Although I’m primarily spending my time here teaching Legal Writing courses, I have also met with several NGOs, learning about what they do and offering whatever advice I can.
Yesterday—before I went to the hospital—I met with the legal staff of the Cambodia office of International Justice Mission. IJM works to combat human trafficking. Currently, their focus is on labor trafficking. Their legal team assists prosecutors by lending their expertise and resources to criminal prosecutions, effectively “second seating” trials. They also conduct trainings of police and provide support to victims. It is a very impressive operation. Their website has a number of reports about their work.
Today, staying closer to home, I met with researchers for the Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law, which is based at RULE. We discussed strategies for legal writing and research. The researchers also teach in RULE’s very successful English Language Based Bachelor of Laws program, which includes several courses in Legal Writing, so they approached the subject as both teachers and researchers.