Jeffrey Brauch, Dean and Professor, Regent University School of Law
Welcome to Regent Law's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. Through this Center, we seek to provide hope and legal protection to the oppressed and vulnerable in our community and around the world. We focus on four key areas: the rule of law, human trafficking, the protection of children, and international religious freedom.
The need is tremendous.
- Shockingly, there are more slaves today -- at least 27 million -- than at any time in the history of the world. Just two hundred years after William Wilberforce’s heroic and successful battle to end the slave trade in England, millions of women and children are again bought and sold.
- Over 100 million children live independently on the streets scrambling to survive.
- In the last decade in Uganda, 25,000 of these children were abducted and forced to fight as soldiers.
When I hear these reports -- and there are countless others -- I am tempted to despair. Until I remember that God is still the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He loves justice. And He knows and loves the poor, the enslaved, and the oppressed.
God tells us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9). Through this Center -- and by the grace of God -- the students and faculty of Regent University School of Law intend to do just that.
The Center will carry out this work in two ways:
- We will equip our students to be advocates for the oppressed around the world. We will give them classroom training and hands-on internships and clinical opportunities.
- We will serve and support those individuals and groups already working to promote justice and human rights.
Please join us in this effort!
- Please pray that God would empower us in strategically making a difference.
- If you sense that God has called you to join Him in loving and advocating for the oppressed, please come to Regent Law to be equipped for that work.
- If you are already an advocate for the oppressed, please join our network of partners. Please consider receiving and mentoring Regent interns and let us know how we can best serve you and further the work you are doing.
As we launch this Center, instead of despair, I feel excitement. God is raising up a generation who will combat human trafficking, child abuse, and religious persecution in a large-scale and meaningful way. I am excited about the vital role Regent Law will play in equipping these men and women for their work.
Dean and Professor, Regent University School of Law