Born in Ghana, raised in the United Kingdom, and educated in the United States and Canada, Tawia Ansah fits right into a College of Law whose faculty has been ranked among the most diverse in the country.
But even in a college – and university – teeming with diversity, Ansah comes with a unique world view.
As a legal expert for several international organizations, including the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the United Nations Centre for Human Rights, Ansah helped emerging nations adopt democratic laws. In Rwanda, he helped train law enforcement in how to conduct investigations; in Bosnia, he trained officials on how to run elections, and monitored them to ensure fairness.
It is that international experience in Europe and Africa that he hopes will add a new dimension to an already international law school.
“The really interesting thing about FIU Law is how new and very forward-looking it is,” said Ansah, who is also the college’s associate dean for academic affairs. “Somebody with my background can really contribute and make a difference here.”
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MIAMI (March 13, 2012) – Florida International University’s College of Law jumped 19 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools, from 132 to 113.
“These rankings recognize what we already know, that the FIU College of Law is on the right track,” said College of Law Dean R. Alexander Acosta. “As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, I am proud of what this law school, its faculty and students have achieved in such a short time. As South Florida’s only public law school, our students receive a superb legal education without the crushing debt burden too often faced by law students at other schools. This community should be proud of FIU College of Law’s accomplishments, the standards we have set and the graduates we produce.”
The rankings place FIU College of Law in fourth place among Florida’s 11 law schools as the 3rd most diverse law school in the nation.
Ediberto Román, Professor of Law
Desmond Meade, Law Student