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How can social justice get you a job? – TRU Newsroom

How can social justice get you a job? – TRU Newsroom

October 16, 2019 at 10:51 am  Education, Kamloops, News

Learn from past and present TRU law students and pro bono lawyers how to turn social justice into a job.

They will showcase ground-breaking cases that would not have been possible without their efforts, and describe how these experiences have impacted their careers.

Free pizza provided

This is an Access to Justice Week warm-up event

Why attend?

  • Learn about cases now before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Peruvian courts, and the World Bank’s compliance ombudsperson—all made possible by the work of TRU law students in transnational lawyering.
  • Civil society leaders and human rights lawyers will explain how they have worked with TRU students to make these cases happen.
  • A panel of current and past TRU law students will describe how their work on these projects made them more attractive to firms and directly translated to their legal careers.  Social justice law is black letter law!

Background information

Since 2014, dozens of TRU law students have dedicated their time, creativity and skills to supporting communities in developing countries who are negatively affected by transnational resource extraction.  They have done this for credit in the Transnational Lawyering experiential learning seminar, with scholarships from TRU’s Research Office, and as pro bono researchers with the NGO Justice & Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP).

What is transnational lawyering?

Transnational lawyering is an experiential learning seminar offered at TRU LAW during the 2020 Winter term.  It satisfies the upper year international law requirement & the writing requirement.

Students undertake legal research to support civil society organizations concerned with social and environmental justice in relation to resource development in Canada and abroad. Students develop their legal writing, analysis and advocacy skills by working on real-world cases while collaborating with partner organizations. Recent student projects include:

  • a complaint to the World Bank ombudsperson regarding an oil extraction in Kenya;
  • amicus curiae submissions to Peruvian courts in support of a human rights defenders who face threats and violence because of their criticism of transnational mining in Peru, including Canadian mining
  • a complaint to the Public Service Integrity Commissioner, judicial review to Federal Court and appeal to Federal Court of Appeal, concerning acts and omissions of Canadian officials in Mexico in connection with the murder of a Mexican human rights and environment defender
  • complaint to Office of the Information Commissioner and judicial review to Federal Court concerning Canada’s support for a mine in Guatemala
  • support for interveners at the Supreme Court of Canada, submissions to Global Affairs Canada.

What is JCAP?

JCAP is a not-for-profit organization that offers pro bono legal support to communities adversely affected by mining.

JCAP has made submissions to: United Nations bodies, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, Peruvian courts, the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, Securities Commissions, the Canada Pension Plan Board, the Office of the Information Commissioner, the Public Service Integrity Commission, and Parliamentary committees.  JCAP is based jointly at TRU LAW and Osgoode Hall Law School.


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