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Sunday, July 19, 2009

The World, Music and Global Justice Lawyering

Arts, entertainment and music have always been my passion. Through my passion, I’ve found my voice. A voice to sing, a voice to speak but more importantly a voice for those that have no voice, and a voice for those that aren’t heard. As I am a youth ambassador I attend several conferences dedicated to bringing aid and spreading awareness about global justice issues throughout the world.

Recently I was invited to attend a conference about 'Global Justice Lawyering' hosted by Stanford Law School. The conference was both riveting and inspiring. It was moving being among academicians of various disciplines (law, medicine, business and psychology) exploring the themes of Global Social Justice; hard truth was countered with possible solutions. This awakened a new interest as I saw a direct correlation between music and 'Global Justice Lawyering'.

As a musician I strive to shed light on truth through music, spread awareness and speak out through my craft. A Global Justice Lawyer travels the world, finds evidence and exposes the truth so that its voice may be heard. I begin to think, that if this is truly the case, no matter what scale it's on, almost any passion can be used to make a change. I wonder what would happen if this ideal were to be further instilled throughout the world.

The themes were fodder for thought, some of them were:
  • What it is like interacting with the international criminal justice and working with international criminal tribunals.
  • Panelists discussed their involvement with torture-related projects from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • The intersection of international human rights law and environmental justice.
  • The application of economic and social human rights issues to domestic issues, a cutting-edge area of law in the United States.

    I am grateful to have met directly with many people involved in these areas in South Africa; especially since the end of Apartheid, these topics are of extreme importance. There are so many questions left unanswered and many people working collectively to find them. One thing which remains clear to me is that global problems such as these can never be solved alone or in a vacuum but require a multi disciplinary approach on an international platform.

    As Andrew Carnegie once said:

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."