Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Offered each winter, this two-week excursion through Southeast Asia allows you to study international law and economic development in a time of government evolution. As a Trinity student, you have the unique opportunity to analyze and discuss current issues in human trafficking while learning the history of human trafficking, how human trafficking is combatted in the modern world, and the role that economic development plays in the fight against human trafficking.


Course Details: Three units of elective credit will be granted for successful completion of LA543b: Open Development in Cambodia – Human Trafficking and Economic Development.

The program begins in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. There, you’ll experience some of the darkest parts of Cambodia’s turbulent history by visiting the S-21 Prison and the Killing Fields, where more than 14,000 Cambodians were executed under Pol Pot’s regime in 1976. By the end of 1979, more than 2 million people lost their lives in the Cambodian Genocide. Leaders of the Khmer Rouge are still being tried for their war crimes in the Extraordinary Chamber of the Cambodian Court, and your trip will include the opportunity to watch a tribunal in progress. You will also meet with the churches and non-profit organizations that are working to improve life in Cambodia through human trafficking prevention and care for trafficking victims.

After experiencing Phnom Penh, you will travel 6 hours north to the busy city of Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the ruins of Angkor Wat before heading home to the United States.

Professor Jeff Erskine
J.D., Western State College of Law
M.A., University of Canberra
B.A., University of New York, Prague

Professor Craig Hawkins
M.A., Simon Greenleaf University
M.A., Trinity Graduate School
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
B.A., University of California, Irvine

The cost for each student is $3,150 (double occupancy) or $3,450 (single occupancy) which includes three semester hours from Trinity Law School, hotel, and daily breakfast. Airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students should budget $15/day for meals.

Financial aid can be utilized for this program. For more information, please contact Jennifer Tracy at or 714-796-7121.


Contact Professor Jeff Erskine at

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