Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ABA International Law Section Student Writing Competition

Enter the ABA Section of International Law’s Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards. Topic of Essay: In Spring 2013, the US Supreme Court is likely to issue its decision on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 621 F. 3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. granted, 80 U.S.L.W. 3237 (U.S. Oct. 17, 2011) (No. 10-1491), involving a claim under Alien Tort Statute, which allows US courts to recognize cause of action for violation of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign nation other than the US. Here is your chance to weigh in as an amicus curiae on how the court should rule.

Winners will receive a $1,000 prize or an iPad and accessories up to $1,000 and a travel stipend of $1,000 to the Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.; and their award will be given by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at a US Supreme Court evening reception on Thursday, April 25, 2013 during the ABA International Section Spring 2013 Meeting.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GE International Law & Policy Fellowship

Date: Dec 18, 2012
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Job Number: 1668853
Business: GE Corporate
Business Segment: Corporate Legal
About Us: This fellowship is a year-long, full time program in GE’s Washington, DC office expected to start by March 5,
2013. We are seeking candidates with a background in international trade policy, law, economics and government. Candidates should have a deep understanding of international trade systems and policy.
Posted Position Title: R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship
Career Level: Experienced
Function: Legal
Function Segment: Administration and Support
Location: United States
U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces: District of Columbia
City: Washington
Postal Code: 20004-2414
Relocation Assistance: No
Role Summary/Purpose: GE is an equal opportunity employer, offering a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation.

General Electric’s Global Government Affairs & Policy group is seeking qualified candidates for a R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship program. GGA&P oversees GE’s engagement on public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets. Our fellows are involved in many aspects of our operations.
Essential Responsibilities:
  • Research current global issues in international trade law and policy, climate change, energy production, rule of law, R&D, etc.
  • Attend Washington-area briefings and meetings relevant to GE
  • Write memoranda and conduct legal research and analysis
  • Create and edit presentation and briefing materials for the policy team
  • Assist GE trade experts and lawyers on various ongoing initiatives related to international law, trade, and policy matters
  • Assist office administrative functions
  • Qualifications/Requirements: Basic Qualifications:
  • Graduate Degree or Law Degree requiredEligibility Requirements:
  • Must be available for a minimum 1 year, full time (40 hours/week) commitment
  • Eligible to work in the US for entire one year of fellowship without sponsorship
  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen
  • Additional Eligibility Qualifications: GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
    Desired Characteristics:
  • Strong academic and professional credentials
  • Expert- level proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • International experience
  • Foreign language skills
  • An interest in international law and policy
  • Knowledge of free trade agreements, emerging markets, international policy relating to infrastructure including energy and/or healthcare
  • Familiarity with current events
  • Adaptable and familiarity with GE’s worldwide operations
  • Self-starter and strong work ethic

  • Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

    United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme

    The deadline for receiving applications is
    31 January 2013.
    The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is a six-week course organized annually by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, under the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, which is one of the cornerstones of the United Nation’s efforts to promote the rule of law. The International Law Fellowship Programme is designed to enable qualified persons, in particular, mid-level government legal officers and young teachers of international law from developing countries, and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law.

    The Courses
    The Fellowship Programme consists of a six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. Fellows attend courses in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law and participate in lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. The courses are given in either English or French. The 2013 Programme will be conducted in English.

    Fellows are selected on the basis of their qualifications, the needs of their respective countries and the potential benefits they may derive from the fellowship in their professional life. Preference will be given to candidates from countries whose nationals have not been awarded a fellowship in the immediately preceding years and to candidates from least developed countries.

    Financial Arrangements
    The Fellowship Programme will cover the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, medical insurance, the training material and the registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law. In accordance with policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships, participants will receive a stipend to cover their living expenses. Accommodation will also be provided by the Fellowship Programme.

    Additional places will be made available for self-funded participants from developed countries and employees of international organizations who will have to bear all costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation, living expenses, registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law).

    More on this opportunity:

    Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship - Applications Due February 1

    The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It was inaugurated in 2012. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship allows fellows to serve in professional placements as "special assistants" in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. View the bios of current Fellows.

    U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions, and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

    Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships are available in Bangladesh, Burma, Côte d’IvoireDominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Nepal and Samoa.

    Application Deadline is February 1, 2013

    Program Length
    10 months

    Eligibility and Application Overview
    To participate in the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have:
    • a Master’s Degree, JD, or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a public policy applicable field.
    • met the host country language requirements.

    Note: Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for any Fulbright grants.

    Additional eligibility information and the application can be accessed at

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    International Center for Law and Religion Studies Externship Program

    The J. Reuben Clark Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies is recruiting law students with demonstrated academic excellence to participate in its 2013 Spring/Summer Externship Program. Selected student scholars will spend eight to ten weeks at Brigham Young University working on a range of projects related to the Center’s Mission “to help secure the blessing of freedom of religion and belief for all people.” More information about the mission and activities of the Center is available at
    Past summer externs have been involved in a number of projects that have permitted them to obtain credit from their own law schools, including assisting in the preparation of Supreme Court briefs, reviewing pending religion-related legislation from many countries, and working on books and articles in progress. In summer 2013, the Center will be heavily involved in producing a legal encyclopedia that will describe church-state systems in all countries on earth. In addition, many externs will assist in the preparation of a new edition of an important ongoing Center project, the four-volume treatise Religious Organization and the Law (available online at under the database RELORGS).  While the Center’s primary focus is on religious freedom issues, work on the annual treatise updates and revisions permits students to explore the interface between religion and other practice areas, as they make extremely valuable contributions to research and writing on a broad range of subjects, including constitutional law, employment law, litigation, tax law, intellectual property, healthcare, social services, bankruptcy, risk management, corporate choice and organization, fiduciary duties, immigration law, marriage and family law, public and private education, mergers and dissolutions, land use, and charitable grants and fundraising.
    To apply for an externship, please submit a cover letter and resume to Deborah Wright, Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at by 12 p.m. MST on Monday, January 14, 2013. If you are accepted, you will be notified on Thursday, January 31, 2013. We will need to know of your commitment to the externship by Thursday, February 28, 2012. The Center will work with you to schedule the dates of your time with us, and we will work with your school to explore whether credits for the externship can be arranged.
    We would also like to notify you that each year the Center, in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, sponsors a writing competition for law students on the subject of religious freedom. Last year’s winner received a cash award of $1,500 and traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive his award at the 2012 International Religious Liberty Award Dinner. The papers, of 9,000-13,300 words, are due each year by August 1. Award recipients have published their papers in journals following the competition. Information about the contest appears on the Center’s website in January. 

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition

    Call for Student Articles
    To Become an IEL Hartrick Scholar for 2013
    The IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition: The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law announces its 2013 Hartrick Scholar writing competition. All eligible students are invited to participate.

    Eligible Students and Topics: Students enrolled in law school as of December 2012, and seeking a juris doctor degree, are eligible to submit an article for consideration in the IEL Hartrick Scholar competition. The general subject for this year’s competition is any topic related to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.
    The article can be any work prepared by the student while enrolled in law school and can include prior works prepared for law journal or a law school course, so long as the submitted version complies with the submission guidelines. The Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee will select one or more outstanding submissions that they deem worthy of recognition.

    Submission Guidelines: The article must be submitted to the Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee, at the address listed below, on or before January 15, 2013. The article should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes (this approximates 40 double-spaced pages of text and footnotes or 25 printed pages). Footnotes should be in Blue Book format and placed at the bottom of the page where the footnoted text appears. The article should be submitted in pdf or hard copy accompanied by a cover email message or letter that contains the following information: (1) the title of your article; (2) the law school where you are currently enrolled; (3) your mailing address; (4) your telephone number; and (5) your email address. The article should not contain your name, law school, or any other identifying information.

    Selection of the 2013 Hartrick Scholar(s): The Hartrick Scholar(s) selected by the Judging Committee will be notified on February 15, 2013. The Scholar(s) will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute for Energy Law’s 64th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference to be held February 21-22, 2013, in Houston, Texas. The Hartrick Scholar(s) also will be recognized for their work at the Career Paths For Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector Symposium to be held on March 1-2, 2013 at The University of Tulsa College of Law. Selection as a Hartrick Scholar includes, in addition to the $2,500 cash award, the cost of travel to attend the Conference in Houston and the Symposium in Tulsa.

    Submit Articles To: For Questions Contact:
    Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee Lilly Hogarth, Project Manager
    ATTN: David B. Winn, Director Institute for Energy Law
    Institute for Energy Law +1 (972) 244-3424
    The Center for American and International Law
    5201 Democracy Drive
    Plano, Texas 75024-3561

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    ASIL Launches International Law 2012

    ASIL has just launched International Law 2012, a web-based initiative to gather and disseminate information to the public and the news media about where the U.S. presidential candidates stand on important international legal issues. Click here to view the presidential candidates' views on issues including the intersection of the Geneva Conventions and counter-terror operations; international trade and the World Trade Organization; efforts to regulate climate change; and the continued viability of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and regulation of weapons of mass destruction.