Summer Internship 2012
Joe Miller served as a legal intern to Catholic Relief Service’s partner in Beirut, Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center (CLMC). Working with Lebanese lawyers, Joe carried out an in-depth study of domestic and international law affecting the children of migrant workers in Lebanon. His report identified the gaps between Lebanese national legislation affecting the children of migrants and Lebanon’s international obligations. In light of these gaps, the report recommends ways to bring Lebanon into closer harmony with its international obligations pertaining to the children of migrant workers.
Lena Brinjikji spent the summer of 2012 as a legal intern with the Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) in Peru. Based in Lima, she investigated the conflicts between mining companies and indigenous communities, especially in light of existing domestic and international law. Her study focuses on a specific community of Chavín in the Andean highlands, and that community’s relationship with local mining interests. Her study and recommendations reflect the potential role that AVSI might play in the community in light of the local needs and interests, existing national frameworks, and international law.
José Torres spent two months in Santiago, Chile, exploring the relationship between law, human development, entrepreneurship and poverty in that country. Hosted by the Santiago office of Un Techo Para Mi Pais, José investigated Chile’s overall approach to entrepreneurship, as well as the specific approach to entrepreneurship by and for the poor. His study describes the specific situation of female entrepreneurs from disadvantaged sectors of society, including legal and programmatic frameworks supporting or hindering their enterprises.
Read Mr. Torres’ case study “Law, Policy, & Poverty: Entrepreneurship in Chile by and for Urban Poor Females.” (PDF Version)
Alan Sears used Nairobi, Kenya, as the base for his summer internship looking into the relationship between law, human development, entrepreneurship and poverty, with a focus on the estate of Dandora. Dandora is plagued by a municipal dumpsite that devastates the community environment; it is home to the University of Notre Dame’s collaboration with Holy Cross Catholic Parish Dandora—the Dandora Law and Human Development Project. Alan was hosted by this project, and his report discusses the general situation of entrepreneurship and poverty as well as specific barriers—legal and otherwise— to youth in starting new businesses.
Read Mr. Sears’ case study “Barriers to Entry: Entrepreneurship Among the Youth in Dandora, Kenya.” (PDF Version)