Internship Program in Ghana was established to honor the legacy of one of the United States and Africa’s pioneering international and comparative law jurists. Justice Ocran was a prolific scholar and enlightened practitioner of law who, among other things, served as a Professor of Law at the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio, for over 20 years, and retired from Akron as holder of an endowed research professorship in law and Professor Emeritus, upon his appointment to the Supreme Court of Ghana in 2004. He served honorably as a member of the Court until his untimely passing in 2008.
The purpose of internship is to build upon his legacy as a Pan-African scholar and jurist by providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves into the study of the law, history and culture of Ghana through the prism of the Ghanaian judiciary, and provide high quality research and writing assistance to eminent Ghanaian judges. The internship also seeks to enhance and reinforce knowledge and skills acquired in law school; provide the student intern with the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in international contexts; and afford them the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of international and comparative law.
Justice Ocran was admitted to the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1963, and graduated with an LLB. (Hon) in 1966 and Barrister at Law (BL.) Diploma in 1967. Justice Ocran then attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, United States, where he earned a Master’s in Legal Institutions (M.L.I.) in 1968 and an interdisciplinary Ph.D in Law and Development Studies in 1971. He was also awarded a postgraduate research fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Law School in 1968/69. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 1970. Justice Ocran embarked on a distinguished professional career spanning a range of experiences as an academic, national government executive, United Nations civil servant, and a jurist. As an academic, he taught for 20 years as a Professor of Law at the University Of Akron School Of Law in Ohio, USA, and retired from Akron as Holder of an endowed research professorship in law and Professor Emeritus, upon his appointment to the Supreme Court of Ghana in 2004. Please click on the following link to learn more about Justice Ocran.