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Myanmar

Uganda

Social Business/Enterprise, Anti-Human Trafficking

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Global

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PROGRAM: LL.M.

in Sustainable International Development Law

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BENJAMIN BENJAMINE. E. ARITAO, ARITAO,JR. JR.

How will you apply what you’ve learned when you return home? First, I am inspired to continue my work in preventing human trafficking as well as providing a new future for the victims in my home country. As co-founder of a social enterprise that provides livelihoods to survivors of human trafficking and to those that are at risk, I know we are part of a larger global effort against trafficking that is continually growing. Second, I feel significantly more equipped to share the lessons learned as a lawyer and what we are learning as social entrepreneurs. I plan to support the recently filed Philippine House Bill on social enterprises and make recommendations based on my studies as a Barer Fellow, as well as my experience on the ground. Third, I am more aware of the importance of the judicial system and of having the kind of rule of law that truly benefits society.

Stella W. Ngotho Kenya Business and Human Rights, International Human Rights Law

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LORRAINE LORRAINE OGOMBE OGOMBE

PROGRAM: LL.M.

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SSTELLA TELLAW. W. NGOTHO NGOTHO

CHARLES CHARLES MUTASA MUTASA

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in Sustainable International Development Law What inspired you to apply for this Fellowship? I had reached a point in my life where I felt the need for intellectual and social stimulation, to get out of my comfort zone, travel and interact with people from all over the world. I wanted an opportunity to share the knowledge I had acquired from my human rights experience in East Africa and also learn from other people’s experiences and interests.

Business, Corporate Law PROGRAM: Visiting

Scholar

How will your course of study influence your work? Since Myanmar changed its political system to a democracy about three years ago, we are trying to fill in in gaps in our knowledge and approaches to current development issues. The Barer Fellowship will help fill some of Myanmar’s knowledge gaps. Learning why the rule of law and sustainable development are critical to Myanmar’s future will influence my daily work at the Attorney General’s Office.

Lorraine Ogombe Kenya Intellectual Property, Criminal Law

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PROGRAM:

LL.M. in Intellectual

Property What has been a highlight of your fellowship? I have enjoyed the cultural and professional diversity among the Barer Fellows and, in fact, among the entire University of Washington School of Law. As a result of this diversity I have learned vital lessons in interacting and socializing with people from different backgrounds, skills I can apply to my work as a Kenyan Magistrate. Outside, the classroom, I have been fortunate to interact with attorneys from the oldest and largest law office in Seattle, K&L Gates. My professional mentor from this office, Kate Spelman, has been generous in sharing her time and vast experience in intellectual property and law practice in the U.S.

Florence Owinji Akello Human Rights, Rule of Law, International Criminal Court, Sustainable Development

PROGRAM: LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your course of study? I have realized that Uganda, like many countries, is full of many problems but lacking solutions. Poor administration of justice and human rights abuses are some factors affecting development. In Uganda, observance of human rights still remains a very great challenge. Uganda recently passed an anti-pornography law, the first of its kind in the region, prohibiting women from wearing miniskirts and revealing blouses. This law violates a woman’s fundamental right to liberty and free association. I hope that lessons learned from this program will help me provide support to women through advocacy to know their rights, and I urge the Ugandan government not to sit back and watch women’s right continue to be abused in such a manner. The sections in the law that undermine the dignity of a woman should be revised or deleted.

Charles Mutasa Zimbabwe Human Rights, Governance, Health, Poverty Reduction, Land Issues, Civil Society

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

PROGRAM: LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Law

How will you apply what you’ve learned when you return home? There are a number of take home lessons for me. Most importantly, learning how the rule of law links to development and how it can be used to impact development. I now understand that the land tenure issues and legal reforms in my country hold the key to production and sustainable development.

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BARER FELLOWS

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Benjamin E. Aritao, Jr. Philippines

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