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IJM Founder Gary Haugen Teaches Human Rights Seminar Course

Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen, the founder, president, and CEO of human rights agency International Justice Mission (IJM), joins the School of Law faculty April 18-22 to teach a seminar titled “Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Developing World.” The course is an in-depth exploration into the enforcement of human rights with a particular emphasis on working with local government agencies and communities to provide effective access to justice.

His course at Pepperdine builds on the relationship forged between the two institutions when the School of Law became the first in the country to establish a student chapter of IJM.

“Gary Haugen's time is so precious, and his mission of such critical importance, that we are honored he would invest a full week with us here at Pepperdine,” said Bryan Pereboom, president of the law school’s student chapter of IJM. “We are humbled and challenged to learn from someone living so completely on mission for Jesus.”

Haugen’s extensive experience in the fields of human rights and rule of law dates back to his work at the U.S. Department of Justice and the United Nations, during which time he investigated the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He founded IJM in 1997 as a nonprofit agency to rescue victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery, and oppression worldwide.

IJM now has field offices across the world from Guatemala, to Kenya, to India. IJM lawyers, investigators, and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute, perpetrators, and to promote functioning public justice systems.

Most recently, Haugen has expanded on the focus of enforcement of law as the new mandate for human rights. He wrote about the topic in an article from the May/June 2010 issue of the international policy journal Foreign Affairs. Coauthored with Department of Justice attorney Victor Boutros, “And Justice for All: Enforcing Human Rights for the World’s Poor” explored the reasons why millions continue to suffer violent oppression despite laws that are in place to help prevent such crimes.

“Gary Haugen is a true giant in addressing global justice issues," says Professor Naomi Goodno. "He has a clear vision and a contagious passion for justice. It is a true honor and blessing that Prof. Haugen is teaching at our school.”

In 2009, Haugen visited the Malibu campus to present the commencement speech at the law school graduation, urging the graduates to enjoy life saying, “For where you find true joy, you will also find your purpose.”