On Sunday, July 15, the Educational Committee of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley will host a lecture on UCLA School of Law’s Promise Institute for Human Rights. The lecture will be presented by Assistant Director of the Promise Institute Jessica Peake, titled: “The Promise Institute One Year On: What have we done and where are we heading?” The lecture will begin at 1 p.m., at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy, at the Prelacy Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian Hall (6250 Honolulu Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214).
The Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law was established in April 2017 with a founding gift of $20 million. Dr. Eric Esrailian, a faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and producer of the film The Promise — a feature film about the Armenian Genocide released on April 21, 2017 — spearheaded the donation effort on behalf of the team at Survival Pictures.
Peake will present information about the mission of the institute, its current activities, and its projected programming for the near future. She will reflect on possible collaborative involvement between the Armenian community and the institute.
As well as serving as the Assistant Director of the Promise Institute, Peake is also the Director of the International and Comparative Law Program (ICLP) at UCLA. Since arriving at UCLA in January 2014, Peake has developed relationships with several human rights organizations creating internship, externship and pro bono opportunities for students. She has also assisted in the expansion of UCLA Law’s Foreign Legal Study and Exchange Program.
Peake has an LLB from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and two LLMs: one from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and the second from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently finishing her doctoral thesis on international criminal procedures at the University of Pennsylvania.
The event is free and open to the public.