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.
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.