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The University of San Francisco, USF School of Law, and Center for Law and Global Justice support numerous internationally-focused publications. The center also publishes teaching materials, reports, and law review articles in concordance with faculty research and Global Justice Projects.

USF Law Review

USF Law Review is staffed and managed by students of the USF School of Law. Each issue of legal scholarship is comprised of articles by professors and practitioners as well as student notes and/or comments. Journal articles are often focused on international issues, such as global climate change, globalization and trade initiatives, juvenile life prison sentences, and undocumented workers. Visit the journal site here.

JLWOP Report and Law Review Article

In concordance with the Project to End Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences, Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton and Professor Connie de la Vega authored "Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison: Global Law and Practice," a report published by the Center for Law and Global Justice (2007), in association with Human Rights Advocates. Leighton and de la Vega also published "Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison: Global Law and Practice" (University of San Francisco Law Review, 2008) in their efforts to eradicate juvenile life sentences.

Report on Haiti’s Housing Crisis

As of October 2011, an estimated 595,000 Haitians were still living in about 900 Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in and around Port-au-Prince after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake. This report, authored by Center for Law and Global Justice Assistant Director for Haiti Programs Nicole Phillips and co-published by the Center for Law and Global Justice, documents the results of household surveys conducted in part by USF School of Law students on the progress of President Michel Martelly’s 100-day plan to close six IDP camps. The survey results found that families in the IDP camps struggled to survive without adequate food or safe drinking water, did not receive sufficient information on camp closures, and, in some instances, received little to no assistance to relocate and faced heavy-handed law enforcement upon camp closures.

Report on Human Rights Conditions in Haiti Displacement Camps

“We’ve Been Forgotten,” co-published by the Center for Law and Global Justice, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, and other social justice organizations, explores conditions in Haiti’s displacement camps after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. A survey administered in February 2010 indicated that the basic human rights of residents of the camps were being violated. In July 2010, USF law students located and interviewed the families a second time to document changes in their living conditions and family circumstances. Nicole Phillips ’99 coordinated the team of surveyors, which included Professor Dolores Donovan and four USF law students. The report concludes that daily life remains a struggle for residents and their basic human rights to food, water, and housing continue to be comprehensively violated.

Report on Freedom of the Press in Haiti

This report, co-published by the Center for Law and Global Justice and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, documents troublesome trends of threats and intimidation that journalists have encountered in Haiti in violation of their freedom of expression. Interviews with Haitian journalists found that Haitian law enforcement and the administration of President Michel Martelly has created an atmosphere of fear through intimidation, threats, imprisonment, destruction of media equipment, and retaliation. Journalists critical of the government have also been denied interviews with government officials and access to public information. 

Peace Review

Peace Review is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of research and analysis, focusing on current issues that underlie the promotion of a peaceful world. Peace research is broadly defined to include peace, human rights, development, ecology, culture, and related issues. Journal topics have included the North American Free Trade Agreement, citizenship and social justice, hybrid political orders and peacebuilding, the Darfur crisis, women's rights, and academic repression. Visit the journal site here.

Teaching Materials

The center has produced teaching materials based on its work around the globe. In conjunction with the University of San Francisco, East China University, and the International Council of Toy Industries, the center created training materials for labor law compliance in China's toy factories. Judicial training materials that provide guidance for decision-making, labor law, and genocide were developed for Vietnam and Cambodia. The center, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development, also created materials for a Cambodian law curriculum. The texts, which cover crucial topics in Cambodian law, include A Practical Introduction to Cambodian Law, Cambodian Employment and Labor Law (volumes I and II), Cambodian Law of Elections, Children and the Law, Democracy: A Citizen's Role, International and Cambodian Human Rights Law, The Constitution and Government of Cambodia, and Women and the Law.

For information or to request center teaching materials, please contact the Center for Law and Global Justice at (415) 422-6280 or globaljustice@usfca.edu.