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November 29, 2012
In Observance of International Human Rights Day
How Human Rights Can Save Haiti... And Other Developing Countries Too

Speaker: Professor Fran Quigley, '87
Time: Lecture: 4:30 pm and Reception: 5:30 pm
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Perfecto Boyet Caparas at


Professor Fran Quigley with survivors of Haiti's earthquakeIn 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 will be speaking about it on November 29th.

Photo: Professor Fran Quigley (far right) with survivors of the earthquake in Haiti


Sponsored by Joint Center for Asian Law Studies, IUPUI International Partnerships,   IUPUI Office of International Affairs, Indiana University Alumni for International Human Rights Law

Co-Sponsored by the following law student organizations: Asian Law Students Association;  Black Law Students Association (BLSA); Equal Justice Works; International Human Rights Law Society; International Law Society; and  Master of Laws Association


Parking is available for a nominal fee at the campus Gateway Garage, located near the corner of Michigan and California Streets (Address is 525 Blackford Street). Parking is also available for a nominal fee at the Sports Complex (Natatorium) Garage, two blocks west of the law school, at 875 West New York Street.