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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