Monday, June 27, 2011

Fellowship at the Urban Justice Center's Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

The Urban Justice Center's Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project ("IRAP")  is looking to sponsor a law student for public interest fellowships for the year 2012-2013. Fellows will be based in New York City, with the opportunity to travel to the Middle East to do on the ground legal work and fact-finding.

IRAP conducts legal advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees who were displaced as a result of the Iraq War and its aftermath. IRAP is primarily student-driven: it was founded at Yale Law School in September of 2008, and now has chapters at nine U.S.-based law schools as well as the University of Jordan Law School in Amman. IRAP teams law students with pro bono supervising attorneys to provide direct legal representation to Iraqi refugees in the Middle East who are in immediate danger, and seeking safe passage to the United States or another resettlement country. Individual legal representation of refugees is a near area of law that IRAP is working to create through its legal work, relying on a combination of immigration law, refugee law, international law and administrative law to address this cutting-edge legal issue.

IRAP's clientele include Iraqi refugees most in need of urgent assistance, including women who are victims of trafficking, children with medical emergencies, interpreters who worked with the United States military and survivors of torture. In addition to legal representation, IRAP advocates with the Departments of State and Homeland Security to improve refugee processing procedures, as well as with members of Congress.

The primary duties of the legal fellow will include supervising individual cases, developing and conducting trainings for students and attorneys, facilitating advocacy amongst relevant stakeholders, developing academic content for IRAP's clinical program at the University of Jordan as well as emerging clinical programs in the United States, and coordinating fact-finding research in the U.S. and the Middle East surrounding particularly vulnerable populations of refugees. Additionally, the legal fellow will assist with legal research, and ongoing litigation efforts, to further develop a system of individual representation in the area of refugee law.

IRAP is seeking an enthusiastic law student or recent graduate with strong legal research and writing skills. The ideal candidate is innovative and interested in creative approaches to the urgent legal and humanitarian needs of refugees in the Middle East and elsewhere, as well as able to adapt to different cultural and psychological needs of clients and NGO partners.

For more information about IRAP, please visit

Those interested should send a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to

Due to the anticipated volume of applications, we regret that we may not be able to respond to every submission individually.

Internship at the European Roma Rights Centre

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its full-time internship programme. The ERRC offers interns a dynamic, fast-paced, international human rights environment, based in Budapest, Hungary. Romani and non-Romani interns are chosen for this programme through a competitive bi-annual selection process. In line with its Equal Opportunity Policy, ERRC offers a limited number of stipends for full-time internships to Romani individuals. The ERRC is currently accepting applications from persons wishing to intern at the ERRC for 3-6 months between September 2011 and February 2012.

All interns will receive professional guidance and be directly supervised by the Human Rights Trainer. Interns will also work together with the other ERRC programmes, including research and advocacy, legal, media and communications, as well as finance, operations and executive management. Activities and tasks of interns shall include both theoretical learning and practical skills development components, including but not limited to:
- Researching Roma rights related topics;
- Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.;
- Drafting reports on human rights abuse or legal documents;
- Detailed monitoring of news and information on Roma rights;
- Conducting legal research and assisting in preparing cases for strategic litigation in domestic courts and international tribunals;
- Attending meetings and events related to the mission of ERRC and producing briefing documents;
- Engaging in advocacy efforts and supporting human rights training courses;
- Assisting in ERRC activities and projects, including logistically/administratively;
- Updating and developing materials for the ERRC website;
- Helping maintain ERRC information databases;
- Editing and translating texts;
- Other tasks to be determined together with the Human Rights Trainer and the project-related supervisor.

Applicants should have:
- Extensive experience living and working in Romani communities;
- Good command of English, both written and spoken, is essential. Preference will be give to applicants who are able to work in the following languages: Romani, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian;
- At minimum, completed secondary education; university level studies preferred;
- The ability to working a diverse, multicultural environment in a proper, timely fashion with supervision;
- Good organisational and communication skills, commitment and enthusiasm;
- Flexibility and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
- A proven track of activism in the Romani movement or human rights movement;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office; and
- Be a minimum of 20 years of age.
The ERRC encourages applications representing all segments of society (women, LGBT, disabled people, etc).

Romani individuals are strongly encouraged to apply for an internship stipend. For stipend recipients, the programme includes an in-country follow-up component. The ERRC and selected interns will work together to implement jointly community-based human rights initiatives (small research, advocacy or other related projects) in a Romani community as follow up to the time spent at the ERRC office. This component is optional but applicants expressing interest in the follow-up will be given priority in the programme.

The ERRC can provide relevant letters of support for prospective interns seeking to secure outside funding for the internship. Students may be able to arrange academic credit for their internship and should check with their academic institutions for requirements.

All interns are responsible for their own travel, subsistence and insurance arrangements; the ERRC can provide advice as necessary.

Interested persons should submit all of the following materials to be considered for placement:
- A fully completed application form, available at:
- A brief, unedited writing sample, preferably human rights’ focused (maximum 2 A4 pages).

Only complete application packages will be considered; please submit both documents together. No telephone or email inquiries. Completed application packages should be submitted to Ms Dora Eke:
Subject heading: ERRC Intern Search
Fax: + 36.1.413.2201

The deadline for applications is 1 July at midnight CET time Applications received after this date will not be considered. Only short-listed applicants will be notified. If you have not been contacted within five weeks of the deadline, consider that your application was not successful in this round. A new call for internships will be issued in October 2011; please check our website regularly.

The ERRC is an equal opportunity organisation and does not discriminate on any ground. Romani candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Program Associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is an international non-profit organization specializing in the field of transitional justice. ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights.

ICTJ seeks a Program Associate to provide administrative, technical and substantive support to the Deputy Director of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in developing and implementing ICTJ’s activities in Tunisia.

1.Work with MENA Program staff in the development, design, coordination and implementation of ICTJ’s work, activities and projects in Tunisia.
2.Coordinate activities in Tunisia with ICTJ’s staff and partners on truth-seeking, criminal justice, reparations, gender, vetting, institutional reform, and other transitional justice-related issues.
3.Organize logistic aspects of ICTJ’s work and draft written reports summarizing work conducted and potential avenues for follow-ups and future programming.
4.Facilitate communication between local and international experts involved in ICTJ’s work including partners, government officials, Embassies, Donors, civil society groups, local human right groups, and other international organizations.
5.Perform research and writing tasks (assess, analyze, and compile data, comparative information, legal research, etc.); prepare draft memos; assist on country papers and other written work for publications, reports, and internal documents; track country news and developments on Tunisia transitional justice possibilities.
6.Interview and work with key stakeholders, researchers, and experts in organizing research missions, and potential transitional justice processes.
7.Inform ICTJ and monitor key political and human rights-related developments pertinent to transitional justice opportunities.
8.Maintain and develop ICTJ’s network of contacts and explore new program directions in Tunisia.
9.Partake and assist in ICTJ’s involvement in other countries in the Maghreb and other MENA contexts, and contribute to crafting ICTJ response strategies to further transitional justice work therin.
10.Work with regional and thematic staff in the development and implementation of proposals and work plans including regional gender activities.
11.Perform other duties as necessary and as requested.

Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law, or relevant field. Masters degree highly desirable.

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years relevant work experience, preferably in human rights, international law, and field based transitional justice activities, or a related field.

Related Skills or Knowledge:
1.Knowledge of international law, transitional justice practices and issues, particularly in Tunisia.
2.Experience working with civil society groups, international organizations and other partners and track record of developing relationships.
3.Must have strong research and analytical skills as well as the ability to solve problems and exercise good judgment.
4.Proven track record of project management.
5.Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English are required
6.Excellent oral and written communication skills in French are highly desirable.
7.Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively under pressure.
8.Proficient with the use of computers, including MS Office Applications.

Ability to travel nationally and internationally.

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Please include the job title “Program Associate, Tunisia” in the subject line of the email. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. This vacancy announcement is open until filled. Please, no telephone calls/faxes.
The ICTJ is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

ORGANIZATION: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and OneJustice seek an Equal
Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow (“AmeriCorps Legal Fellow”) to be housed at APALC in the Los Angeles office. OneJustice will provide support and administer the Fellowship, and APALC will directly
supervise the AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. APALC, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, was established in 1983 with broad-based support and has become the leading organization in the
region dedicated to providing the diverse Asian Pacific American community with civil rights advocacy and multilingual, culturally-sensitive legal services, and education. OneJustice believes that justice is a right
for all. Every day we work with lawyers and law students to empower California's most vulnerable people--people who need legal help just to gain their most basic civil rights and to meet essential human needs. These are rights and needs most of us take for granted, like food, housing, health care, and education. If these are denied, many of us can fight for them ourselves, but low-income people often need legal help to obtain these basic life necessities. OneJustice makes sure the help is there when it's needed. Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin between August 1 and September 15, 2011 for one year (with a possible renewal for one more year).

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will be responsible for coordinating and providing assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities on housing foreclosure and eviction defense issues, including civil legal counseling, document preparation, court representation,
administrative representation, and community education. The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will also be responsible for recruiting and managing interns and volunteers for APALC, and serving as a liaison with law schools.

The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow housed at APALC will:
· Handle caseload, counsel and advise homeowners on their legal rights, prepare relevant forms and other documents, and conduct legal research and writing.
o Including, but not limited to: Direct assistance to individual homeowners applying for loan
modifications, and direct assistance to individual victims of scams.
· Develop informational materials on housing foreclosure issues.
· Handle caseload, counsel and advise tenants on their statutory rights.
- Including, but not limited to: Preparation of court pleadings related to Unlawful Detainer
actions, and court representation of defendants in Unlawful Detainer actions.
· Coordinate and conduct community education and outreach.
- Including, but not limited to: Coordinating and participating in community presentations,
workshops, clinics, and outreach events as well as media interviews or events.
· Coordinate and foster partnerships with community based organizations as a means to provide our services to expanded geographic areas.
· Manage APALC’s intern/volunteer program, by recruiting and managing interns and volunteers in coordination with APALC’s programs.
· Assume relevant general administrative responsibilities, including case management and contract compliance.

· Active membership in California State Bar;
· Familiarity with, and interest in, working in immigrant communities;
· Commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients;
· Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
· Prior experience handling independent projects, particularly in legal services or in the nonprofit sector;
· Prior experience working with interns/volunteers;
· Valid driver's license, liability insurance, and access to an automobile;
· Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese) language strongly preferred, or other Asian language.

The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow’s compensation is $37,200, which includes:
A living allowance of $24,200; and
$13,000 housing allowance.
Other Benefits
Full medical benefits;
$5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service;
Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment for qualified student loans upon successful completion of service;
Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable; and California State Bar dues, if any.

APPLICATION: Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: Anthony Roh, Asian Pacific
American Legal Center, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Fax: (213) 977-7595.
No phone calls please.

International Legal Human Rights Internship at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is a leading non-government, independent, non-government organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

We rely on the support of motivated and enthusiastic interns who are interested in the human rights issues that CCHR tackles, and who are keen to gain valuable experience working in this area.

The CCHR's international internship is truly international. We have had interns from 20 countries come and work with us in Cambodia including interns from: Australia, Botswana, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, the UK and the USA.

Legal Internships
The CCHR's international internship is available to those with knowledge of international human rights law and mechanisms who are:
Undergraduates who have completed at least 2 years of an undergraduate degree in law, human rights or development studies; or
Post graduates who have completed undergraduate degrees in law, human rights or development studies (strongly encouraged to apply).

Basic Information
Internships take place/located in Phnom Penh. Internship roles are unpaid. The CCHR is unfortunately not able to cover or contribute to any costs associated with travel arrangements, visas, accommodation etc.
The internship start date is 3 October until 30 December 2011.

For further information please see,

Thursday, June 23, 2011

General Electric's International Law Fellowship Program

GE Corporate
Corporate Legal
GE is Imagination at Work - a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. With products and services ranging from aircraft engines, power generation, water processing and security technology to medical imaging, business and consumer financing, media content and industrial products, we serve customers in more than 100 countries and employ more than 300,000 people worldwide.
GE International Law Fellowship Program
Administration and Support
United States
District of Columbia
General Electric’s International Law & Policy group is seeking qualified candidates for its R. Michael Gadbaw Fellowship program. IL&P overseas GE’s engagement on international law and public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets. Our Fellows are involved in every aspect of our operations.
The Fellowship is a year-long, full time program in GE’s Washington, DC office. We are seeking candidates with a variety of backgrounds including law, business, economics, and international affairs.

- Research current global issues in international trade law and policy, climate change, energy production, rule of law, R&D, etc.
- Attend briefings and meetings relevant to GE.
- Write memoranda and conduct legal research and analysis; create and edit presentation and briefing materials for the law and policy team.
- Assist GE trade experts and lawyers on various ongoing initiatives related to international law, trade, and policy matters.
- Assist office administrative functions.
- Minimum Law degree
- One year, full time (40 hours/week) commitment.
- Strong academic and professional credentials.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Strong communication skills, written and verbal
- Demonstrated initiative
GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
- Self-starter and strong work ethic.

Preferred candidates also will possess international experience, foreign language skills, an interest in international law and familiarity with GE’s worldwide operations.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Program Manager at ABA Rule of Law Initiative

The Program Manager (PM) manages DC program support staff to ensure provision of the full range of support to field programs; and/or serves as primary manager of one or more specialized or country programs that do not have a primary field-based manager or where primary donor relations take place in the US; and/or serves as US-based manager with primary direction and supervisory authority over a field-based manager; responsible for program and business development including writing grant proposals and making new donor contacts; makes field-based visits to assess programs and manage funder relations.

The ideal candidate should have management and/or supervisory experience, preferably in an association or non-profit setting to include analytical problem solving ability, and programmatic and policy development; some research and writing skills, substantive budgeting experience; meeting planning experience a must; fundraising experience is preferred. The applicant must also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and resourcefulness. Knowledge of Asia is not required but is preferred. Additionally, applicants should have experience working or living abroad. A law degree is required.

Travel - 5-6 trips or more per year required.

Application: please visit to apply. All applicants for regular full-time employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Attorney Position at the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition), a non-profit legal services organization, has an immediate opening for an attorney to staff its Legal Orientation Program (LOP). 

CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and immigrants from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland working to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights. We also serve as the primary source of legal assistance for detained immigrant adults and children in the Washington metropolitan area
Job duties and responsibilities:
  • Lead jail visits to meet with immigrant detainees in remote county jails in Virginia
  • Provide group legal orientations and workshops
  • Supervise paralegals and volunteers conducting individual consultations and assist with individual consultations as needed
  • Provide any follow-up after the completion of an individual orientation that may be necessary to determine a detainee’s eligibility for relief such as further legal research, securing criminal records or obtaining additional information from family members.
  • Make referrals to pro bono counsel for indigent detainees eligible for relief.
  • Mentor and support pro bono counsel.
  • Manage LOP reporting requirements.
  • May represent a small number of detained immigrants who appear eligible for relief before the Immigration Court.
  • Actively engage in CAIR Coalition’s training and advocacy efforts as needed
  • Must have strong organization and time management skills.
  • Knowledge of immigration issues, particularly as they pertain to the detention setting, desired.
  • Spanish fluency and valid driver’s license required.
  • Must be willing to spend one night a month in Portsmouth, VA or Farmville, VA as part of a two day jail visit
Interested applicants should send a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, and references to: Liz McGrail, Legal Director,

Program Officer at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego

Program Officer
University of San Diego
Department: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Job IRC#3589

Job Description:
The Program Officer (PO) for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) is a professional member of the IPJ programs team and contributes to the long and short-term planning of IPJ programs. The PO for WorldLink will focus on maintaining and advancing this special program for high school age youth from the United States and Mexico as well as connecting these youth to those beyond North America. The PO may work in one or more Institute areas to assist and implement ongoing programs as well. The PO will be knowledgeable in the fields of conflict resolution, human rights, peacebuilding or international affairs and will be able to help design and manage programs, draft and edit publications and grants for the IPJ. The PO supports the educational, research, and outreach activities of the IPJ.The PO works under the supervision of the Deputy Director or in the DD’s absence under the Executive Director. The PO is expected to be able to work with minimal supervision and possess excellent judgment and trouble-shooting skills.The PO for WorldLink may supervise graduate, undergraduate and high school student interns, federal work-study students, and volunteers.

An integral member of the staff, the PO is involved in decision-making regarding the programs and projects of the IPJ and implements IPJ activities. The PO creates, develops, and implements programs in conjunction with his/her supervisor. S/he serves as liaison to external and internal constituencies, preparing papers and talks on behalf of the Institute. The PO may write grant proposals, conference reports, and other documents on behalf of the IPJ. The program officer will represent the Institute at local, national, and international conferences and meetings and will participate in international conflict resolution, human rights and peacebuilding activities.

1. Administration
The PO will manage specified programs that may include keeping track of expenditures and revenue, creating budgets for proposals, implementing training programs for interns and/or volunteers, organizing events, organizing and maintaining files. The PO is responsible for implementing projects and ensuring timely and clear communication among the staff, USD and external constituents.

2. Education Outreach & Program Coordination
The PO will participate in the decision-making at the Institute with respect to the WorldLink Program. The PO for the WorldLink Program will be expected to advance knowledge of international issues surrounding human rights, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and other related global issues among its constituents. S/he will contribute substantively to the design of WorldLink projects and to their implementation. S/he will prepare and train participating teachers, students and volunteers. The PO takes custody of the creative development and success of all WorldLink projects including production of materials and events such as the annual Youth Town Meetings, which includes the marketing, advertising, coordination and facilitation of such events. S/he will further connect the WorldLink Program with local and international programs to expand USD/IPJ outreach and maintaining records for all such contacts.

3. Fundraising and Budgetary Monitoring
The PO will monitor grant opportunities and engage in the writing of appropriate grants for the funding of WorldLink and related programs. The PO will also cultivate past, present and potential donors. S/he will maintain an accurate record of all donations and expenses related to the program.

4. Writing and Public Speaking
The PO will write reports and other documents on WL as determined by the Executive Director or his/her designee. The PO is expected to be able to conduct the necessary research to complete these documents. The PO is expected to write talks and give presentations appropriate to the audience s/he is addressing that reflect accurately and positively the mission of the IPJ and the University of San Diego and WorldLink.

5. Liaison with USD and external organizations
The PO will work with USD offices and departments to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of IPJ programs. The PO will cultivate relationships on campus to increase the IPJ’s outreach to the USD community and may present talks in classes, meet with faculty, staff, middle/high school teachers and students to promote awareness of and participation in IPJ programs. This representation may include attending meetings at the UN, at the State Department, at meetings at other universities, high schools, NGOs, and research institutes.

6. Oversight of Web Development and Social Media Communications for WorldLink
The PO will work with the KSPS Web Developer for maintenance of the IPJ website as related to WorldLink. S/he will represent the needs of the IPJ staff and implement appropriate changes in a timely manner. The PO will also utilize social media communications tools to expand WL contact with other youth initiatives internationally.

7. Oversight of Conferences and related WL events
The PO will provide key oversight for the IPJ Conference Coordinator and Events Assistant in the coordination and implementation of special conferences, most notably the annual Youth Town Meeting in January on the USD campus involving 30 area schools and more than 700 students, but also including various WL fora as determined necessary during the course of the year. Responsibilities include the some logistical support, supervision of student worker projects and serving as a point of contact for the international NGOs, INGOs, and the U.S. State Department regarding the conferences.

• Masters degree or equivalent
• 3 years or more full-time work experience in conflict resolution, human rights, international relations, youth leadership or related area
• Excellent writing skills
• Good problem-solving skills and need to possess excellent judgment
• Ability to resolve issues independently and with minimal supervision
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
• Excellent interpersonal skills, able to relate well to the public, high level diplomats, community leaders, and people whose first language is not English
• Excellent computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office software (word processing, spreadsheets, database) and the internet
• Ability to work as part of a team

• Conflict resolution and/or human rights methodology and processes
• Work experiences in the developing world
• Fluency in Spanish
• Excellent research skills
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Good sense of humor

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.   

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.

Hours per week: 37.5
Closing date: July 7, 2011.

To apply:

International Advocacy Internship at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Geneva Office

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies is now welcoming internship applications for the fall 2011 International Advocacy internship at its Geneva office. The duration of the internship is 3 months.

Responsibilities may include:
• Supporting program staff through legal and factual research on initiatives concerning human rights abuses in Arab nations, including issues of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, violation of freedom of expression, and regional minority issues;
• Research, analysis and drafting of UN submissions on matters concerning relevant human rights abuses;
• Editing, proof-reading and cite-checking legal submissions, press releases, briefing materials and publications;
• Observing, documenting and monitoring proceedings of UN mechanisms;
• Meeting with UN, state and media personnel in order to gather information and to lobby them about pertinent human rights issues;
• Supporting program staff through the provision of logistical tasks as needed;
• Accompanying staff to meetings with human rights professionals from partner organizations.
Application and Selection
Applicants will preferably have completed a Bachelors degree. However, CIHRS will consider applicants currently completing their Bachelors degree if they have a strong background in relevant areas. Preference will be given to those with an advanced knowledge of the politics and human rights in the Arab region, and who have practical or academic background in International Law, International Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Politics of the Middle East, Human Rights in the United Nations, or Constitutional Law. Candidates must be fluent in English. Language competency in Arabic or French is preferred.

To apply for the internship, the following documents are required:
• Cover letter with statement of intent detailing the applicant's reasons for seeking the internship, relevant qualifications, and what he or she expects out of the internship.
• Contact details.
• Resume or CV.
• Language proficiency in detail (reading, writing, speaking).

To apply for this position please send the required materials to The deadline for applications is 15 July 2011. Potential candidates will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Program Officer, Global LGBT Social Justice Portfolio at the Arcus Foundation

Arcus Foundation
Program Officer, Global LGBT Social Justice Portfolio
Location: New York City, U.S.

Founded in 2000, the mission of the Arcus Foundation is to achieve social justice that is inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race, and to ensure conservation and respect of the great apes. The Foundation has offices in Kalamazoo, Michigan, New York City and Cambridge, UK.

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues. Specifically, Arcus works to advance LGBT equality, as well as to conserve and protect the great apes. The Arcus Foundation has two major program areas with active grantmaking and operating activities around the world. These include the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Rights Program and the Great Apes Program. For more information about the Arcus Foundation please visit 

Summary Description
As part of a cross-discipline and integrated program team, the Program Officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring and coordinating grantmaking activities for the Arcus Foundation’s Social Justice Portfolio. The goal of this global and domestic portfolio is to advance and bridge efforts that develop and support capacity development of key grantee partners, organizing, advocacy and policy development, research, coalition building, and public education.

In particular, the Program Officer will work toward supporting the development of a diverse, unified and effective social justice movement that includes strategies at the intersections of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status and age.

The Program Officer will develop grantmaking strategies, identify prospective grantees, solicit, review and respond to grant proposals, and prepare recommendations for Arcus Foundation funding.

The Program Officer will be expected to provide intellectual leadership in the fields of Social Justice and LGBT Equality and work closely with other Arcus Foundation program staff, communications, finance, grants management and senior leaders whose work relates to the central mission of the portfolio.

The Program Officer is expected to collaborate broadly with scholars and practitioners, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other donors on issues of common program concern and to develop and implement strategies to leverage the Foundation’s investments through partnerships with donors and funders.

Core Responsibilities

Grantmaking and Grants Management
As part of a cross-discipline and integrated grantmaking team, the Program Officer will:
• Meet with potential grant seekers and current grantees to hold meetings on strategic ideas, structure grantee convenings, review proposals, summarize projects for Board meetings, plan and conduct site visits and oversee past grants
• Ensure that Foundation grants are achieving intended purposes and are aligned with the Foundation’s goals and outcomes
• Implement the Arcus monitoring strategy and gather data on measures and benchmarks to enable the Foundation to assess the impact of its grantmaking in these areas
• Engage in periodic evaluation of the Foundation’s work in these areas to document accomplishments, lessons learned and progress towards outcomes set by the Foundation’s Board of Directors
• Participate in and be an active member of the Arcus Program Team to provide input into the Foundation's overall grantmaking processes, guidelines and systems and to contribute to collaborative learning processes

Leadership in the Field
In order to promote the Arcus Foundation as a leader in the field, the Program Officer will:
• Connect the Arcus Foundation with global and domestic fields of social and racial justice and LGBT equality
• Help build relationships among funders and existing Arcus grantees
• Leverage additional resources from other donors and corporations to support Arcus Foundation program strategies and develop creative mechanisms for collaborative grantmaking
• Fund or engage in research, policy analysis and other projects that deepen the field’s knowledge of social justice and LGBT issues.
• Engage in speaking, writing, public advocacy and other strategies that promote the Foundation's values and goals

• Advanced training in law or public policy, or other relevant field
• Minimum 5 years professional experience in social justice and LGBT rights issues in the U.S. and internationally
• Excellent analytical, oral presentation, writing, and interpersonal skills
• Fluency in a second language
• Familiarity with philanthropy and nonprofit sector issues in the U.S. and developing countries are highly desirable
• The ability to work closely with colleagues in a collaborative team environment and with grantees of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is critical
• Excellent people skills, high energy, strategic and actionable thinking and commitment level are required

Application Process
Please send resume and cover letter to Indicate "Program Officer, Global LGBT Social Justice Portfolio” in the subject line. Mailed applications should be sent to:

Human Resources
Arcus Foundation
44 West 28th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Arcus Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity ("EEO") laws. The Arcus Foundation strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual's race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, arrest record and any other characteristic protected by law.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065
FAX: (212) 434-9893

Title: Research Associate, U.S. Foreign Policy
Location: Washington, DC

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in NY, offices in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award winning website,

CFR’s Studies Program is one of the country's largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program's aim is to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions.

As part of the Studies Program, the research associate will support the work of the Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, focusing on European affairs and transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, and other issues along with short-term assignments as requested by the Studies Program.

The major responsibilities of this position will include, but are not limited to:
• Providing research for books, articles, book chapters, and other publications, as requested
• Providing logistical and administrative support, handling correspondence, scheduling, and responding to requests for information
• Substituting for a staff member who is out of the office, and/or assisting a program that is working on a deadline or preparing for a large event
• Tracking news and data sources
• Assisting with the proofreading and editing of articles, book chapters, and other written material
• Coordinating events, including preparing invitations, travel arrangements, corresponding with speakers and presiders, helping to prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support
• Managing budgets, including preparing budgets and tracking monthly statements, monitoring grant information and writing reports and requests, and preparing vouchers for reimbursement

Preferred Qualifications:
• BA or MA in International Affairs, or a related field, with strong academic credentials
• One or more year(s) related experience
• Strong research, writing, and editing skills
• Strong organizational skills and high attention to detail
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent computer skills, including MS Word and the Internet 

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department, preferably via email to PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

International Law Students Association Annual Conference

The International Law Students Association will be hosting the 2011 ILSA International Conference in Utrecht, the NetherlandsAugust 4-6, 2011, in conjunction with the five partner schools of the Transnational Law Program -- Washington University in St. Louis (USA), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of Trento (Italy), Catholic University of Portugal, and Queens University Belfast (United Kingdom). The conference theme is “Public Liability of Private Corporations.” The conference will examine the emerging legal norms that have developed in an attempt to regulate the public activities of private companies and multi-national enterprises, and how both public and private international law regimes have attempted to meet the challenge. Sub-themes of the conference will include:
  • Whom do we hold accountable?
  • What kind of corporations and other business organizations do we hold accountable?
  • How do we hold corporations accountable?
  • For what acts or omissions do we hold corporations accountable?
The conference will address issues arising out of human rights abuses committed by multinational enterprises, the increased use of private military and security organizations, and the role of various areas of both public and private international law––such as international criminal law, international environmental law, business law, and administrative law.

More Information:

Energy Law / Policy Researcher at the China Research Center of Public Policy

China Research Center of Public Policy (CRCPP), or China Society of Economic Reform (CSER) is a Beijing-based prominent government think-tank that is affiliated to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Our mission is to promote social objective driven prosperity through public and private partnerships (PPP) by optimizing the synergy among government, academics, NGOs and businesses, with the aim of pooling collective wisdom and knowledge to deliver value added policy outputs that are win-win in the resource constrained society. Having mobilized more than 300 top Chinese scholars and policy makers, the center provides cutting edge policy solutions on medical reform, education reform, climate change, environmental administration, infrastructure and urban development, public health, and government regulation. We have conducted a broad range of projects in partnership with major international organizations such as the World Bank, the WHO, the UNDP, the ADB and the DFID; with Chinese government including the NDRC( National Development and Reform Commission), the MOF(Ministry of Finance), the SERC(State Electricity Regulatory Commission), the MWR(Ministry of Water Resources), the MOC(Ministry of Commerce) and the MOHURD(Ministy of Housing and Urdan-Rural Development) , as well as with a bunch of Fortune 500 firms.

The Role
The China Research Center of Public Policy (CRCPP) is seeking a researcher in the field of energy law/policy. The researcher works closely with other scholars, policy makers and other stakeholders on various research projects. Our current project requires that the researcher works with electric power experts, to review 200+ Chinese law/policies on electric power and provides revision advices in light of energy-saving and environmental principles. After this project, the researcher will continue to research on energy related law and regulations. This is a Beijing-based position, fluent Chinese as well as profound knowledge on Chinese law/society are required. Candidates are provided with the chance to be seconded to the Chinese government, and the chance to be recommended to top universities/the CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Science)/ the NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission).

The Person
  • Profound knowledge on Chinese law (energy law, environmental law, administrative law, economic law...) and society; knowledge and experiences on energy law and/or environmental law is highly preferred
  • Advanced Chinese
  • Good communication skills
To apply, please send via email a full resume with publications, a writing sample, and a cover letter to: Other supportive material welcomed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Intern Needed at the International Legal Resource Center

The ILRC is a joint project between the American Bar Association (ABA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  The ILRC assists UNDP representative offices around the world to identify candidates to provide legal advice and training, primarily on a pro bono basis, in legal institution-building, judicial reform, drafting of legislation, and other law-related areas.  Housed in the ABA Section of International Law since its inception in February 2000, the ILRC has received and responded to increasing numbers of requests for legal expertise and information from UNDP Country Offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the CEE and CIS region. The ILRC also serves as a depository of relevant rule of law and governance documents and other materials which are available to legal experts, UNDP staff, government officials, and others involved in UNDP-sponsored programs.  In addition, the ILRC is available for specialized assistance to UNDP Offices upon request.

Legal Research Intern Responsibilities
Internship responsibilities include assistance in review of UNDP requests for legal experts, research on UNDP countries and relevant laws, and administrative tasks such as scanning, editing and filing documents.  Intern will be responsible for in-depth research and writing assignments.  Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars sponsored by the ABA and other institutions in the national capital area. 

Length of Internship
One internship per term (Spring, Summer and Fall). Ten to twenty hours for the Spring and Fall internship, and full-time for Summer Internship

Open to all Law Students, students completing MAs in International Relations or International Development, and 4th year undergraduate students (Majoring in Political Science or Pre Law). Candidates must demonstrate an interest in international development issues and have research and computer capabilities.  Speaking additional languages is an asset.  L.L.M students are welcome to apply.


Application Instructions
Submit letter of interest, including dates and hours per week available for internship commitment, resume, 3-5 page writing sample, and two references, via e-mail, to Jacqueline Gichinga at