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Being a Khulumani Summer Intern - Bailey Robbins

Bailey Robbins, a rising 2L at William & Mary Law School, was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, with a degree in Children’s Studies and a minor in Education. Through her involvement with local non-profit organizations addressing poverty and homelessness, Bailey developed a passion for human rights work.  

Bailey will spend the summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with the Khulumani Support Group. Khulumani is a membership-based organization of more than 100,000 victims and survivors of Apartheid-related gross human rights violations. Khulumani’s mission is to build an inclusive and just society in which the dignity of people harmed by Apartheid is restored through the process of transforming victims into victors. Bailey will be assisting Khulumani in addressing legal issues surrounding a nation-wide movement they have recently taken under their umbrella, called “Destitute Ex-Miners in South Africa.”

Learning from Latin America on Planning Universal Health Systems

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE or A UNIVERSAL HEALTH SYSTEM: Are there possibilities for choosing a "path less travelled" in South Africa?

A burning issue in South Africa remains our struggling public health system with some 20% of the population being covered by private medical insurance and around 80% of the population relying on the services of this often struggling public health system.

Plans for NHI (National Health Insurance) are at an advanced stage in the country. There is a 14-year roadmap for the institution of a system called her National Health Insurance. The question is whether this will provide universal access to quality health care that attends to all health care needs from a perspective of social justice and equity in access and in quality.

Perspectives from the South on Transitional Justice: Bailey Robbins reflects on the Global Campus on Human Rights, held for LLM global students at the University of Pretoria

       "People come to 'save Africa' and 'teach Africa' about transitional justice. As if we don't know how to think. Why can't we conceptualize transitional justice for ourselves?" As I sat in the University of Pretoria Law Building and listened to Tshepo Madlingozi speak, I knew his words would shape the way I think about international law throughout the rest of my career. Tshepo is the Chairperson of Khulumani, an attorney, and a professor at the University. When he invited me to the 2-day Global Campus of Human Rights conference, I was excited to attend. The conference was led by Tshepo and a professor from London. I spent the following 2 days listening to many different philosophies, problems, and potential solutions surrounding transitional justice in post-conflict countries. What I walked away from the conference believing is this: there is more than one way to be in the world. 

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