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 nine different human rights organizations with nine projects. Here is a brief summary of our work this semester:
- Shared Hope
Shared Hope International’s Protected Innocence Challenge provides graded report cards with analysis and recommendations for each state and D.C. based on it’s compliance with federal legislation concerning child sex trafficking victims. We have the opportunity to review component 5.6 for each state and D.C. concerning whether a ‘caregiver’ barrier restricts child welfare from providing services to these victims. ‘Caregiver’ barrier is a term that was coined by Shared Hope to describe when child services is not legally permitted to provide services to child sex trafficking victims because jurisdiction of child services is statutorily limited to situations where abuse/neglect comes directly from a ‘caregiver.’
- IJM Uganda
We are researching the legal and psychological aspects of different issues stemming from gender-based violence (GBV). Our goal is to identify (1) whether there is an intersection between sexual violence against children and intimate partner violence (does experiencing violence as a child lead to perpetrating or experiencing violence as an adult?); (2) best practices for suspect identification and child testimony in court; (3) how geographic location may impact the issue of GBV crimes; as well as (4) how the Ugandan Domestic Violence Act is being operated today.
We are researching the status of enforced disappearances both under domestic law and treaties in a certain nation (which must remain confidential). Enforced disappearances, or ED, occur when there is an arrest/abduction by the State where the State conceals the fate/whereabouts of the missing person, thereby putting them outside the protection of the law. We hope to use precedent from other countries in order to find potential grounds for an independent, criminal cause of action for enforced disappearances against certain governments.
- The Market Project
We are researching the laws of India and Myanmar regarding business registration, human resources, employee protections, privacy issues, etc.
- Justice Ventures International
We are drafting a legal memo regarding securing property rights in the Indian state of West Bengal. The memo will be used to create a legal toolkit to assist attorneys that provide legal support to human trafficking victims
- ADF International
ADF Asia: This semester our team is working to draft a legal memo regarding the abortion laws in various Asian countries. Our goal is to identify countries with abortion laws that may be favorable for ADF to target in their efforts to limit abortion worldwide.
ADF Europe: For the last few semesters the Center has worked closely with ADF to monitor cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Our goal is to identify cases that ADF may have an interest in intervening on.
- Christian Legal Fellowship
We are drafting a legal memo on relevant international law treaties that pertain to the sanctity of life, particularly the legalization of euthanasia for patients who are neither dying nor near end of life nor terminally ill. This memo will assist CLF in preparation of ongoing litigation surrounding the expansion of euthanasia in Canada.
- Advocates International Bulgaria
We are drafting a legal memo regarding lobbying in Europe. The memo will be used to create model legislation on lobbying to help stop corruption and promote the rule of law in Eastern Europe.
- Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Uganda
We are working with the Uganda DPP to combat human trafficking. Currently, Uganda is a “tier 2” nation under the U.S. Dept. of State’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Uganda desires to become a “tier 1” nation, which is the highest ranking given. We are reviewing the Ugandan report and making recommendation on how Uganda can better combat human trafficking.