Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Circle of Volunteer Leaders – IU Alumni for Human Rights

Avril Rua
Robert Masbaum
Chris Magno
Bobby Lam
Perfecto `Boyet´ Caparas

Human Rights Pilgrims - Thanksgiving 2013

Benjamin Keele, Research and Instructional Services Librarian

Moussa M Diakite Karressy

Guang Yang, J.D. Candidate 2014

Ryan Naylor, J.D. Candidate

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lecture video on How Human Rights Can Save Haiti by Health and Human Rights director Fran Quigley

Watch the lecture video of Health and Human Rights Clinic director Fran Quigley titled How Human Rights Can Save Haiti... And Other Developing Countries Too, in observance of International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2012

Professor Fran Quigley serves as a clinical professor of law of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, located at Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 USA.

Professor James Nehf, associate dean for graduate studies, delivered the welcome remarks, while Professor Karen Bravo, associate dean for international affairs, introduced Professor Quigley during the 2nd Graduate Studies Lecture Series held at the Wynne Courtroom of the law school on 29 November 2012.

About Professor Fran Quigley’s lecture:


In January, 2010, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes in modern history. The earthquake’s human and infrastructure toll only added to the Haitian misery caused by vicious hurricanes, grinding poverty, ongoing deforestation, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and a seemingly endless state of political upheaval.

For solutions to Haiti’s suffering, the international community typically envisions engineers digging wells, construction workers building houses, and doctors treating the sick. But, like efforts to rebuild a house without first ensuring a strong foundation and solid framing, emergency relief and even long-term investment in Haiti is doomed to failure until human rights are respected and the rule of law is in place.

Fortunately, a remarkable team of Haitian and American human rights lawyers have dedicated their lives to building the foundation for Haiti’s recovery. Working in partnership with grassroots organizations led by poor and disenfranchised Haitians, these lawyers lead a sustained and innovative campaign designed to bring justice to the poor and reverse a two-century legacy of Haitian lawlessness and suffering. Professor Quigley has written a book about this campaign, Victory is for the People: How Human Rights Can Save Haiti, and spoke about it in this lecture video on 29 November 2012.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Prof. Fran Quigley to lecture on "How Human Rights Can Save Haiti"

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Graduate Studies Lecture Series

In Observance of International Human Rights Day

“How Human Rights Can Save Haiti…And Other Developing Countries, Too”

1-hr CLE

Distinguished Lecturer


Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Health and Human Rights Clinic
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Co-Founder, Indiana University Alumni for International Human Rights Law
Venue:  Wynne Courtroom
Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

Pay parking at IUPUI Gateway Garage
525 N. Blackford St. Indianapolis, IN 46202
(corner Michigan & California streets)

Date:  29 November 2012, Thursday
Time:  4:30-5:30 pm

Free food & drinks – 5:30-6:00 pm, Law Atrium

Free & open to all IUPUI constituencies & the public


Associate Dean for Graduate Studies James Nehf
Associate Dean for International Affairs Karen Bravo
Joint Center for Asian Law Studies Director Lloyd Wilson
IUPUI International Partnerships Director Ian McIntosh
IUPUI Office of International Affairs
Indiana University Alumni for International Human Rights Law


Asian Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Equal Justice Works
International Human Rights Law Society
International Law Society
Master of Laws Association

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Human Rights Pilgrims - Thanksgiving 2012


Macarena Foitzick, S.J.D. candidate
Avril Rua, LL.B, LL.M.
Mr. Ntsika W. Fakudze, LL.M.
Amber Malcolm, J.D.
Basim Najeeb, LL.M. candidate
Sukrat Baber, J.D. candidate
Leontiy V. Korolev, J.D. 
Jacqueline C. Williams, J.D., LL.M.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Constitution and Bylaws: Indiana University Alumni for International Human Rights Law



Came into force on January 21, 2009 following its ratification by AHR members

I. Objectives

The objectives of the organization are as follows:

A. Establish a diverse, cohesive, volunteer, independent, nonpartisan, and educational group of IU alumni committed to fortify the rule of international human rights law

B. Address human rights issues through the human rights-based approach, from multidisciplinary perspectives, and by means of active nonviolence

C. Provide mutual support and develop individual and group capacities among IU constituencies—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to engage in any and all forms of ahimsa (nonviolence) to ensure the respect for, protection, and fulfillment of the universal, inalienable, interdependent, and indivisible economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights of all persons

D. Proactively respond to any and all human rights challenges on an immediate, short-, medium-, and long-term basis, at the IU, local, national, regional, and international levels, by means of action-oriented, impact-generating, and strategic initiatives, programs, projects, activities, and campaigns

E. Initiate and support any and all efforts to develop, protect, and assist IU international human rights lawyers, scholars, and defenders

F. Uphold the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, officially known as the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms per UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/53/144

G. Promote the human rights provisions of the United Nations Charter

H. Promote pro bono international human rights legal services with racial and gender perspectives, and

I. Promote the values of volunteerism, simple living, hard work, and self-reliance

II. Principles and Methodology

The following principles and methodology shall guide the organization’s officers and members:

A. The cross-section of soon-to-be alumni and alumni comprising the membership of the organization shall function to assist soon-to-be alumni and students in initiating and undertaking career-enhancing and development activities and services in the fields of international human rights law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law

B. The organization shall practice the human rights tenets and principles of consultative, participatory, transparent, accountable, and democratic decision-making and ensure that these principles are institutionalized in the various mechanisms and systems of the organization.

C. A system of checks and balances shall be instituted internally.

D. The racial and gender perspectives shall be integrated into the internal systems and operations of the organization, such that racial and gender equality and nondiscrimination shall be institutionalized and entrenched.

E. The need to proactively respond to human rights challenges in a timely, relevant, and meaningful fashion shall be balanced with the practice and observance of the abovementioned tenets and always subject to the principle of accountability.

III. Officers

The following officers shall constitute the Board of Trustees:

A. President – shall direct and manage the affairs of the organization as well as oversee and guide the work of the various committees

B. Internal Vice President – shall develop the organization’s capabilities and proper coordination to achieve its objectives and assist the President and various committees in their work

C. External Vice President – shall be responsible for liaising and networking with Indiana University alumni groups, local, national, regional, and international human rights groups. The External Vice President shall coordinate with the Networking and Coalition-Building Committee.

D. Secretary – shall disseminate information to the officers and members, call meetings, prepare minutes of meetings, and keep the records of the organization

E. Treasurer – shall be responsible for the finances of the organization and maintain bookkeeping records and systems strictly in accordance with current accounting and auditing standards and procedures

F. Auditor – shall oversee the financial affairs of the organization and ensure that the principle of financial transparency is practiced and that the system of checks and balances is properly established and operationalized

G. Public Relations Officer – shall prepare and disseminate press statements, coordinate with media, establish, operate, and direct the organization’s public information machinery, through online tools, publications, and various means. The Public Relations Officer shall be responsible for the regular publication of an online newsletter. The Public Relations Officer shall coordinate with the Publications and Communications Committee.

IV. Members

Indiana University alumni and soon-to-be-alumni are eligible for membership in the organization.

V. Rights of Members

All members, including soon-to-be alumni, are entitled to vote and be voted for any position.

Any member shall be eligible for election, regardless of their place of residence and/or work.

Any member shall be entitled to volunteer and/or be appointed by the Board or any committee head to serve in any capacity in any committees.

VI. Elections

The abovementioned officers shall be elected by secret ballot.

Voting may be done electronically.

The integrity and impartiality of the conduct of elections shall always be safeguarded.

VII. Term of Office

The officers shall serve for a period of one year.

Any officer shall be eligible for reelection or appointment to or to serve in any capacity and position.

VIII. Committees

The following committees shall be created:

A. Special Projects – undertake programs, projects, and activities to promote the organization’s objectives

Advocacy and Campaigns – undertake various human rights advocacy efforts and activities using the international human rights law framework, such as petition-signing and other forms of ahimsa (nonviolence) to address various human rights issues

B. Recruitment, Membership Coordination and Mobilization – shall consult and gather ideas, input, suggestions, and recommendations from officers and members and involve them in any and all of the organization’s undertakings

C. Recruitment – shall develop and implement strategies to expand the organization’s membership

D. Finance – shall raise and manage funds according to the principles of financial transparency and accountability with emphasis on preparing and managing cost-effective human rights budgets

E. Networking and Coalition-Building – shall liaise and develop collaborative undertakings with various local, national, regional, and international organizations for human rights promotion and defense on an immediate-, short-, medium-, and long-term basis

F. Training – shall respond to the training needs and requests of various IU constituencies for engagement in various human rights initiatives

G. Research and Documentation – shall develop, organize, and maintain the organization’s database for easy retrieval and use for human rights undertakings

H. Publications and Communications– come out with various media tools to pursue human rights objectives, including regular issues of an online newsletter

I. International Human Rights Defense Unit – shall focus on developing capacities to participate in various local, national, regional, and international human rights mechanisms, including those of the United Nations, African Union, Organization of American States, European Nations and others, by means of shadow reporting and individual complaints

Members may be appointed or elected to serve as head of any committee.

IX. Finances and Budget

The organization shall practice the human rights tenets and principles of consultative, participatory, transparent, accountable, and democratic decision-making in the acquisition, management, disbursement, and reporting of any and all its funds.

The organization shall prepare, keep, and maintain records and establish bookkeeping systems in accordance with current accounting and auditing systems.

The organization shall be regularly subjected to external and independent audit by an impartial and professional auditor.

The members of the public shall have full access to the financial books of the organization, which the organization shall provide either at its own initiative or upon request by any party, public or private.

X. Name

The name of the organization shall be the Indiana University Alumni for International Human Rights Law.

The name IU Alumni for Human Rights may be used interchangeably for brevity.

The acronym AHR may also be used to refer to the organization.

XI. Logo

The organization shall have a logo symbolizing its human rights principles and objectives.

XII. Slogan

The organization shall have a slogan that embodies and symbolizes its principles and objectives.

XIII. Ratification

This Constitution shall take effect immediately upon ratification by majority of the members casting their vote electronically or by any practical means.

XIV. Amendment

This Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by majority of the members casting their vote electronically or by other practical means.

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.