TPIC’s Emily Sutcliffe trains human rights attorneys and activists in Malaysia

Emily Sutcliffe trained human rights attorneys and activists in Malaysia as part of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative.

As part of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, in partnership with the Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights, Penn Law’s Emily Sutcliffe traveled to Malaysia to conduct a week-long training for human rights attorneys and activists.

Sutcliffe is the Director of Student Public Service Initiatives and Associate Director of the Toll Public Interest Center, where she oversees Penn Law’s 27 pro bono projects, supervises and trains student project leaders, and works closely with TPIC’s community partners. She holds an MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the School of Social Policy & Practice and an MSEd from the Graduate School of Education, and she is near completion of her PhD in Cultural Anthropology.

She previously designed and delivered training workshops for the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative in Zambia and Burkina Faso.

“My time in Malaysia was deeply rewarding — it allowed me to draw directly from the work I do at Penn Law and my academic training to maximize participant experience and overall impact.”

The training in Malaysia centered on preparing future trainers to conduct strategic litigation trainings focused on matters of religious freedom. The sessions encouraged participants to explore issues of power, hegemony, and biases, and involved doctrinal discourses on adult learning theory, as well as theater-based improv activities.

Participants were Malaysians of various Indian, Malay, and Chinese backgrounds. The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights will become one of TPIC’s new pro bono partners, working within the Global Practice Area.

The Toll Public Interest Center is the hub of public service at Penn Law. TPIC oversees Penn Law’s pro bono program, which harnesses the resources, talent, and expertise of Penn Law to deliver high-impact public service to local, national, and global communities.

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