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Using the Law to Fight Structural injustice in Haiti.

Description: Brian Concannon, the founder and director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, spoke at the Columbus School of Law on Feb. 10 about how the failure of a vibrant, accessible and reliable system of justice in Haiti has exacerbated problems caused by that nation’s devastating earthquake in January, 2010. Concannon argued that proper advance preparation for a seismic event, including adequate food, water, and well-constructed dwellings should not be a matter of luck or chance. Rather, they should be considered human rights. He called upon the Haitian people to refrain from approaching the government for help as supplicants, but rather to reframe certain issues as inalienable human rights.