CGJ Student Staff Projects Fall 2018

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:

  1. 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.'

  2. 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.

  3. IJM
    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.

  4. The Market Project
    We are researching the laws of India and Myanmar regarding business registration, human resources, employee protections, privacy issues, etc.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 


The Hope Event

Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) hosted the “Hope Event,” an awareness event for child sacrifice in Uganda, on August 24, 2018. The event was a gala held to bring together different groups and individuals to learn about real stories of child sacrifice and garner public support to encourage the momentum to see a bill adopted by Parliament that would address the issue head-on. 

The event is named after a little girl, Hope, who survived one-and-a-half years on a shrine while her body parts and blood were continuously harvested for ritual sacrifice purposes.

The event was attended by hundreds of individuals including university students and faculty members, Members of Parliament (MPs), attorneys, musical and visual artists, pastors, NGO representatives, foreign embassy officials and members of the general public. 

The Kyampisi Children’s Choir gave a thrilling performance involving lively music, intricate dance moves, and vibrant costumes. Testimonials were provided by families of child sacrifice survivors of the horrors of the children’s attacks and the recovery process following the incidents. Short videos were streamed of KCM’s work and case background stories. Speeches were given by Seth Miller, Outgoing Political Officer with the US Embassy, Rodney Callanan, Founder of Droplets in a Stream, and Justice Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Everyone in attendance came with a singular focus: to learn what can be done to bring an end to the tragedy of child sacrifice. Attendees were educated on the magnitude of child sacrifice in Uganda and various ways to combat it. Numerous appeals were made to the MPs present to continue the work of drafting the child sacrifice bill presented last November.

One segment of the night was set apart for presenting various individuals and groups with awards for their efforts to combat child sacrifice and advocate for victims, survivors, and their families. Chelsea Mack, Regent Law Center for Global Justice fellow (pictured below), was presented with one of these awards recognizing her work for the past year with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and KCM.

The Center for Global Justice recently established its fellowship program in the fall of 2017. This program allows recent law graduates to work with NGOs and foreign governments to combat injustice and advocate for the basic rights of the poor and oppressed. Currently, all fellows work in Uganda, either with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions or International Justice Mission.

For the past four years, the Center has sent law students to intern with the DPP during the summer. The main focus of these internships has been child sacrifice. Moreover, throughout the school year, Center for Global Justice student staff members have contributed to the fight against child sacrifice by working on research projects for KCM and the DPP. 

During his speech, Justice Chibita gave ample recognition to Regent Law and the Center for Global Justice for its continual commitment to fighting child sacrifice. Specific recognition was given to former Center for Global Justice summer interns Debbie Stieglitz, Shannon Fields, and Moriah Schmidt, who worked diligently on Hope’s case with Ugandan prosecutors during their internship. In attendance for this event were Regent fellows Pam Dodge, Gloria Dandridge, and Chelsea Mack (pictured below L to R).

The event concluded with the launch of an art exhibition, the Hope Exhibition, created by Ugandan and Australian artists centered around the theme of child sacrifice. The Hope exhibition will be displayed at the Ugandan Parliament throughout the month of September. To view digital images of the Hope Exhibition, please visit https://www.hopeexhibition.org/.             


Interning in Pohang, South Korea

This summer I have the opportunity to intern in Pohang, South Korea. I have worked primarily under two under Regent Graduates who now teach at Handog International Law School (HILS), Professor Collier and Professor Mundy.

Along with teaching, Professor Mundy runs a NGO called the Women’s Hope Center. The Hope Center provides in-client (women who stay in the Center’s housing) and out-client support for women who need help. Whether women are escaping abuse, trying to get back on their feet, or are pregnant and do not have any other support, the Hope Center works to provide not only financial support, but job placement, education, and counseling from a Christian perspective. One of the centers primary demographics, especially for in-client support is young pregnant women.

The center is one of the few (maybe only) Christian crisis pregnancy centers in Korea. Even though abortions are illegal in Korea, they are still widespread and very common. Since the Korean culture is a shame-based culture, even Christian families often encourage their daughters to get an abortion rather to save the family from suffering public shame. The Hope Center works to show that even the women feel they cannot raise a child, other options like foster care, adoption or 24-hour babysitting are still feasible options.

For those that stay in-home, there are certain requirements such as budgetary restrictions and church participation. Every week I get to sit in and participate in the Hope Center meetings, and it has been humbling to see how hard they all work and sacrifice to make a difference.

My research this summer for the Hope Center has been to research and write a paper, which will be turned into a pamphlet, about how U.S. citizens may adopt Korean children legally and get them U.S. citizenship. Korea is very nationalistic, nearly every Korean you meet will be 100% Korean, and all will claim to be. Accordingly, they are very protective apprehensive about letting foreigners adopt their children or gaining citizenship. The pamphlet will work to explain complex law in a simple fashion to Americans who contact the Center, or other places the pamphlet will be distributed, so they can make an educated choice if adoption from Korea is right for them.

As abortion moves towards legalization in Korea, hopefully a pamphlet that lets people navigate the adoption process will make the prospects of adopting from Korea less daunting and will allow for more adoptions. By encouraging and making the path to adoptions easier, these young women will see they can still give their children a good life and alleviate a lot of the family pressure.
I work with two other Co-workers, the counselor Grace and office manager Wade. Both have been extremely welcoming to me. They have taken me out to try new Korean foods and even prepared food for me as well. Wade and I have also taken up table tennis once a week after work as well. To be able to help a center work to save lives and rescue young women in such an apparent way, with such great people, has been a blessing and an opportunity I am truly grateful for.

I have also been able to learn and explore much more about Korea. I lived in Korea previously for a year. Before I lived near Seoul and while I got to experience Korean culture, Seoul is still very Westernized. In Pohang, I have gotten to see more traditional temples and food, and have had a more traditional Korean experience.

Along with the Women’s Hope Center I have two other projects. The first is with Professor Collier, a Regent Law School graduate, who now teaches and Handong International Law School (HILS).
I am doing research on the massive Chinese infrastructure plan called “One Belt One Road” and the developmental and legal consequences that will arise from it for Mongolia and Korea. Professor Collier is working on a paper about the project and my research memo will help lay the foundation for him to write his paper. It has been a unique challenge. It is a topic that I had not heard of prior to coming to Korea. Basically, the Chinese hope to spend over a trillion dollars on infrastructure projects throughout Asia and Eastern Europe to link them into trading zones and increase connectivity between them. With this massive project, the Chinese look to pursue economic as well as geopolitical goals. This project will likely be around 25-30 pages when finished.

The other project is with one of the Korean professors at HILS, Professor Won. He is writing a chapter in a book about issues of law faced by different countries around the World. He is a Korean international law expert and has been chosen to write the section on Korea. He has had me find sources and research issues such as human rights offenses, the justification behind the Korean war, and rights of P.O.W.S.

Both these projects have been extremely interesting, and life outside of the internship has been great as well. I would encourage all future students to do this internship, especially those hoping to pursue law internationally. The research topics are all relevant and the teachers are incredibly knowledgeable on the topics. For instance, Professor Won had me read nearly the whole Geneva Convention and then helped talk me through how it applied specifically to the Korean War.

-Sam Kane

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice intern.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.


Summer Internship in Uganda

Greetings from Uganda! My name is Daniel Moxley, and I am currently in Uganda completing a summer internship at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. It has been an honor to participate in the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law Internship and Fellowship Grant Program. It has been a pleasure to meet and work with Justice Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as Chelsea Mack (a Center for Global Justice fellow at the Office of the DPP) and many other attorneys. More importantly, though, it has been a privilege to serve the people of Uganda.

Students from Regent University School of Law in Virginia, Pepperdine University School of Law in California,
and Mekerere University School of Law in Uganda, visiting Kyampisi Childcare Ministries

The Center’s purpose is to promote justice, human rights, and the rule of law around the world, but it’s purpose in Uganda specifically is to end practices such as human trafficking and child sacrifice. The Center may be unable to end these practices itself, but any progress in that direction is well worthwhile. Over the course of the summer, we were able to make progress on documentation of crimes, court filing systems, and prospective legislation that will hopefully address child sacrifice more directly than any existing laws. This work is vital to the justice system in Uganda. Those who contribute to the Center are enabling its interns and fellows to fight crime, and ultimately, to change the world for the better.

I would encourage students to apply for internships or fellowships in the future. The internship in Uganda is difficult in some ways. Interns will be exposed to terrible crimes, will have to adapt to a new culture, and will have to give up opportunities that might otherwise have been available. But they will change the world.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice intern.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.


Cross & Gavel Interviews CGJ Executive Director Jeffrey Brauch

CGJ Executive Director Jeffrey A. Brauch was recently interviewed by Cross & Gavel host Mike Schutt on the topic of "Knowing What it Means to Be Human." (Listen to the podcast at the bottom of this post.)

Law professor Jeff Brauch argues that our beliefs about human nature will drive our politics, our policy, and our culture. In his recent book, Flawed Perfection: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters for Culture, Politics, and Law (2017), he lays out a compelling case for the importance of an accurate understanding of human nature.

He begins with the idea that our fundamental presuppositions about the nature of human beings will drive how we approach almost anything in the public sphere. From there, he provides examples from the fields of human rights, criminal justice, and bioethics, to name a few.

Join Professor Brauch, Executive Director of Regent Law School's Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, as he and host Mike Schutt discuss this important topic.


Chelsea’s Child Sacrifice Presentations with APC

Chelsea Mack has been serving as a CGJ Legal Fellow in Uganda since Fall 2017. She was recently asked to present on the topic of child sacrifice and wrote this about her experience:

Over the last several weeks, I was given the opportunity on two different occasions to present on the topic of child sacrifice. The presentation was based on many of my own observations in addition to information that I am learning throughout my fellowship.

The first presentation was one of the sessions in the Policy Lab sessions that the Africa Policy Centre (APC), a Christian Policy Think Tank based within Uganda Christian University (UCU), hosts for faculty, students, and other interested individuals. The APC members asked me to give an introduction to the child sacrifice issue here in Uganda that was followed by an in-depth discussion among the members. The presentation seemed to spark enough interest for APC to decide to commit to raising awareness of the issue and providing other possible assistance to address child sacrifice in Uganda.

Additionally, I was then asked to give a summarized presentation in a brief conference that the APC organized focusing on child sacrifice. I was one of the participants of a panel that consisted of faculty members of UCU. Various members of the media were present for recording and questions as well as selected UCU students and other invitees.

My prayer is that the issue of child sacrifice will continue to be raised in the media, on university campuses, and among Ugandan citizens so that awareness campaigns are no longer needed.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice Fellow.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.


NIFLA v. Becerra and First Amendment Rights

The following post is written by CGJ Summer Intern Corrie Lee.  Corrie is working with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates for 8 weeks in Fredericksburg, VA, assisting their attorneys in legal research and writing and serving member pregnancy centers across the country.  
Learn more about Corrie Lee and make a donation to her page here >>

The First Amendment is one thing that sets the United States of America apart from every other country in the world. This amendment allows citizens the freedom to speak messages with which they agree while remaining silent regarding messages with which they fundamentally disagree and do not wish to promulgate.

Perhaps one of the most famous quotes on free speech sums up this amendment perfectly: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

The Supreme Courts' recent decision in NIFLA v. Becerra ensures the protection of these rights nationwide for all Americans.

The Supreme Court made it clear that laws targeting specific groups and the messages they promote are unconstitutional. Legislation such as AB 775 flies in the face of the original purpose of the First Amendment.

Just listen to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion smacking down the State of California’s attempt to overturn the First Amendment by forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to share a message that conflicts with their ideals and principles:
“The California Legislature included in its official history the congratulatory statement that the Act was part of California’s legacy of ‘forward thinking.’ App. 38–39. But it is not forward thinking to force individuals to ‘be an instrument for fostering public adherence to an ideological point of view [they] fin[d] unacceptable.’ Wooley v. Maynard, 430 U. S. 705, 715 (1977). It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791; to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders then knew it; to confirm that history since then shows how relentless authoritarian regimes are in their attempts to stifle free speech; and to carry those lessons onward as we seek to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech for the generations to come. Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. This law imperils those liberties.”
The State of California sought to force these pregnancy centers to speak a message about abortion that was contrary to their central goals. The Court stated that California’s AB 775 is unduly burdensome and unconstitutional on its face.

This may seem like a victory only for NIFLA and its centers, but this is a win for all Americans. Indeed, the Court has said in no uncertain terms that they will not allow the government to suppress the beliefs of private speakers or force them to promote a belief that is contradictory to their own.

The Court ensured that the free speech rights of all Americans, regardless of their beliefs, will be protected against unnecessary governmental interference.

The Court has ensured that Americans will not face unduly burdensome regulations on their speech merely because their ideology is contrary to state-sponsored abortion agendas.

Most importantly, the Court established that a state-preferred message shall not take precedence over the rights of citizens to speak freely and with conviction.

NIFLA v. Becerra stands to protect the First Amendment rights of every American citizen—regardless of political viewpoint.

This decision is a victory for all Americans. It allows citizens to continue advocating their beliefs freely and without interference from the government. Rather than protecting the interests of the state of California, the Supreme Court has vindicated Americans nationwide.

Ultimately, the NIFLA v. Becerra ruling represents a victory for freedom.

This post was written by a Center for Global Justice intern.  The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.