GENESEO, N.Y. - Georgina T. Wood, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, will address judicial reform in her country during the State University of New York at Geneseo's annual Roemer Lecture on World Affairs March 31 at 2 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Her topic will be "The Dynamic of Law and Development in Ghana: The Case for Judicial Reform in an Emergent Democracy." Following the lecture, students in Geneseo's Ghana Project will perform a traditional Ghanaian dance. The Ghana Project is a civic engagement initiative associated with the college's Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development Program. The college and Livingston County continue efforts to develop educational, economic and cultural relationships with Ghana. The college, for example, is involved with faculty and student academic exchange programs with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
"We are greatly honored to have Chief Justice Wood visit our campus to deliver this year's Roemer lecture," said SUNY Geneseo Provost Carol Long. "Our campus's relationship with Ghana continues to flourish and these kinds of educational and cultural experiences enrich our students and our community by connecting us more closely to our global neighbors."
Justice Wood is known as a judicial reformer focused on improving access to justice and enhancing public trust in the court system. She graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Ghana and was called to the bar in 1970.
She began her career in law enforcement as a public prosecutor with the Ghana Police Service. After serving in several lower court positions, she was appointed to Ghana's highest court in 2003 and Ghana's president named her chief justice in 2007 with the approval of the country's parliament. She received her nation's highest award in 2007, the Order of the Star of Ghana.
SUNY Geneseo's Kenneth Roemer Lecture on World Affairs is a memorial to Roemer's longstanding interest in global issues. The series was endowed by his brother, the late Spencer J. Roemer, emeritus director of admissions at Geneseo and member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors.
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