The motive is to encourage students to recognise the importance attached to the ideals and aspirations that speak for every person. The Department focuses on nourishing existing relationships, as well as creating new partnerships, with human rights charities and non-profit organisations. We wish to create opportunities, such as placements and case work projects, in order for students to gain a practical understanding of what human rights entails for individuals and the communities they live in.
“Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right – and the right of others – to exercise them, they will be just words … ” The importance of human rights has been repeatedly underlined throughout the last decade. As a newly established department, we are going to try to continue and build on what the Human Rights Department accomplished last year and initiate relationships with human rights organisations. We would like to provide QMPBS members with opportunities to give resonance to human rights to ensure that they are not ‘just words’.
What We Do!
- Amicus Death Penalty Training (TBC)
- Free training sessions of the International Action Team (TBC)
- Research placement with Amicus-ALJ (a charity that helps provide representation for those facing the death penalty in the US)
- Queen Mary Pro Bono Society’s Inaugural Sixth Form Human Rights Moot, in collaboration with St Paul’s Way Trust School
- The Human Rights Department is proud to have won the Easter Fair Pro Bono Fundraising Competition last year. This year we aim to beat our own fundraising-record, in support of the Society and its affiliated charities.
- Summer placements with legal non profits in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Human Rights Blog
“The inaugural Pro-Bono Human Rights Mooting competition of 2014 has been a privilege. Not only did it allow me to interact and befriend fellow mooters, but having had the fortune to progress to the final round, fully bolstered my capability to speak in front of a large audience on a principled and fundamental aspect that binds our modern world, Human Rights.
The moots were well organised and interesting that affirmed my legal knowledge and also broadened it. The moot judge in the final round was brilliant, as was his feedback which was unique, impartial and most of all a confirmation of my pursuit for a career at the bar.
I conclude by stating that this competition is a must for all moot lovers as it is an impeccable and enjoyable route to academic and practical success. A big thank you to the Pro-Bono society for hosting it”
– Jagjit Landa, 2014 Pro-Bono Human Rights Mooting competition runner up lead mooter