To provide Regent Law students with practical experience in the legal protection of human rights, students volunteer with the Center each semester for a minimum of 5 hours/week.
This semester, the Center for Global Justice Student Staff will be assisting five different human rights organizations with eight projects. Here is a brief summary of our work this semester:
1. International Justice Mission:
We are assisting IJM on at least three different projects this semester, one of which involves drafting a legal memorandum on how IJM can better combat gender-based violence in one of its field offices. Another project involves researching whether government officials can be held responsible under international law for the rape of children following an election.
2. Shared Hope:
We are assisting Shared Hope with two projects this semester. The first project involves researching the laws of the 50 states and analyzing the best judicial process for child sex trafficking victims. The other project involves researching whether the laws of certain states violate the due process rights of sex trafficking victims because they allow victims to be arrested, despite the fact that they cannot be prosecuted.
3. Market Project
This is the first time we are assisting the Market Project with a project. Specifically, we are doing legal research for the Market Project to help them determine the legal requirements for starting and running a business in various countries so they can continue their great work of employing victims of human rights abuses in safe and sustainable business.
4. Justice Ventures International
This semester we are drafting a legal memorandum on the problem of “judicial delay” in the Indian court system. With the court system backlogged, many human trafficking cases (as well as other cases) are not brought to trial for multiple years. By that time, witnesses are difficult to locate and the cases often. This creates a huge problem in combating human trafficking, as the traffickers are often not brought to justice.
5. Alliance Defending Freedom
We are continuing to support ADF’s international team by reviewing all new cases before the European Court of Human Rights and helping ADF identify which cases on which it might want to intervene.