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5 Asian J. Legal Educ. 1 (2018)

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Article


                                                                        Asian journal of Legal Education
                      Valu  ofSerice  ear ing5(1) 1-20
                                                                      @ 2017 The West Bengal National
                                                                         University of juridical Sciences
                                                                                  SAGE Publications
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                                                                       DOI: 10.1177/2322005817730152
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Christina Gillis'                                                                     $SAGE
David Tushaus'


Abstract
This article outlines the importance of international clinical service learning in the area of legal
education. The article describes two mobile legal clinic projects in Nepal that are part of an international
collaboration between  Forum  for Nation Building (FNB), a non-governmental  organization (NGO)
based in Nepal, a university professor hailing from the United States, law students and professionals.
Law  students and professionals were recruited to be clinic volunteers and trained to form mobile legal
aid clinics.
   Both projects began as a collaborative effort between a Nepal-based NGO and a professor from the
United States seeking to obtain funding to serve distressed populations in Nepal. Since earthquakes and
other natural disasters cause an immediate harm and threat of harm to residents of the area, the initial
response  is to provide food, clothing and shelter to the most vulnerable sections. However, once the
initial shock is over and basic needs are met, many persons including survivors of domestic violence
among  these displaced populations will have legal problems which will need to be addressed.
   Although stationary clinics are important in providing services to such communities, they may be
inaccessible or otherwise unknown to those in greatest need who do not possess the means to travel
even  a modest  distance to reach them. This article will discuss how mobile clinics can be used to
provide legal aid on various issues including domestic violence to survivors of natural disasters with
specific reference to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in 2015.



Introduction

The Universal Declaration of Human  Rights enacted by the United Nations in its Preamble recognizes
that 'the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom,
justice, and peace in the world'.' There is a duty and responsibility on members of the legal profession
to work  towards ensuring that the rule of law is accessible to all. This is necessary for laying the


Alumna, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA.
2 Professor, Criminal justice, Legal Studies and Social Work, Missouri Western State University, Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA.
3Universal Declaration of Human Rights, GARes. 217 (III) A, UN Doc.A/RES/217(III) (Dec. 10, 1948).


Corresponding  author:
David Tushaus, Professor, Criminal justice, Legal Studies and Social Work, Missouri Western State University,
Wilson 204, 4525 Downs Drive, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507, USA.
E-mail: tushaus@missouriwestern.edu

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