Come visit the Namibia exhibit! The law school’s International and Comparative Law Clinic just returned from its third year in Namibia and brought back a lot to share with the law school community. Come see indigenous artwork including jewelry, textile crafts, leatherwork, masks, and baskets that are typically woven by women and are part of a strong crafts tradition of the northern Namibian peoples – Caprivi, Himba, Herero, Kavango, and Ovambo. Also on display is modern art, including beaded animals, sculptures and a metal mask made by a freelance artist, Morris Sibanse, who uses salvaged scrap metal (usually old car parts and building debris) to realize his modern vision of the traditional ancestors’ mask.
The largest of these cooperatives with which the Namibia Clinic has been working involves more than 600 women who together support more than 5000 people in their communities. The Namibia Clinic has been working with the cooperative and the Ministry of Trade and Chamber of Commerce to ensure that these talented crafters can gain full access to the world market through the use of supportive regional and international treaty programs intended to stimulate growth in Southern African economies. Also on display, you will find some of the Clinic’s reports and work, including the Access to Justice Paralegal Manual, an innovative manual for human rights educators (“paralegals”) that was published in April and disseminated to volunteer paralegals throughout the country.
The exhibit will be located in the library Reading Room and viewable during the graduation receptions: Thursday, May 17th from 5 – 6 p.m. and Friday, May 18th from 11 – 1pm