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Professor Warren Binford wins Fulbright Scholar award to study children’s issues in Africa

Prof. Warren Binford, director of the Clinical Law program, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar and will be leaving for South Africa in July. She will teach at the University of the Western Cape and conduct research related to international children’s rights.

Binford said she wants to better understand the lives of African children who face challenges such as war, poverty, hunger and racial discrimination so she can highlight laws that can be used to help them.

“This is a very humbling opportunity. I have always felt compelled to use the education and resources I have been given to work to advance the rights of others in the hope that they, too, will have similar educational, economic, social, and political opportunities,” Binford said. “Of all the populations in the world, I can envision no population more disadvantaged than Africa's children.”

During her semester-long leave from the law school, Binford plans to work on her book on international children’s rights. She also will co-teach a course, “Children’s Rights in the African Context.” Binford plans to travel to orphanages, refugee camps and rehabilitation centers for child soldiers throughout Africa. She will work with the university’s Children’s Rights Centre and Legal Clinic and collaborate with some of Africa’s leading experts on children’s rights. She also will be providing training to African judges on international children’s rights.

Binford’s Fulbright colleagues at the College of Law include James Nafziger, Susan Smith and Michael Wise. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides highly competitive awards for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and elementary and secondary school instruction.