Monday, November 26, 2007

Human Rights Delegations for Young Leaders

One of my former students did this program a few years ago and found it very rewarding.


Human Rights Delegations for Young Leaders -- Summer 2008

Program Locations: Bosnia, Guatemala, Rwanda & Venezuela

Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from young leaders (ages 18-30) for our Summer 2008 international human rights delegations. Program locations include: Bosnia, Guatemala, Rwanda and Venezuela.

Human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross cultural boundaries and learn about the daily reality of human rights as experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world. Each delegation weaves together three core sets of activities: site visits to local organizations, hands-on fieldwork projects, and a human rights training workshop with local youth activists.

Bosnia (June 29 - July 18, 2008)
Program Tuition: $2,750

This delegation will explore the roots of the conflict and the dynamics of justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding as experienced in Bosnia. Participants will gain experience in conflict resolution and transformation and deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially youth. Participants will have an opportunity to meet with Bosnian NGOs working on issues of human rights, community development, youth empowerment, and conflict resolution. The program will also include a workshop with Bosnian youth and the opportunity to work hands-on with local organizations to assist them in their daily activities.

Guatemala (June 15 - July 13, 2008)
Program Tuition: $2,750

This delegation will explore the roots of violence and social injustice in Guatemala, with a particular focus on the country's indigenous population. We will seek to better understand the legacy of Guatemala's 36-year armed conflict and the impact of violence, both past and present, on the Guatemalan people, as well as reflect on how policies and practices in the U.S.have affected the lives of ordinary Guatemalans. Delegation activities will center on supporting the efforts of grassroots human rights activists working to promote and defend the political, social, economic and cultural rights of all Guatemalans. Spanish proficiency is required.

Rwanda (June 14 - July 13, 2008)
Program Tuition: $2,450

This delegation will explore the roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, how this legacy of violence has impacted the country and its people, particularly Rwandan youth, and also how the country is attempting to rebuild today. We will examine issues of truth, justice and reconciliation in the context of post-conflict Rwanda and what is needed to strengthen local institutions and programs dedicated to promoting a culture of respect for human rights. Participants will connect with young Rwandans and get involved in a variety of collaborative projects aimed at promoting human rights as well as meet with leading human rights defenders, government representatives, international institutions, youth and others from local communities to learn more about the political, economic and social challenges faced by Rwandans today.

Venezuela (July 26 - August 17, 2008)
Program Tuition: $2,250

The delegation will explore the rise of social change movements and human rights activism in present-day Venezuela, both on the grassroots level and as represented by national government programs. Through hands-on participation in partnership with grassroots organizations, participants will investigate present-day human rights concerns along with the response of government and civil society. A major theme of the program will be to examine the relationship of grassroots human rights organizations with a national government expressly concerned with promoting respect for human rights, democratic reform, and the redistribution of wealth. Delegation activities will focus in particular on the efforts of young human rights activists to promote
and sustain a just, equitable, democratic, and peaceful society. Spanish proficiency is required.

Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

How to Apply: We invite interested young leaders to apply. We are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-30 and who possess U.S. citizenship or residency as well as international students studying full-time at a U.S. college or university. Most importantly, applicants should wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social justice. Participants will become part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for compassion, human rights and responsibility.

For detailed information on program activities, costs, fundraising/financial aid, and application information, please visit our website:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Czech Republic

Here is Allison Jennings' presentation on the Czech Republic and an article on a successful discrimination suit against the government.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Legal Advocacy Dates

Our next evidence quiz will be on December 3, and the letter brief is due December 5.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Total Denial - December 4, 2007, at 7:30 p.m.

I will be showing the award winning film Total Denial - Doe v. Unocal on December 4, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in PUP 354. The film tells the story of a landmark human rights case against Unocal in U.S. courts for human rights violations committed during the construction of its pipeline in Burma. See the film website for more.

Country Presentations

Here is Joshua Michael's presentation (ppt) on Tunisia and Hannah Saheed's presentation (ppt) on Turkey as well as an article on Turkey's issues with its Kurd population. Here is Christopher Castellano's presentation (ppt) on Belgium and Zachary Bratcher's presentation (ppt) on Switzerland.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pakistan's Former Chief Justice Calls for Resistance

Required for Comparative Justice Students.
As you know, Pakistan's President Musharraf, declared a state of national emergency last week as the Supreme Court prepared to rule on the legality of his presidency. In making the declaration Musharraf suspended the constitution, fired the Chief Justice, closed TV stations, and arrested hundreds of activists and opposition leaders. Protests have erupted in Pakistan led by Pakistani lawyers. The deposed Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, urged Pakistanis to rise up against Musharrafs rule. These developments represent the clash between judicial independence and executive authority we predicted earlier in the semester. See this International Herald Tribune article. The Times of London has more.

Iran's Judiciary

By Pouyan Boukaei

Here is the presentation and article on Iran's court system.

"Iran: New Crackdown On Dissidents 'Seeks To Create Despair’
Human rights groups around the world are protesting the latest detention of prominent Iranian activist Emadedin Baqi, which comes amid a fresh crackdown on political dissent that some say seeks to “create despair” in Iran’s embattled opposition ahead of parliamentary polls next spring."

Ireland's Judiciary

By Megan Jenkins
Here is the presentation on Ireland's court system.

Nigeria's Judiciary

By Quiana Dunn
Here is the presentation (.ppt) and the article on Nigeria.