CGJ Student Staff Projects for Fall 2017

We wanted to provide a brief update on the work of the Center this semester. Every semester the Center for Global Justice student staff completes legal projects for other organizations.

Currently, we are working on a number of important projects, and we welcome your prayers for each. The projects are listed based on the organization for whom the project is done and the human rights issue that it covers:

  1. Shared Hope: We continue to assist Shared Hope with the Protected Innocence Challenge, a comprehensive 50-state survey that grades each state with respect to its legislative framework for combatting child sex trafficking. This semester our project focuses on researching and analyzing the laws of the fifty states with respect to alternative court processes for minors. The goal is to determine which process is best suited for child sex trafficking victims and whether changes to the processes need to be made to better protect these victims. We also are assisting Shared Hope with researching whether any state has passed new legislation that could impact their grades on the Protected Innocence Challenge.

  1. International Justice Mission: We are doing different projects for various IJM offices this semester. One relates to holding police officers accountable for their actions, and this project is largely confidential. The other projects relate to strengthening the rule of law and creating a case digest of all domestic violence cases in Uganda.  

  1. Justice Ventures International: JVI fights human trafficking in India and also works to protect the poor. This semester we are researching the laws of the state of West Bengal regarding various governmental entitlements that human trafficking victims and the poor can utilize. The goal of the research is to supplement a lawyers’ manual that will aid local lawyers in securing benefits for the poor.

  1. Handong/Mongolian Parliamentarian: In conjunction with Handong International Law School, we are researching the history of religious freedom in Mongolia, going all the way back to Genghis Khan empire. Surprisingly, Khan offered robust protections for religious minorities, including Christians. Ultimately, we would like to use our memo to advocate for Mongolia to enhance its protection of religious freedom.

  1. Kyampisi Childcare Ministries: KCM continues its great work of fighting child sacrifice in Uganda. Ugandan law allows for courts to order that the offender pay restitution to child sacrifice victims. We are drafting a memo on why restitution is a key piece of a criminal justice system, particularly for child sacrifice victims, and providing a draft order for courts to use. In addition to this project, we will assist KCM on any child sacrifice cases that come through the courts this semester.

  1. ADF International: In partnership with ADF International and various other pro-life groups, we drafted a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee arguing that abortion is not a protected right under Article 6, Right to Life, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. To read our post, go here. To read more about the project, go here.


CGJ Student Staff Update from Shannon Fields

This blog post was written by 3L Shannon Fields.

This semester I have had the privilege to work on a project for Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM). The organization fights child sacrifice in Uganda as well as provides rehabilitation for the victims. KCM asked the Center for Global Justice to write a memorandum about why restitution should be granted to child sacrifice victims and/or their families.

Although there is a statute which permits the courts to grant restitution to such victims, it is rarely implemented. Child sacrifice crimes not only cause extreme emotional hardship for the families, but they also cause financial hardships. It is not enough to remove the perpetrator from society. Steps should be taken to attempt to make the victim or victim’s family whole once again, and restitution is one of those steps. Restitution has the potential to provide financial relief to the victim’s family, and unfortunately, it is not being utilized in regard to child sacrifice crimes. The hope is that this memorandum will motivate judges to grant restitution to the victims to pay for their medical expenses, psychological treatment, and other needs. It is a privilege to get to encourage change in Uganda, a place near and dear to my heart.

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 Executive Director Publishes New Book

On October 27, 2017, Center for Global Justice Executive Director Jeffrey Brauch published his third book: Flawed Perfection: What It Means To Be Human And Why It Matters For Culture, Politics, And Law.

In his book, Brauch argues that in order to properly address the most pressing issues facing our nation and world--such as human trafficking, genocide, protecting life in a world of advancing biotechnologies--we must first properly understand human nature. Only then can we properly confront such challenges.

The book addresses a number of issues that relate very directly to the work of the Center for Global Justice. Chapter 3, for example, goes to the root of why human trafficking exists and is flourishing today. It discusses various forms of human trafficking (from labor and sex trafficking to using child soldiers) and describes how each stems from both human fallenness and failing to see human beings as made in God’s image with dignity and worth.  This chapter, like all those that follow, offers practical counsel to those who seek to end this destructive practice.

Chapter 6 discusses human rights more generally. It applauds the significant efforts the human rights movement has made to protect vulnerable individuals.  But it also warns of the dangers facing the movement if it does not embrace a complete view of human nature.  For example, while the movement makes human dignity the centerpiece of its work, it does not always grasp the implications of human sin.  And by failing to do so, it threatens both the future of the movement and the protection of human rights. The chapter ends with a call for Christians to engage with the world of human rights and call it back to its original goal: to protect basic rights that belong to every human being because they are created in the image of God.

If you are interested in the work of the Center we encourage you to check out this book. Flawed Perfection is a nonpartisan examination of many issues that challenge Christians today—from human rights issues such as those described above to domestic issues like the proper role of government. And it provides the language to think carefully through and then respond to those issues with both gravity and grace.

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About the author:

Jeffrey A. Brauch is a professor of law and former dean at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During his more than twenty years at the school, he has taught classes on the Christian foundations of law, international human rights, criminal law, civil procedure, and the origins of the Western legal tradition. He also helped found and is the executive director of Regent’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.


Teen Court

My name is Anna Colby and I am a 2L serving on the student staff for the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law (CGJ).

This semester I began working on the Shared Hope project researching dependency, delinquency, and alternate processes (see Courtney Knox’s blog post). I was very surprised to learn about an area of our juvenile judicial system that is rarely talked about- Teen Court.

In Teen Court (also called youth or peer court), first-time offending juveniles who have committed low-level crimes or status offenses can admit guilt and choose to be adjudicated by a jury of their peers (other teens), complete with a teen judge, for a sentence. The youth advocate defender, as well as the community advocate, are both teens as well. Although this system is not very well known, it has had great success in preventing minors from re-offending.

Minors who go through the Teen Court process don’t face the same kinds of consequences as in a regular juvenile court. The goal of Teen Court is to deal with the root issue of why an offender took the actions he or she did, not just to hand down a sentence.

Finding out about this alternate form of adjudication has been refreshing and enlightening to me, and has given me hope for the juvenile justice system.

If you’d like to read more about teen courts, please check out the following articles:

Katie J.M. Baker, Welcome to Teen Court, Buzzfeed News (2015).

Lynne Marie Kohm and Alison R. Haefner, Empowering Love and Respect for Child Offenders Through Therapeutic Jurisprudence: The Teen Courts Example, Sociology and Anthropology 4(4): 212-221 (2016).

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.


Giving Tuesday 2017

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (November 28, 2017). Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday seeks to intentionally shift focus away from commercialized events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law depends on generous donations from people like you to accomplish its mission. By God’s grace, and through your faithful support, we are literally changing the world. Whether combatting child sacrifice in Uganda, fighting sex trafficking around the world, or advancing the rule of law in war-torn African nations, the Center is making a lasting impact in the lives of the oppressed and vulnerable around the globe.

There are two specific areas where we particularly need funding: (1) our Internship/Fellowship Grant Program and (2) the East Africa Initiative.

Internship/Fellowship Grant Program 

Every summer approximately 20 second and third-year law students intern with legal organizations around the globe where they work on combatting sex trafficking, protecting children, securing religious freedom, advancing the rule of law, and related human rights issues. Because many students intern overseas with non-profit legal organizations, students are not paid and their costs are quite high (travel, lodging, food, transportation). The Center awards them a grant of $4,000 to $5,000 to help cover these costs – and ensure that they are not shackled with more debt as they prepare for a career in human rights. Our goal is to raise $100,000 each year to cover the cost of 20 internships. To date, 60 interns have served in countries all over the world, including Cambodia, France, Greece, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Nepal, Russia, Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, in the Middle East, and throughout the United States. The program has been highly successful, not only because it provides students hands-on legal experience while caring for the oppressed, but also because it has opened partnership opportunities for the Student Staff and has even led to jobs for some of our students. Please visit our intern profiles page to read about some of our past interns. One of the most exciting new developments in the Center is the creation this year of a fellowship program. Under this program, the Center for Global Justice provides recent graduates with a full year of funding to work for a human rights organization. Our fellows receive invaluable legal experience doing work on behalf of the poor and oppressed. Our first two graduates secured fellowships with International Justice Mission Uganda and the Attorney General of Uganda. Donations to the Center for Global Justice Internship/Fellowship Fund help participating interns with living expenses while taking unpaid or low pay internships to expand their real-world experience. Donations marked for individuals are not tax-deductible and should not be given to the individual directly.

The East Africa Initiative 

Our East Africa Initiative is simply a response to God’s leading. Primarily centered in Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Center for Global Justice’s East Africa Initiative is focused on advancing the rule of law and protecting the weak and vulnerable. The Center participates in conferences and training on the rule of law and the practice of lawyering and judging as ministry. The Center has a particularly robust involvement in Uganda. The Center student staff is working on projects involving Uganda and the Center has sponsored numerous internships in Uganda where students work on combatting child sacrifice and land grabbing, among other issues.

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Defending the Right to Life

One of the CGJ's five Areas of Focus is protecting children. Whether children are abused, orphaned, sacrificed, or aborted, we must protect them. For the unborn, the CGJ is committed to advocating that they too are human beings who possess the most foundational human right: the right to life. 

Indeed, advocating for the unborn is a direct fulfillment of Scripture’s mandate to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently submitted a new draft General Comment to Article 6’s guarantee of the right to life in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Shockingly, the Committee’s comment interprets “the right to life” to include an obligation that States provide women access to abortion in certain cases. Thus, rather than recognize that unborn children are included within Article 6, the Committee interpreted Article 6 to include a right to abortion.

Regent Law professors and CGJ directors Jeff Brauch and Ernie Walton, in conjunction with the CGJ Student Staff, submitted a comment to the United Nations Human Rights Committee arguing that abortion is not a protected right under Article 6, Right to Life, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and that unborn children should be included among the “human beings” to whom the right to life applies.

Several other countries, individuals, and organizations, including one of our partner organizations, ADF International, also drafted comments in an effort to persuade the committee to remove the language with respect to abortion. The Committee is reviewing all of the submissions to its comment and should be deciding whether to revise the draft comment shortly. 


Alumni Profile: John Balouziyeh

 Many of Regent Law's 3,300+ alumni have worked or are presently working to bring justice to the oppressed and promote the rule of law around the world. We hope you enjoy reading the following alumni profiles, which represent just a small portion of our many alumni literally changing the world.

John Balouziyeh
Class of 2008

John Balouziyeh is an attorney at the international law firm, Dentons, where he advises clients on international law, foreign investment, defense contracting and government procurements. His work with the Norwegian Refugee Council and International Refugee Assistance Project has been nominated for CSR awards by Legal Week / CCME, The American Lawyer and The International Financial Law Review, and won Legal Week / CCME’s “CSR Team of the Year” awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

John is the author of Hope and a Future: The Story of Syrian Refugees (Time Books, 2016), which is available as a paperback, hardcover, eBook and audio book (Jechco Studios, 2017). John and the audio book narrator, Gary Roelofs, are donating all of their book royalties to humanitarian agencies assisting Syrian refugees.