International Humanitarian Law Project
The Harris Institute International Humanitarian Law (IHL) program provides a unique opportunity to WashU Law students interested in international law field advocacy. Launched in 2001, the International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project was a one-of-a-kind cooperative program with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross. Through this program, Red Cross officials trained law students to teach international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, in area high school classrooms. After training, law students facilitated classroom discussions about topics such as current conflict zones, the lives of refugees, and landmines. Over eight local high schools took advantage of this program, which was intended to promote student activism and awareness of these issues.
In spring 2012, the IHL project entered a new phase and partnership with the Enough! Project. The Washington, D.C. based NGO works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve crises of genocide and crimes against humanity. Law students will have a unique opportunity to aid in Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign through the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative (CFCI). This Initiative aims to alleviate atrocities committed over conflict minerals in Congo by pressuring electronics companies to use conflict-free minerals in their products. CFCI draws on the power of student leadership, activism, and policy work to bring about peace in Congo by engaging universities to pass a resolution that would pressure electronic companies to take responsibility for the minerals in their supply chains. Eventually, consumer demand for conflict-free minerals in products we use every day will promote fair working conditions, a diversified local Congolese economy, and increased peace and stability – akin to the results of the Fair Labor Movement and the resulting Fair Labor Standards Act.
For more information, please visit: http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/conflict-free-campus-initiative.