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In Africa it is said that justice is open to all – and so is the Intercontinental Hotel. The hard reality is that most Africans do not know their legal rights and lack the means to obtain advice and representation. For example, in Uganda 90% of lawyers live in the capital Kampala, whilst 95% of the populace cannot afford to retain a private lawyer. Justice then becomes a luxury of the wealthy few. Hard won doctrines taken for granted by Australian lawyers such as the rule of law and judicial independence are still to be fought for. Injustice in the justice system is often the norm.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8 and 9)

In partnership with lawyers in the developing world CLEAR, Christian Lawyers for Justice, aims to provide human rights education and offer legal assistance to those suffering injustice… Want to be involved? PrayDoGoGive.

You can also find out about: CLEARThe Need (Stories)CLEAR VisionCLEAR Inspiration and contact CLEAR.

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Today the CLEAR Legal Mission team's activities consisted of meeting exceptional people whether on a football field; or at a community project; at a school; or an academy for abused boys or meeting the Lawyers and Law students who make up Lawyers of Hope and of course seeing rainbows over football fields.

The team also spoke to lawyers and law students this evening, followed by dinner. What a blessed evening and privilege to be an encouragement to the future careers of the students and to the lawyers, who do pro bono work for the Rwandan people and for the general commitment to justice. They are such an inspiration for their dedication to justice and mercy in the face of hardships and difficulties.

The true beauty of Rwanda is in its people. @ Kigali, Rwanda
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Today in the south of Rwanda the CLEAR legal mission team trained over 35 Pastors and church leaders in Succession law and Family law, so they could assist people in their congregations access justice as part of a joint partnership with Lawyers of Hope and World Vision. An incredible honour — ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2017 CLEAR Justice Mission is underway! Five legal missionaries will be travelling through Rwanda and Kenya teaching on human rights and the rule of law in prisons, villages and communities. As they go they will be studying what the bible has to say about principles of justice and applying this to the people and circumstances they encounter. The team comprises lawyers and law students from Australia and the United Kingdom. Like the CLEAR page to receive updates on their adventures and to cover them in prayer as they go! ... See MoreSee Less

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CLEAR member Victorian Christian Legal Society is co-hosting a breakfast with the Melbourne Catholic Lawyers Association on Tuesday 16 May 2017 at The Essoign Club at 7:45am.

The speaker for the breakfast will be Adelaide barrister Christopher Brohier speaking on the topic - Not Only in America: The Need to Protect Religious Freedom in Australia

Christopher commenced legal practice in 1982 and joined the bar in 1993. He is acting for a number of Christian men and women who are involved in litigation because of their conduct based on their Christian beliefs.

Christopher will discuss the work of the recently founded Human Rights Law Alliance, which is dedicated to preserving the fundamental freedoms of religion, conscience, speech and association. The Alliance funds and resources legal cases with strategic implications for freedom. It also conducts human rights law training programs for lawyers and law students.

COST
Members: $32.00
Non-Members: $35.00

RSVP: Please email secretary@clsvictoria.org confirming RSVP/payment by 3pm Friday 12 May 2017. You can RSVP first and then pay on the morning if it is more convenient.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who might be interested in attending.
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This coming Saturday morning Monash Christian Legal Society is hosting a round table discussion on the topic ‘Where is Jesus in the Law?’

Does Christianity and its values have any relevance in the legal world? To what extent has Christianity influenced lawmaking, and to what extent can it continue to do so? How can we hold fast to our values as Christians in the face of the challenges we will face as legal practitioners? Where is Jesus in the Law?

The session will be highly interactive, with open dialogue between attendees and legal professionals. There will be a time of networking with the panellists and other practitioners and
students at the end of the session.

Light refreshments will be provided. To help MCLS cater for the right amount of people, please indicate your attendance by "joining" this event at the following link
www.facebook.com/groups/monashcls/
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