I am a professor at Bethel University (Minnesota) in the Department of Business & Economics. Prior to joining the Bethel faculty, I was the Director of the Global Justice Program and Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law.
I am a lawyer–I like to think the good kind of lawyer–and I received my law degree and MBA from Pepperdine. Beyond academia, I keep a foot in the corporate world as General Counsel and Manager of Strategic Innovation for Bedford Industries.
I write about three topics: Global Justice, Adventure, and Creativity. For me, these topics often become one as as the pursuit of justice becomes and adventure, and the story is told through creative expression.
For the last few years, I’ve been exploring the furthest edges of life and faith, and dedicated this blog to that journey of self-discovery, wonderment, and joy. Its about uncovering the things that make us come alive.
Thanks for joining me as we “go and do” together.
- What is Global Justice?
- Jail for Kids in Africa: A Photo Essay
- Joy in the Darkness: Hallelujah Chorus from Mae La Refugee Camp
- A Guide to Air Travel Secrets and Beating the System (Part 1 of 2)
- Trekking the Inca Trail
- Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?
- Tired of Buying Useless Souvenirs? How I Started Collecting Art.
- Remand: Jail for Kids in Africa (film)
- The Best Thing I Learned in Law School: How to Be Miserable
Jay Milbrandt is an attorney and serves as the Director of the Global Justice Program and Interim Associate Director of the Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is the author of the book, Go and Do: Daring to Change the World One Story at a Time.
Jay travels regularly throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America as a human rights lawyer. He manages global initiatives in Africa and South East Asia for the Global Justice Program, and consults with various organizations engaged in human rights and legal development efforts. He is also General Counsel to Bedford Industries, Inc., and serves on the board of various organizations.
Jay is also the author of the book, A Twist of Innovation, and numerous articles on legal and global topics. His works have been published in legal journals, text books, and magazines, including the Journal for Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law, The Global Text Project, National Jurist, and Windsurfing Magazine. He edited the book, Freely I Received: Stories of Seeking Justice Through the Global Justice Program. Jay has spoken at film screenings, university events, churches, live video and radio broadcasts, as well as in refugee camps in Thailand and Uganda.
As a filmmaker, Jay produced a documentary on microfinance in Bangladesh, Moving the Mountain of Poverty, which toured 16 countries and 18 venues on the International Social Action Film Festival. A recent film, Stateless: Born Without a Nation, focuses on the issue of “stateless” hill tribe children along the Thai-Burma border.
Jay founded Rokami, Inc., a nonprofit to fund education and legal identification for children in Thailand. Jay leads groups of students to Thailand twice a year to continue deepening relationships with the children and learn more about Thailand’s international legal framework.
Jay received his JD/MBA from the School of Law and the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University. He received his B.A. in International Business and Philosophy from Bethel University in Minnesota.
You may view my latest CV (updated August 2012).
Recent Scholarly Publications
- Livingstone and the Law: How Africa’s Greatest Explorer Abolished the Slave Trade (Forthcoming)
- Access Denied: Does Withholding the Law Violate Human Rights? (Forthcoming Regent Journal of International Law, 2012)
- Tracking Genocide: Persecution of the Karen in Burma (Forthcoming, Texas International Law Journal 2012)
- Stateless (Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2011)
Contact and Speaking Requests
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