ESCDROJ was created to help build a society
where the rule
of law can be enforced, where justice may flourish, and where peace
may be enjoyed. We envisioned our law school as a place for those
who want to become servants of law and justice, regardless of
religion, gender, social, economic or political backgrounds.
Since its inception, ESCDROJ has aimed to prepare and
build a new generation of lawyers and jurists. These lawyers are:
firstly, aware of the importance of law, the necessity of a functioning
legal system, and the primacy of the individual; and secondly,
willing to stay and work in Haiti despite the dire social and political
conditions. Moreover, the school wants to instill in its members the
strength to apply or to enforce the rule of law, the passion for justice
and the constant search for peace. Thus, “Semper aequitatem
quaerere” (Always seek equilibrium) was adopted as a corollary to our
motto, “Jus propter Justitiam.”
Another impetus for ESCDROJ's establishment was the belief
that without the rule of law, justice could not prevail. If law exists,
then people will seek justice through the legal system instead of
taking it upon themselves as individuals or falling into the ugly
revenge circle. Since 1999, ESCDROJ has provided lawyers,
students, and community members with an understanding of justice
that was previously absent. Some graduates have become
prosecutors, judges and lawyers. Others work as police officers and
public officials to protect citizens’ rights and to uphold the laws.
Still others work through the electoral commission to ensure
democracy. Most important, however, are teachers and professors
who educate future generations about their rights and
responsibilities as citizens under the law.
In the near future, ESCDROJ hopes to start a law clinic in order
to provide both clinical training for our students and assistance to
those in our community and who need representation. More...