Global Programs
May 2017 Field Study
Student Blogs

Ghana map and flag

Land Use Conflicts and Access to Justice

Student Bloggers:
Lauren Ehrhardt, Samantha Henson, Kevin Hernandez, Aimee Kline, Elan Moore, Morgan Parker, Frances Ramey, Megan Reed, Taylor Winn and Taylor Wood

​Field study course led by Vice Dean Aric Short and Professor Thomas W. Mitchell.
Ghana group with banner
Ten Aggie Law students traveled to Ghana to examine the history, culture and legal issues affecting Ghana’s land use conflicts and access to justice. Applying international and comparative law concepts along with cross-cultural communication, the students met with government officials, NGOs, judges, practicing lawyers & communities to understand the complexities of land use and ownership, including the interplay between customary and statutory law in Ghana.


Ghana La Traditional Council
Interviewing Government Officials
   by Taylor Winn J.D. '19

Ghana Morgan Parker in forest canopy
Weekend Travels in Rural Ghana
   by Morgan Parker J.D. '19

Taylor Winn with children in Ghana
Akosombo, Volta River, and ​Courts in Accra
    by Megan Reed J.D. '18

Taylor Wood with Chief of the Senchi
Meeting with the Senchi Chief
    by Taylor Wood J.D. '18

Ghana Ashanti
The Most Beautiful Region in Ghana
Has Some Problems

 ​  by ​Lauren Ehrhardt J.D. '19

Ghana Elmina
   by Élan Moore J.D. '18


Ghana: Forest canopy walkway

Traverse the canopy walkway in Kakum National Forest with Aggie Law students studying land use conflicts and access to justice in Ghana, part of Texas A&M Law's Global Programs May 2017 field study.

Ghana: Tour of Akosombo

Aggie Law students explore scenic Akosombo, Ghana, including a tour of the hydro plant on the Volta River. The field trip is part of the course "Ghana: Land Use Conflicts and Access to Justice."

Ghana: Meeting with the Senchi Chief

Aggie Law students met with Nana Gyan Oduro Dapaa II, the chief of Senchi (or the Asebu stool), in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Video courtesy of Professor Aric Short.

Ghana: Elmina

Aggie Law students spent an introspective day at Elmina Castle, an infamous cornerstone of the Atlantic slave trade. It is estimated that 30,000 slaves a year were forced through Elmina's "Door of No Return."