Regent School of Law's Center for Global Justice Student Staff
To provide Regent law students with practical experience in the legal protection of human rights, the Center has created the Student Staff. Student staff members work on legal projects throughout the school year by planning events, writing articles and reports, drafting amicus briefs, conducting research projects, and performing various other tasks. Staff members are expected to work an average of 3-5 hours per week, report to the Administrative Director or project leader at least once per week, and attend all Center for Global Justice meetings and events.
Rule of Law
The Center’s rule of law initiative is largely focused on East Africa, especially the nation of South Sudan. After years of British and Egyptian colonial rule, Sudan became a fully independent nation in 1956. Shortly after gaining independence, however, civil war broke out between the predominantly Muslim north and Animist/Christian south. Almost fifty years later, and after millions of lives were lost, Sudan and South Sudan entered into a comprehensive peace agreement in 2005. Pursuant to its terms, in January 2011, the people of South Sudan overwhelmingly voted to become an independent nation, the world’s youngest. Shortly after the vote of independence, South Sudan decided to shed sharia (or Islamic law) and return to the common law, the legal system operating in Sudan before the 1956 independence and transition to Islamic rule.
The Center for Global Justice is dedicated to assisting South Sudan effectively make the transition away from sharia and into common law. As part of this broader goal, student staff members are drafting a report on South Sudan. The report outlines South Sudan’s history, culture, and legal system, among other things, and will ultimately make several recommendations on how South Sudan can effectively make the transition from sharia to common law.
The Center is working with Shared Hope International, a Christian NGO dedicated to combatting sex trafficking in the U.S. and around the globe. Student staff members assist Shared Hope in various ways, including by completing research projects, drafting reports, and assisting with the Protected Innocence Challenge, an effort to combat domestic minor sex trafficking.
Student staff members work on various legal projects with Regent law faculty who are particularly knowledgeable and passionate about combatting human trafficking.
Protection of Children
The Center’s student staff work related to the protection of children currently focuses on the issue of child sacrifice in Uganda. In the summer of 2013, the Center sent rising 3L Heather Pate to work with Kyampisi Child Care Ministries, a Christian NGO dedicated to protecting Ugandan children. As KCM’s first legal intern, Heather provided KCM much needed legal guidance. Through her research and investigative work, Heather discovered that there were various gaps in Uganda’s laws relating to child sacrifice. She also discovered that over 60 cases of child sacrifice had been inexplicably dismissed from the Ugandan court system.
The Center intends to tackle the issue of child sacrifice through conducting research, submitting amicus briefs, and working closely with KCM and Christian attorneys to create a comprehensive legislative framework for combatting child sacrifice.
International Religious Freedom
Student team members are assisting Alliance Defending Freedom’s Vienna office with a legal project that highlights the difficulties of European “religious communities” (churches) in obtaining legal personality with their civil governments. Onerous registration laws prevent many churches from obtaining tax-exempt status or purchasing land. The research and writing assistance provided by the Center’s student staff will be incorporated into a booklet to be published, dispersed, and used as a springboard for presentations before various international forums, such as the Human Dimension and Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Students interested in applying for a position on the Student Staff must complete the online application form and submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript to the Center for Global Justice. (Submissions must be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.)