Lecture to be Held in Honor of the Late Justice T. Modibo Ocran


Akron, Ohio, April 29, 2010 — The University of Akron School of Law will hold a lecture in honor of the late Justice T. Modibo Ocran on Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at the School of Law in Room 151. (150 University Avenue, Akron, 44325). The lecture, “The United Nations, Peacekeeping, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction of States” will be given by Dr. Muna B. Ndulo, professor of law and director of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University Law School.

T. Modibo Ocran was Dean’s Club Research Professor and Professor of Law Emeritus at the School of Law. During his 23 years at the School of Law, Ocran taught public and private international law, comparative law, corporation law and jurisprudence. He developed a rich curriculum in international business law that included three advanced seminars addressing commercial law, investments, and trade regulation. In 2004, Ocran retired from the School of Law to accept the appointment as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ghana – his native country. He pushed for the expansion of human rights in Ghana, and used the constitution to further the cause of political stability and national integration in his native land.

Dr. Ndulo’s lecture will examine the role of United Nations Peacekeeping operations in the reconstruction of failed and failing states and in the resolution of conflicts, as well as the challenges peace keepers face as they go about their duty of bringing peace to troubled countries.  It will look at the conditions necessary for successful peace keeping, the role of external actors, and the reintegration of combatants into society.

About The University of Akron

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About The University of Akron School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law.