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Student Opportunities at the Asia Law and Justice Center
Opportunities for law students to work on public interest and violence against women projects at the Leitner Center.

Spring 2011 Public Interest Lawyering Project

The Leitner Center is seeking two students to work on a legal education project with a Chinese non-governmental organization (NGO) partner on the experiences of public interest lawyers in the United States and China.  This project will take place during the Spring 2011 Semester - students may be eligible to receive credit for participation.

Project

The Leitner Center is collaborating with a Beijing-based NGO working on HIV/AIDS issues to produce a series of legal education videos focused on public interest litigation in the United States and China. Fordham Law students will research the evolution of public interest lawyering in the United States and China, interview U.S. lawyers about their experiences in public interest and human rights lawyering and advocacy, and participate in the creation of the legal education videos. Our Beijing-based NGO partner will be interviewing Chinese public interest lawyers.  Research on public interest lawyering will focus on the substantive issues litigated by the interviewed lawyers, including constitutional rights, immigration, LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS rights and reproductive rights.  The videos will be made available to Chinese law students and lawyers through a website, and used in trainings and education programs.

Getting involved

Interested students should contact Asia Law and Justice Fellow, Joy Chia (jchia@law.fordham.edu) as soon as possible to discuss the project and the possibility of receiving credit. Please include your resume

 

Spring 2011 research project regarding Gender Violence and Rural Women in China

The Leitner Center is seeking two to three students to work on research related to gender violence and rural women in the People's Republic of China (“China”). This project will take place during the Spring 2011 Semester - students may be eligible to receive credit for participation.

Project

In Spring 2011, the Leitner Center is starting a research project related to gender violence and rural women in China. In particular, the research seeks to examine how access to justice (or lack thereof) affects the ability of rural women to protect their rights, focusing on their ability to secure legal and extralegal protections against gender violence.  Students may have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in China as part of the project.

Background

Advocacy and research on access to legal protections with regards to domestic violence in China has focused on the experiences of women in urban settings. Little research has been done around the experiences of women in/from rural communities with regards to gender violence, especially how, if at all, they gain access to legal institutions and medical services.  It appears that rural women may be particularly vulnerable to gender violence for a variety of reasons, including a lack of resources, lack of employment and education opportunities, and persistent gender stereotypes.

Getting involved

Interested students should contact Asia Law and Justice Fellow, Joy Chia (jchia@law.fordham.edu) as soon as possible to discuss the project and the possibility of receiving credit. Please include your resume.


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