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SOAS学生が法的政策的分析を提供するプロボノ・アドボカシー・ネットワークを始動
2013年4月3日

ロンドン大学SOASの大学院課程で学ぶ学生グループが、市民団体や法律事務所、開発期間などの組織に対し、無料の法的政策的分析を提供するアドボカシー・ネットワークを立ち上げました。

Banyan: SOAS Advocatesと名づけられたこのネットワークの目的は、そのようなサポートを必要としている組織と、自らのスキル、研究、知識や自由な時間を実際的な環境で活かしたいと考える積極的な大学院生を結びつけることにあります。

Through Banyan, SOAS students offer pro bono legal and policy research and writing to interested third parties. Projects must have clear development, human rights or social justice advocacy goals and a commitment to practical change. Banyan currently has a network of more than fifty postgraduate students.

In the last twelve months, Banyan has fielded teams for a range of international projects. Examples include:

-A Banyan team of students worked with Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) to support the implementation of the government of Guinea’s new mining code. The students assisted the government in ongoing negotiations and drafted research reports on different mining companies;

-Three Banyan students joined the MSI Project, an NGO monitoring the human rights impacts of multi-stakeholder initiatives. They wrote reports analysing some of these initiatives and helped generate recommendations to improve their adherence to human rights standards;

-The Aegis Trust came to Banyan via Dr Chandra Sriram from the SOAS School of Law. Four postgraduate students have researched and drafted a report regarding Sudan and the ICC;

-Banyan supported a group of eminent legal historians in drafting briefs to the US Supreme Court in the high profile case of Kiobel, which concerns alleged corporate human rights abuses. Their research was cited in oral argument before the Court.

 

Professor Tyler Giannini of Harvard Law School worked with Banyan on Kiobel. Professor Giannini said: “The work of the students and researchers from SOAS has been invaluable to the litigation effort and historical research on corporate liability. In this case, which is being watched around the world with great interest, it has been excellent to see collaborative research efforts that span the continents.”

Banyan was founded in April 2012 by Jessica Whelligan and Luke Smitham, both SOAS MA Law Students, together with SOAS Research Associate Deval Desai. Banyan recently welcomed two new committee members, SOAS postgraduates Hayley Ichilcik (LLM) and Matthew Burnett-Stuart (MA Law).

 

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