Mongolia Study Abroad Program

Ernie Walton, Regent Law professor and Academic & Administrative Director of the Center for Global Justice, along with three Regent Law students, participated in a week-long study abroad program in Mongolia. The program was done in partnership with Handong International Law School in Korea and two Mongolian law schools, the National University and Shihihitug University.

Professor Ernie Walton and Regent Law Students Reagan Hinton, Anna Colby, and Brandan Goodwin

The program focused on the rule of law and business development in Mongolia. Class was taught every morning from 9-12.  Subjects taught included Anti-trust law, International Commercial Arbitration, Mongolian Constitutional law, and Mongolian Business law. Professor Walton taught a class on International Trade Law.

In addition to class, students had the privilege of meeting with a Mongolian Parliamentary member and Jack Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. We also attended a cultural show, visited a history museum, and spent an entire day in the Mongolian countryside visiting the national monument of Genghis Khan, riding horses and camels, eating traditional food, lounging by the river, and holding eagles!

The program was amazing. Students from all over the world participated in class together based on the common language of the law. We had students from Mongolia, the US, Korea, and Uzbekistan in the same room learning the same material.


Justice in Forgiveness

Justice in forgiveness? 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” As I was on my way to South Africa, I thought about what I was about to do. I was about to help a great organization fight for Justice. When I think of Justice I usually think of punishment or just deserts. For some reason, this scripture does not talk about justice in that way. I do not think that it was an accident that I saw this as I was on the way to fight injustice. I certainly have a heart for justice, but this scripture is convicting because it challenges me to bring forgiveness in the pursuit of Justice. When we think of justice as a society, we do not tend to link justice with forgiveness. But God is the One who does justice perfectly. If God does justice the right way, wouldn’t it be in our best interest to follow him? God forgives those who confess their sins. This obviously is a condition in justice and forgiveness. I just wonder what something like this would look like in our society. What would it look like in our individual hearts as we pursue justice around the world? I do not claim to have the answers, but this is certainly food for thought.

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


CGJ Intern Update: Desinee Easley

Huánuco is surrounded by mountains, as far as the eye can see. In fact, all of Peru is one seemingly endless expanse of mountains. No matter how high you go, it seems there is always another mountain that stretches up higher still just ahead of you. But the weirdest thing is that often you can’t even see that tallest mountain until you’ve climbed another mountain first; each mountain obscures the view of the others.

Wow, the parallels of this landscape with my own life are just as endless as those Andean ranges. My life these last few weeks in Huánuco, Peru has been nothing short of sweet and abounding in opportunities to learn. However, it hasn’t always been the kind of learning I expected to have.

I’m working in the office of Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope), a nonprofit that operates in cities throughout Peru. The Huánuco office focuses on fighting Child and Teen Sex Trafficking, and, man, is Huánuco a hub for such activity. Disguised behind a quaint, river-side city with one of the best climates in all of Peru hides an ugly secret. Huánuco is known as the primary point of kidnapping and distributing victims, mostly young girls, for sex trafficking in Peru.

Here, kidnapping usually occurs through false advertisements of job opportunities/interviews. Preying on the poverty and desperation of families in the community, jobs are offered in other cities or in “restaurants” and young girls apply to help. Captivity can also occur in a less subtle way, by drivers of motos, the primary form of transportation in the town. These men lock young girls inside their taxi, sometimes sedating them, and take them as prisoners. Young girls here can’t even rest secure that a trip to the store or to school won’t end in tragedy for them. Even I upon first arriving was instructed on how to kick out the door of a moto if necessary.

Not yet being a lawyer, and, frankly, not yet being fluent in Spanish has somewhat limited my capacity to be helpful here in the ways I wish to be. However, my hosts have been gracious in including me in as much as possible. As a part of my work with Paz y Esperanza I’m helping them prepare for a two-day event to be held at the end of June. The event is called a “Diplomada”, which is the equivalent of a certification course for local professionals, including attorneys, and government authorities. This course will train and teach on the issues of human sex trafficking and ways to detect and prevent it in within the scope of each profession. Each event is a day-long class, one day to be held here in Huánuco, and the other day to be held in a neighboring town, Tingo Maria. (Tingo Maria is the last stop on the trafficking route before girls from other, more isolated regions of the Amazonian areas, are brought to Huánuco to be sold.)

In my spare-time in the office I’ve been reading through the case files of clients just to hear their stories and to understand how the legal process works here and what it is doing for these victims. Honestly, what I’ve found is heart-breaking and discouraging to say the least. Most cases at Paz y Esperanza involve girls age seven to fourteen-years-old and have been pending for upwards of six years, but that is because resources for these victims are only just now being created, created by people like those in the office I work for. In Huánuco, awareness is everything and, though the process of transformation is painfully slow, there is hope and there is progress.

As I walk toward the end of this part of my summer, I realize that I’m only just finishing my first mountain. Now, suddenly, I can see all the mountains towering around me, and I know just how hard this career journey will be, fighting for the oppressed and forgotten. So many “too lates” or “problems I can’t fix” sit on my path, and I have to wrestle with that, but I trust that the God who has delegated to me such a tough path will also delegate to me the strength and grace sufficient for it.

Because the greatest thing about mountains are the views that come when you reach the peak. Regardless of how high you are, and how high you have left to climb, stopping to see the success behind you is exhilarating and it matters. The successes matter. They matter to God and they matter to the one who was helped. Thank God that people all over the world are willing to climb mountains every day for people they don’t know and have yet to meet. Peru may have some of the tallest mountains I’ve ever seen, but at the top of even the tallest mountains I can see the lights of a few scattered homes, a beacon of peace and hope, a sign of people who are willing to live where it’s hard.

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


Regent University’s School of Law’s LL.M. Programs Given A+ Ranking by The International Jurist

In May 2017, The International Jurist released its latest issue featuring the best LL.M. programs. Regent University’s School of Law (LAW) received an “A+” ranking in its “Best Value Law Schools” category.

The issue honors “the most robust programs for foreign attorneys” in the areas of Academics, Best Law School, Experience, Career Opportunities and Best Value. Regent’s LL.M. programs were ranked above law schools such as UNC School of Law, Wake Forest University, Georgia State University and Ohio State University.

“I’m very proud of the Regent faculty, because they worked very hard to achieve that goal,” said director of LL.M. programs and LAW associate professor Kathleen McKee. “It’s nice to be able to say to them, ‘I know you worked hard, but here are the fruits of your labor.’”

The LL.M. programs – which include both American Legal Studies and Human Rights – are designed for students who have already received JDs and wish to pursue more concentrated areas of study.

The American Legal Studies program is an online, on-campus or hybrid concentration of study geared for graduates of accredited law institutions outside the United States who are fulfilling requirements to practice American law. The LL.M. in Human Rights is offered exclusively on campus, providing a biblical focus of study for those seeking advanced learning in international, regional and domestic human rights.

The rankings for “Best Value” considered whether LL.M. students could participate in law journals, the typical foreign student enrollment, percentage of students receiving a scholarship, and room and board costs for one year.

Apart from the “value” of the LL.M. programs as distinguished by The International Jurist, McKee believes their true worth is found in the credentials of the faculty and the rigor of the courses themselves.

McKee explained that for the area of American Legal Studies in particular, she witnesses faculty members going above and beyond helping students succeed, especially those seeking an education from outside of the United States. And while McKee said the superior ranking of her programs is an honor, she gives credit where it’s due:

“It’s really not about me,” she said. “It’s about the fact that I work with an incredible group of faculty.”

By Brett Wilson Tubbs


Student Staff Update: Maria Cabrera

My name is Maria Cabrera, and this is my first year with the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law (CGJ). I am a first-year Masters in Law student with Regent University. My favorite part of the CGJ is learning about people and different cultures throughout the world.

Hello, Everyone.

As the spring semester ends, I must confess I feel special because I was asked to help research and study Turkey. Turkey is a land rich in history, the arts, intellectual achievements, and fortitude. I only hope that Turkey will channel her gifts to continue to build the next generation in Turkey and carry her torch as the only secular Muslim nation in the world and that light bear a moral compass to exercise good when under fire.

As a leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan possesses an uncanny popularity and charisma that could make a difference for the better in Turkey and the surrounding region for freedom. His acumen as a businessman could help build a more independent Turkey, ruling with immediate reason and the rule of law as his friend and not his enemy.

It has been six months since Turkish authorities unjustly imprisoned United States Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. Currently, Turkey is in a State of Emergency and securing a trial date may be a challenge.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Attorney Aysun Aksehirlioğlu for Pastor Brunson “released a statement indicating the lack of evidence that Pastor Brunson had a membership or any other relationship with cited organization.”

The ACLJ continues to say that on a recent visit to Turkey, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson presented Pastor Brunson’s case directly with President Erdoğan suggesting that an indictment might be forthcoming.

More than ever before, wisdom, understanding, and compassion demonstrate the need for a comprehensive approach for the United States and Turkey regarding the freedom of one husband and father, Pastor Brunson.

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

CGJ Student Staff Update: Toolkit

Greetings! My name is Brandan Goodwin and I am finishing up my 1L year at Regent University School of Law. I am from Traverse City, Michigan and came to Regent because of many opportunities afford to me by this wonderful university in both advancing my academic career and my spiritual journey. I developed a wonderful relationship with Professor Walton and joined the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. My first project was for Justice Ventures International and was focused on conducting a Business Toolkit for Freedom Business.

These Freedom Businesses are established for victims of human trafficking to get back onto their feet and develop modern economic skills to reintegrate into society. JVI provides such a wonderful service to not only combat trafficking but to create a solution to keeping these victims out of recurring traumatic situations. This Toolkit establishes a guide for developing 501(c)(3) non-profit businesses. It gives these emerging businesses a basic guideline to what documents need to be filed to gain this tax-exempt status and also what is important to file with the state to become a legal entity. This service is monumental because these non-profits do not have huge capital resources to pay for a business attorney to conduct all of this background paperwork and we at the Center can provide a basic guide that can be double checked by a licensed attorney and help these business save money and get to helping the oppressed.

The work that the Center does on projects like this one is monumental to these organizations in the work they do to help the poor and the oppressed. I am grateful for these wonderful opportunities that the Center has afforded me to help further the Christian mission and doing meaningful work in the world. For more information on JVI See - http://www.justiceventures.org.

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


CGJ Student Staff Update: Shannon Fields

This semester I had the privilege to work on a project for Shared Hope. My team and I researched statutes that could be used to prosecute facilitators of human trafficking and victim offenders/bottom girls. Shared Hope uses our research and analysis to determine whether a state’s statutes specifically target the individuals they were written to convict or if the state’s statutes are too broad. Shared Hope then gives each state legislature a grade to indicate how well their statutes are targeting their intended recipient. Then, ideally, the state legislatures will make the necessary changes to more narrowly target the individuals responsible for trafficking offenses. It is tedious work, but it is a privilege to have the opportunity to influence state trafficking statutes across the country. Nothing in law school has been more rewarding than the work I have done for the Center for Global Justice.

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