We returned in late March from our 2017 Spring Break trip. This year we took with us 7 Pepperdine Law students, 3 Public Defenders, and 1 District Court Judge. We intended our trip to be one of building new relationships and deepening old ones. You can find some of our activities listed below. If you are interested in hearing our stories from the trip, check out our blog at www.pepperdineglobaljustice.com. The March 2018 trip details and application will be posted in September 2017.
- Co-sponsored a two-day National Plea Bargaining Summit at National Law University, Delhi
- Visited the Delhi High Court and learned about their newly implemented vulnerable witness room
- Visited the Counsel to Secure Justice and International Justice Mission offices for presentations on their work
- Watched a presentation from the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
- Visited the Taj Mahal
- Celebrated Holi: the Indian festival of Spring and colors
The purpose of the Spring Break trip is to provide an opportunity for our students to view their law degree through a human rights lens. Students will engage in the various discussions and activities planned each year as well as engage with the culture while visiting historical sights.
Our methodology is similar to that as described in the books, When Helping Hurts, Toxic Charity, and Walking with the Poor. We seek to serve the needs of developing countries where invitations have graciously been extended. Our purpose is to help nations' top leaders implement structural changes to their judicial process in order to secure greater access to justice for citizens. We hope students passionate about a career in International Human Rights, or something under the umbrella of Global Justice, will join this trip and gain invaluable resources and tools from the experience to carry forward in their legal careers.