Established in the spring of 2004 as the Marquette Institute for Transnational Justice and renamed in December 2007, the Center for Transnational Justice seeks to facilitate greater understanding of the challenges and paths to achieving transnational justice. Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with a global reach, committed to intellectual inquiry incorporating diverse faith-based and secular traditions to gain insights into how best to serve others. The Center for Transnational Justice builds on this tradition by organizing scholarly conferences and speaker series, and providing seed money and multidisciplinary networking opportunities for faculty and student research. The institute also works with departments and other institutes and centers at the university to facilitate course development.
What began as a single student internship in 1984 has developed into a permanent Marquette University presence in Washington, D.C. The Aspin Center is now a nationally recognized educational program making real contributions to our nation's political process.
The Les Aspin Center's mission is to prepare young people to serve the public effectively and ethically and to provide opportunities to enhance public policy awareness through educational programs. In terms of international arena, the Center also promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international exchanges.