Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Legal Internship at Smart Cities Advisors

Smart Cities Advisors is a social enterprise whose mission is to promote socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable and commercially viable building and construction in developing country cities.

We are currently seeking an unpaid intern for the Spring 2011 semester to train in conducting legal research on operational and administrative aspects of our organization. You will be mature, motivated and interested in the linkages between sustainability and enterprise. You should have 1-2 days per week to work with us with a committed, enthusiastic attitude. We would welcome any living and language experience in any of our focus countries (see below). We prefer law students who have completed two years of school, and we will support applications for credit.

If you’d like to be part of a forward-thinking, international team of sustainability-minded social entrepreneurs, this would be a great opportunity for a creative, motivated and dedicated intern to assist with developing our enterprise model.
Internship applicants should be able to show capacity and willingness to train with the organization’s founders and advisory board in:
• Law and policy matters related to housing and real estate
• International legal research on foreign investment rules
• Research on registrations and legal entity definitions in social enterprise
• Assistance with obtaining and maintaining administrative legal status

We aim to invest in your professional development, work closely with you to give you the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a global movement and teach you how to translate your legal training into social and environmental impact.

Finally, we are located in a creative entrepreneurial community in DUMBO, where there are ample opportunities to interact with a range of other organizations in law, media, tech, design, non-profit, financial management and other sectors.

SCA FOCUS COUNTRIES: India, Brazil, South Africa, Pakistan, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia, Turkey, Ghana, Argentina, Chile and others.

Please write to admin@smartcitiesadvisors.com with cover letter, resume, examples of work and time availability.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Humanity in Action Summer Fellowship Programs - For the Undergrad Classes of 2009 and 2010

Humanity in Action (HIA) programs are designed to promote and facilitate an ongoing, international dialogue about the challenges that democratic societies encounter as they experience new degrees and forms of diversity.

The goal is to reinforce the commitment of HIA's Fellows and Senior Fellows to democratic values and human rights; to encourage American and European students and young professionals to become leaders in these fields; and to foster a growing international community bound together by these commitments.
Through the Summer Fellowship Programs, Professional Fellowships and Internships, and Seminars and Study Trips for Senior Fellows, Humanity in Action continues to develop its programming to support the careers and initiatives of its expanding network of Senior Fellows, and to engage the wider public.

HIA Fellowship Programs in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, and the United States are the gateway to participation in HIA and the basis for highly effective individual and collaborative action.
The content of the fellowship programs reflects the specific histories and present challenges of each host country. All programs focus on histories and theories of resistance to legal and institutional abuse of minority populations and the development of international human rights institutions and doctrines after World War II and the Holocaust.

Each fellowship program is divided into two phases. During the first phase, recognized leaders of human rights organizations, politicians, diplomats, philanthropists, journalists, scholars, artists and authors meet with the Fellows during three-and-a-half weeks of intensive seminars, site visits, and focus group activities. Each program culminates in a period of research and writing. International teams of Fellows focus on past and present minority issues in their host country, producing a written report.

Following the summer programs, HIA Fellows complete an Action Project, engaging human rights or minority issues in their home institutions or communities.

Apply by January 10, 2011 for this summer: http://www.humanityinaction.org/apply/usa

Friday, December 24, 2010

Global Financial Integrity - Summer 2011 Legal Intern

Global Financial Integrity (“GFI”) is seeking a Legal Intern (unpaid) to work approximately 25 hours per week with its Legal Counsel & Director of Government Affairs (“Legal Counsel”) in its Washington, DC office from June through August, dates negotiable. GFI is a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting national and multilateral policies, safeguards, and agreements aimed at curtailing the cross-border flow of illegal money in an effort to stem the flight of capital out of developing countries. www.gfip.org

The Legal Intern will work directly with our Legal Counsel, learning about and analyzing national, international and foreign laws in such areas as international taxation, corruption/bribery/kickbacks, money laundering, intra-company transfers of funds, and other related topics in order to create appropriate recommendations for legislative and international action in these areas. He/she can expect to be included in meetings with staffers on the Hill as well as other US government and international organizations and will work closely with staff at other NGOs interested in these topics.

Although we recognize that one person will not have experience in all of these areas, we are looking for someone who has taken courses in or has experience with international law and preferably some of the following:

• tax law
• business law
• banking/financial services
• corruption/money laundering/bribery

A positive attitude is a must and an interest in development issues would also be welcome.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter, including proposed start and end dates, to:
Heather Lowe
Global Financial Integrity
1319 18th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
References may be requested.

Study Abroad Program in Curaçao Continues to Experience Record Enrollment

Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, N.Y. — Boasting the highest enrollment in its nine year history, the Comparative and International Law program in Curaçao included 88 law students from across the world - an increase of 20 students from last year.  Curaçao, part of The Netherlands Kingdom, is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.

"International education is the cutting edge of law studies," said Hofstra
Law Dean Nora V. Demleitner. "Students from around the world are taking notice of Hofstra Law's success in this field, thereby driving attention to, and enrollment in, the Curaçao program."

Law School, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Erasmus University Rotterdam sponsor the Curaçao program, which is hosted by The University of the Netherlands Antilles.  The program features law faculty from each of the sponsor schools and ran this academic year from December 17, 2010 through January 8, 2011.  This year's faculty taught courses titled "Transnational Crimes and Comparative Extradition," "Regulation of International Markets," and "Introduction to the Economic Law of the European Union for Non EU-Lawyers."

"The Curaçao
program is growing in popularity," said Hofstra Law School Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs Jeffrey A. Dodge, who traveled to Curaçao to administer the program.  "For the second year in a row, we had to turn people away - even after increasing the space capacity. In the coming years, I expect even more law students from across the world to be attracted to the study abroad program." 

The roster included students from Hofstra
Law School, University of Baltimore School of Law, Southwestern Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law, University of Montana School of Law, and the University of Georgia School of Law, to name a few.  One student from the University of Netherlands Antilles also participated.

 is an interesting and legally relevant location to host a legal study abroad program.  The Dutch settlers in Curaçao were the founders of New York City as we know it today - a thriving trade and business city.  Curaçao gained self-government on January 1, 1954 as an island territory of the Netherlands Antilles. Despite this, the islanders did not fully participate in the political process until after the social movements of the late 1960s. Recently, the political status of the island changed in regards to the relationship with the Netherlands and between the islands of the Antilles.

Additionally, Hofstra
University was established as a result of a large bequest by the estate of Kate Mason. Ms. Mason was the second wife of lumber magnate William S. Hofstra, a Dutch American.

The three-week intensive program is approved by the American Bar Association.  In addition to the Curaçao
program, Hofstra Law School offers study abroad programs in Germany and Italy.  The school is also a founding member of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE).  Under the EACLE program, Hofstra Law students take advantage of exchange programs at Finland's Helsinki University, The Netherlands' Erasmus University Rotterdam, Italy's University of Parma and Belgium's Ghent University.  Visit law.hofstra.edu/International.

 Law was recognized on preLaw magazine's annual "Where to Study International Law" list.

Announcing Two New Programs

Dear Hofstra Law Community:

I am delighted to announce the launch of two new program offerings from the Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs Office.  Read more below on these opportunities.

1.  Global Legal Practice Externship Program
To prepare students for the new reality of practicing law in a global legal environment, Hofstra Law has established the Global Legal Practice Externship Program, which allows students to work over the summer in unpaid positions internationally or domestically for 3 academic credits. The Program gives students two options to participate, with the same academic requirements for both. 

The new international option for the Externship program includes a customized externship placement, accommodations near the externship location, travel medical insurance, international mobile phones, visa assistance, on the ground support, airport pickup, guidebooks and pre-departure information, social activities and excursions, and a language emersion program, where applicable. Each program lasts 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the city.  Externship placements are available in Dublin, Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Seville and Sydney.  Attached you will find sample placement opportunities.  Information sessions on this program will be held in January to answer questions and help students through the application process.  In the meantime, please visit the
program's website for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

2.  Language Development Initiative
In an effort to greater equip students with marketable language skills, the Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs Office has engaged in a first of its kind initiative with Rosetta Stone.  Members of the Hofstra Law community can sign up to participate in a fully online language development resource run in partnership with Rosetta Stone.  The initiative has many levels of language development and emphasizes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  The resource is good for people just beginning to learn a language as well as those with more advanced skills who want to practice.  You may select one language from the following: Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English (British), English (American), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

If you are interested in learning a new language through this Initiative, please email me at https://red001.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=b444873e8df944e0ad7798c1982c477e&URL=mailto%3aJeffrey.Dodge%40hofstra.edu with a brief statement of interest and your resume or C.V.  A limited number of students will be selected at first and we will keep a waitlist.  Students selected to participate must actively use the resource and should inform me if they decide to no longer engage in language development.  Users who do not log on to the system in a 30 day period will have their service transferred to another interested student.  The language service will be made available to selected students in mid-January.
As a reminder, the Office maintains a blog, Legally Global, which now features over 100 opportunities in the international law field: summer internships, writing competitions, permanent positions, fellowships and more.  The blog can be accessed through the Current Students homepage or on the Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs Office website.  The web address is https://red001.mail.microsoftonline.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=b444873e8df944e0ad7798c1982c477e&URL=http%3a%2f%2flegallyglobal.blogspot.com%2f and is also RSS fed to Lex Lounge.

I hope the final exam period went well.  Enjoy your break!

Jeffrey A. Dodge, Esq.
Assistant Dean for Global Initiatives & Multicultural Affairs

Hofstra Law School
121 Hofstra University, Suite 307
Hempstead, New York 11549

(O) 516.463.0417
(F) 516.463.1017
(E) Jeffrey.Dodge@hofstra.edu

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Interights Summer Internship Program

INTERIGHTS is pleased to invite applications for "summer interns" for the period between May to September 2011. INTERIGHTS specializes in the strategic litigation of human rights cases before regional and international human rights bodies, on cases from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. Our litigation is supported by related capacity building activities and publications on international and comparative human rights law. With programmes of work on equality (including the human rights of women, persons with disabilities and LGBTI rights), security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism) and economic and social rights, an internship at INTERIGHTS provides unique exposure to a variety of international legal challenges in practice.

Summer interns provide valuable legal research and drafting assistance to our lawyers, helping with the preparation of legal briefs, training materials and publications on human rights. Given the nature of our work, only candidates who have studied or are about to complete legal studies should apply.

While INTERIGHTS has specific funded internships for experienced lawyers from the regions in which we work, "summer interns" are volunteers who must be self funded.

Applicants must be prepared to commit for no less than three months between May and September, and should specify their proposed dates in their covering letter.

Successful candidates will:
- Be law graduates or be entering their final year of law school (LLM graduates or students desirable)
- Demonstrate an interest in international human rights law
- Demonstrate excellent legal research
- Be fluent in English, with outstanding English drafting skills
- Have the right to work in the UK or successfully obtain a sponsorship certificate
It will be advantageous for candidates to be fluent in French, Russian or Arabic. Experience of human rights issues and law in Eastern European and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia or the Middle East is also desirable.

To apply please send the following three documents to Chloë Marong (jobs@interights.org) no later than 31st January 2011:
- A covering letter of one page outlining your interest in volunteering with INTERIGHTS;
- Your curriculum vitae; and
- An unedited writing sample of no more than 2,000 words (this could be a term paper, an article or a case note).

Please write Summer Internship in the subject field of your email.

Given the volume of interest in these positions, we regret that we are unable to engage in correspondence about the appropriateness of your chosen writing sample or other matters concerning your application. INTERIGHTS will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Call for Student Papers: Non-State Actors and International Law Conference at Yale

The Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Forum for International Law in cooperation with the Junior International Law Scholars Association presents...

Call for Papers
A Young Scholars Conference
February 25-26, 2011
New Haven, CT

I. Introduction
The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is delighted to announce that its seventh Young Scholars Conference will be held February 25-26, 2011, on the topic of ―Non-State Actors and International Law.  This year’s Conference will be held in conjunction with the annual workshop of the Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA). The Conference is designed to bring together young faculty, practitioners, and law students to explore the increasing relevance of non-state actors in the international system and the international law that governs their actions. The conference will take place at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.

II. Background
The twentieth century is associated with the rise of the nation-state and the organization of the state system, as it evolved from the Peace of Westphalia. The formal organization of world society accorded primary relevance to the state as political actor. International law, too, developed as a set of rules and practices governing the relations among states. In the last few decades, however, nation-states and the state system have been increasingly forced to share the global stage with a variety of non-state actors—global corporations, financial institutions, civil society actors, private military companies, and terrorist organizations, among others. Non-state actors are challenging the assumptions and limits of the existing international legal framework. At the Conference, we hope to explore this tension and examine proposals for reform of the legal framework to accommodate this new reality.

III. Student Panel
The conference will feature one student panel on the theme of ―International Law in the Wake of the Iraq War and Guantanamo Bay.  Student panelists will be expected to produce a paper between 12,500 – 17,500 words (including footnotes) for presentation at the Conference. YJIL will consider these papers for subsequent publication in the print journal and its online companion, YJIL Online.

Student recipients of this Call for Papers are invited to submit their manuscript, along with a brief CV, to be considered for inclusion on the student panel. Individuals who are selected for participation will be offered travel expenses and accommodations for the duration of the Conference. Material should be submitted by e-mail to Matias Sueldo (matias.sueldo@yale.edu), no later than Monday, January 21st. Applicants will receive notification of YJIL’s decision by the end of January.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Alex Iftimie, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal of International Law William Perdue, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal of International Law Catherine Rivkin, Co-Chair, Yale Forum for International Law
Agniezska Rafskala, Co-Chair, Yale Forum for International Law
Matias Sueldo, Conference Director, Yale Journal of International Law

Monday, December 20, 2010

Democracy Fellows Program - Applications Now Being Accepted

World Learning’s Democracy Fellows Program (DFP), funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Democracy and Governance in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/DG) requests interested candidates to serve in the Rule of Law Division, Office of Democracy and Governance (DG).

The Rule of Law Division (DCHA/DG/ROL) supports activities that improve legal frameworks, codify human rights, reform justice-sector institutions, and increase citizens’ access to justice. The Rule of Law Division is firmly committed to providing comprehensive technical support and leadership for these activities on a worldwide basis. The incumbent will work in all areas of the sector, while proving direct interagency and intra-agency technical support.


The Democracy Fellow position will serve as a Rule of Law technical expert and provide,

1.  Training & Professional Development (60%):  The Democracy Fellow will design and offer training sessions on rule of law and human rights issues, and will use these opportunities to consult with field officers and provide advice and assistance.  The Fellow may also be called upon to research and write technical publications or articles on the rule of law or human rights subjects.  The Fellow will also coordinate training activities with counterparts in the Division and Bureau, and where appropriate, other intra- and interagency settings.

2.  Interagency and Intra-agency Coordination (20%): The Democracy Fellow provides technical liaison on Rule of Law assistance both within USAID and to all USG agencies, multilateral organizations, foreign governments and donors, NGOs, and civil society actors.

The Democracy Fellow will conduct outreach and liaison functions with judicial entities, to include the Administrative Office of the US Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, State Judicial Organizations, Affinity organizations and others in order to foster good relations, responsive programming and the promotion of best practices and lessons learned from judicial exchange programs funded by USAID.  The Democracy Fellow will provide Missions (with rule of law programs) information on judicial exchange options available to them and how to integrate exchanges into their rule of law and training programs.

3. Other responsibilities may include (20%): (1) Contributing to DG office programs and initiatives related to Rule of Law and Democracy and Governance; (2) Attending, organizing, and making presentations at meetings, conferences, and workshops; (3) Preparing briefing papers or reports on Rule of Law activities; and (4) Developing a Rule of Law Division marketing strategy and accompanying materials.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Completion of a law degree or relevant Rule of Law graduate degree. A law degree is strongly preferred and an LL.M. is desirable.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience practicing in the field of law or experience providing direct technical assistance in core Rule of Law development activities on behalf of an international organization, the U.S. government, or an NGO.
  • Knowledge of broad reconstruction and stabilization strategies and experience working in Fragile States is desirable.
  • Experience providing Rule of Law training is desirable.
Time Frame:

The duration of the position is one year.

Application Deadline: This position is available immediately.

Applications are available from our website at:  http://wlid.usaid.gov/apply.html

Interested candidates should send a complete application to:

Democracy Fellowship – ROL Coordinator
World Learning
Democracy Fellows Program
1015 15th Street, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: (202) 408-5397
Email: dfp.info@worldlearning.org

American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Internship

We are looking for an intern (paid) to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our education programs and other activities on IHL.

The intern will work as part of a small team of 5 colleagues where he/she will assist with research and writing on IHL and conflict-related issues. An interest in public international law, human rights and humanitarian law, and international relations or related fields is essential. Our interns work as integral members of our team and carry-out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include research and writing on international humanitarian law and conflict-related issues, monitoring IHL developments in the news, updating IHL course content, producing documents such as briefing memos, IHL Fact Sheets, policy papers and content for the Web, and making IHL presentations to staff or at events organized by the IHL team. The IHL intern will also assist with our IHL public education campaign activities linked to the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and with general office duties, as required.

We are looking for an intern who can work 20 hours per week from January to May 2011.

Skills and Qualifications:
• Graduate student in law (e.g. current students in a LLM or JD program), international relations, public policy or related field;
• Must have strong research, analytical and writing skills;
• Strong interest in international issues is highly desirable;
• Computer skills such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and In Design, are highly desirable;
• Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure;
• Willingness to do basic research and general office duties, as required.

Announcing the Trandafir Writing Competition

Topic - Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

Award - Publication and CASH PRIZE of $2,000
Publication - The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Eligibility - All students currently enrolled in a law or graduate degree program from any institution in the world are eligible.

Deadline - All mail entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2011. All electronically submitted essays must be received by Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems no later than 5:00 pm U.S. Central Standard Time on February 1, 2011. We will not accept late entries.

(1) All essays must be typed, double-spaced on 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches paper (or A4 paper for non-US entries), with a 1 inch margin on all sides. Electronic submissions are acceptable, please send as an attachment to an e-mail with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address included.

(2) There is no minimum page requirement. The essay must not exceed 50 pages, including footnotes.

(3) Citations should follow rules published in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005).

(4)Entries must include a cover letter containing the student's name, address, telephone number, name and address of the school which the student attends, and title of the student's essay. The student's name, school, or other identification should not appear on the actual essay.

(5) No essay shall be eligible which has been published or has an outstanding commitment for publication.

(6) All essays must be the work of an individual. Collaboration with others (other than the usual law review or seminar supervision) is prohibited.

(7) The judging panel will be comprised of TLCP editors and University of Iowa College of Law faculty. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy article is not submitted.

(8) Electronic submissions must be received in our office no later than 5:00 pm U.S. Central Standard Time on February 1, 2011.  Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with your submission.  You should e-mail your submission as an attachment to:

(9) After the editorial board receives your submission, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.

How to Submit

Electronic Submissions To:

Mail Submissions To:
Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
The University of Iowa College of Law
Boyd Law Building 185
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1113, USA

Baghdad law students prepare for Moot Court Competition

BAGHDAD –Law school students from Baghdad University College of Law participated in a Jessup International Law practice Moot Court competition recently at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq.

The Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team has been providing assistance to the Baghdad University law students and hosted this final formal practice moot to prepare them for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition next week in Erbil.

The Jessup competition is the largest moot court competition in the world, now in its 52nd year. This is the first year that the Iraqi National rounds of the competition will be held inside the country, rather than in a neighboring country.

“The Baghdad PRT is involved because it is important to support the development of legal education in Iraq,” said Luke A. McLaurin, Department of Justice resident legal advisor for the Baghdad PRT. “One of the things that the moot court does is help students develop skills in presenting themselves to judges, developing arguments, speaking about the law concisely and articulately before a panel of judges.”

Students were honored by two distinguished Iraqi jurists taking part in the final practice moot, Judge Jaffar Muhsin and Chief Judge Saeed Al-hammash. Chief Judge Saeed, a graduate from Baghdad University College of Law, is best known for being one of the judges in the trial of Saddam Hussein.

“We are in constant contact with the Embassy and PRT rule of law offices, they visit us all the time and we always learn from their advice and hope it materializes in bigger and faster benefits,” said Judge Jaffar Muhsin, a magistrate for 23 years. “I would like to see more of these exercises for the benefits of our students, so they can see what’s going on in the region.”

Each year the Jessup competition involves two fictional countries that have a series of legal disputes. This year’s problem raises issues about the legality of the use of predator drone strikes, issues concerning the laws of war, international humanitarian law, issues concerning the rights of cultural and religious minorities, and international anti-corruption law.

According to McLaurin, this year’s problem could not be better tailored for Iraqi law students.

“This Jessup competition helped me learn a lot about legal issues we don’t study in college because our methods are old fashioned and not updated,” said Ghasaq Alhusainy, a senior law student. “We are dealing with a new democracy, new legal issues, and cases, so by participating in this competition I had to learn a lot of international laws and I had to understand what they mean.”

McLaurin has worked with DePaul University and their International Human Rights Law Institute to set up the Jessup competition for all law schools in Iraq.

The Jessup competition involves a moot in front of the international court of justice. Teams from 19 different law colleges in Iraq have signed up to attend the event, ultimately competing with 500 law schools from over 80 different countries.

“In terms of developing long term capacity, you need to work with law students in law schools to enable them to have the skills that they need to have an effective criminal justice system,” said McLaurin. “But also to connect them to the international community, which is a long term strategic goal of the United States.”

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights Summer Internship

INTERIGHTS is pleased to invite applications for summer interns for the period between May to September 2011.  INTERIGHTS specialises in the strategic litigation of human rights cases before regional and international human rights bodies, on cases from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.  Our litigation is supported by related capacity building activities and publications on international and comparative human rights law.  With programmes of work on equality (including the human rights of women, persons with disabilities and LGBTI rights), security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism) and economic and social rights, an internship at INTERIGHTS provides unique exposure to a variety of international legal challenges in practice.

Summer interns provide valuable legal research and drafting assistance to our lawyers, helping with the preparation of legal briefs, training materials and publications on human rights.  Given the nature of our work, only candidates who have studied or are about to complete legal studies should apply. 

While INTERIGHTS has specific funded internships for experienced lawyers from the regions in which we work, summer interns are volunteers who must be self funded.

Applicants must be prepared to commit for no less than three months between May and September, and should specify their proposed dates in their covering letter.  

Successful candidates will:
- Be law graduates or be entering their final year of law school (LLM graduates or students desirable)
- Demonstrate an interest in international human rights law
- Demonstrate excellent legal research
- Be fluent in English, with outstanding English drafting skills
- Have the right to work in the UK or successfully obtain a sponsorship certificate

It will be advantageous for candidates to be fluent in French, Russian or Arabic.  Experience of human rights issues and law in Eastern European and the former Soviet Union, Africa, South Asia or the Middle East is also desirable.

To apply please send the following three documents to Chloë Marong (jobs@interights.org) no later than 31 January 2011:
- A covering letter of one page outlining your interest in volunteering with INTERIGHTS;
- Your curriculum vitae; and
- An unedited writing sample of no more than 2,000 words (this could be a term paper, an article or a case note). 

Please write Summer Internship in the subject field of your email. Given the volume of interest in these positions, we regret that we are unable to engage in correspondence about the appropriateness of your chosen writing sample or other matters concerning your application. INTERIGHTS will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Work With EFF's International Policy Team Next Summer! Google Policy Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

Are you a student who is passionate about protecting citizens' civil liberties and the free and open Internet? Do you love debating technology law and Internet policy issues? Then consider applying for a Google Policy Fellowship to work with EFF's international policy team next summer! Now in its fourth year, the Google Policy Fellowship program offers successful applicants the opportunity to work with one of 17 host organizations at the forefront of Internet and technology public policy —including EFF.

Google Policy Fellows work to advance debate on key policy issues affecting the public for a minimum of 10 weeks in June - August 2011. Google kindly offers a $7500 stipend to the selected fellows. Google is now accepting applications at its GPF application page before January 17, 2011. Applicants will then be reviewed by host organizations and the successful applicant for each organization will be informed by Google by February 28, 2011. EFF is looking for a fellow with a global perspective, who has substantial knowledge about the international issues in which we are involved. More information about the focus of the work our Google Policy Fellow will take on are available here. More information about the GPF program is available in the FAQ.

US law students who are interested in working with EFF's litigation team over the summer should apply to EFF's separate legal internship program. Details of that program are available on our internship page.

CIA Chief Leon Panetta, Federal Officials Urge Scholars To Help Improve Foreign Language Learning in U.S.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- In order to make the United States more globally competitive and secure from foreign attacks, the nation must radically transform the way it teaches foreign language.

That was the heart of the message that CIA Director Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other government leaders delivered Wednesday to more than 300 foreign language educators who gathered at the CIA Foreign Language Summit at the University of Maryland University College conference center.

“If we are truly interested in having America succeed in the future, with regards to foreign language training, then I believe that the United States should require language study beginning at a younger age,” Panetta said, drawing applause.

“And, finally,” America’s top spy chief said, “we need to get back to mandating language training as a requirement for graduating from college.”

Although the conference focused heavily on how higher education can produce and cultivate the foreign language skills of America’s future spies and intelligence analysts, the panelists agreed that the best time to teach students a foreign language is long before they reach a college campus.

Panetta said K-12 educators need to focus on not just the three R’s of reading, writing and arithmetic but a fourth “R.”

“And that ‘R’ stands for reality, the reality of the world that we live in,” Panetta said. “This country cannot simply expect the rest of the world to speak English. We must be multilingual.”

“It is vital to our economic interests,” Panetta added. “It is vital to our diplomacy. It is vital to our national security to use the language of the people that we engage throughout the world.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan cited statistics that show foreign language instruction in the United States is generally on the decline and that universities are not producing enough foreign language instructors or students with degrees in a foreign language.

“Right now, too many colleges and universities are starting to scale back language programs or eliminate them altogether,” Duncan said. “And even those where the language programs remain intact, the priority is often put in the wrong place.”

Duncan lamented that 95 percent of college students enrolled in a language course to study a European language, but less than 1 percent of graduate students are studying a language that the Department of Defense views as critical for national security, such as Arabic or Pashtun.

“It’s clear to all of us that schools, colleges and universities need to invest more and invest smarter in language instruction,” Duncan said.

“So this is our challenge: To expand and improve language instruction at a time when financial resources are tight and the international economic competition is greater than ever.”

Duncan also stated that a priority for next year is to get the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorized. He said ESEA, as envisaged by his administration, would include $265 million in competitive grants to strengthen teaching of the languages, arts and other things. Though many in education disdain the idea of competitive grants, Duncan urged summit attendees to accept the challenge to demonstrate the impact of second language programs.

He also lauded universities and colleges that get funding for foreign language instruction under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, particularly the 3 percent of America’s institutions of higher education that get funding through Title VI to teach “strategic languages” but account for half of all undergraduate enrollment and more than three-quarters of graduate enrollment in rare languages.

Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, agreed but added that the effort to improve and expand foreign language instruction in the United States must begin at the pre-K level, not just in K-12.

Dr. Kira Gor, director of the Second Language Acquisition Program at the University of Maryland, said age 5 is generally seen as the “cutoff” age for being able to learn and speak a foreign language without being detected as a nonnative speaker.

“After that, you’ll be detected as a nonnative speaker,” Gor said. Students can still learn a foreign language later in their K-12 experience or as adults, but it becomes more of a labor-intensive process, she said, whereas learning a second language at an early age also increases a person’s mental capacity to pick up a third and fourth language later on in life.

Unfortunately, minority students are the least likely to get foreign language instruction in their pre-K or K-12 experience, laments summit attendee Gilbert W. Merkx, director of the Duke Center for International Studies at Duke University.

“Minority students tend to be in very poor school districts or come from backgrounds where learning a foreign language is not seen as an asset,” Merkx said. “And the poor school districts don’t have the money to hire foreign language teachers. It creates a vicious cycle.”

Dr. J. David Edwards, executive director of the National Council for Languages and International Studies, who also attended the CIA summit, said K-12 is further hindered from offering foreign language by the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, which requires schools to get students proficient in certain areas, namely, reading, math and science.

“You have to be able to demonstrate Adequate Yearly Progress in certain areas,” Edwards said. “Foreign language is not one of those areas.”

Monday, December 13, 2010

Student Jobs in Germany - Chat Session with DAAD

Upcoming Chat Session with DAAD Bonn on Wednesday, December 15, from 10-11 AM, EST (4-5 PM in Bonn)
For most students a part-time job is an important source of income. This is  also for internationals. However, access to the job market is restricted for international students, especially for non-EU citizens. What are the job opportunities for non-German students? How many hours per week are they allowed to work? Are there any restrictions regarding the type and amount of income? How and where can international students find a job? Is fluent German a necessary asset? Do internationals need an income tax card? And what are current regulations regarding  social security or health care for international students seeking a job in Germany?

Chat and discuss such questions and more in English or German with experts, Susanna Becker (liaison for international students at Bonn University), and Theresia Jansen (job consultant for academics at the Federal Labour Agency), Wednesday, December 15, 2010, from 10-11 AM, EST (4-5 PM in Bonn). You can even post your questions now.

For further information on how to sign up for the DAAD Chat session, go to

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chief of Party Position, Public International Law & Policy Group, Kosovo

Public International Law & Policy Group
Position: Chief of Party, Kosovo

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) is seeking a Chief of Party for its new Kosovo office.  Below please find information on PILPG and its Kosovo project, as well as the role of the Chief of Party and the required qualifications for the position.  

PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to developing states and governments.  PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.  To date, PILPG has advised over twenty states and governments on the legal aspects of peace negotiations and post-conflict constitution drafting, and over two dozen states and War Crimes Tribunals in Europe, Asia and Africa concerning the protection of human rights, self-determination, and transitional justice.  PILPG has over fifteen years of experience working in the Balkans.  PILPG first provided legal assistance in 1995 during the Dayton peace negotiations.  Since then, PILPG has also worked in Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro and maintained representation in the region.

PILPG’s Kosovo project is designed to increase the Kosovar citizen’s access to and respect for justice - with an emphasis on issues related to criminal procedure and grievance processes and oversight mechanisms for judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement.  The objectives are to (1) facilitate national public policy education and advocacy campaigns around justice sector reform and access to justice and (2) enable citizens to understand and use justice mechanisms and processes.

PILPG will work closely with several local partners to implement its program.  PILPG’s project is designed to build local capacity in civil society and with grassroots leaders so that they may engage in a national advocacy campaign, based on comprehensive public policy frameworks, led by a local Kosovo policy research center and leveraged through social media to inform and mobilize the public.  

Role of the Chief of Party
PILPG is seeking a professional with at least seven years experience in the field of international law, with particular expertise in criminal procedure law, grievance processes, and oversight mechanisms to serve as the Chief of Party for its Kosovo Project.  The Chief of Party will be based in Prishtina and will work under the supervision of the Project Director of the Kosovo project.

Program Responsibilities 
•    Build and maintain relationships with local partners, including Kosovar Government officials and members of civil society
•    Conduct ongoing consultations to assess the needs of local partners, advocates, and grassroots leaders
•    Facilitate roundtables and workshops
•    Coordinate with the Project Director on the preparation of legal memoranda and other documents required to implement activities including Lessons Learned Reports
•    Strategize with other NGOs, international organizations, and U.S. government offices to ensure complementarity of programming
•    Manage and coordinate the execution of local organization led initiatives
•    Provide substantive direction to PILPG research and legal teams on the drafting of the assessment report, workshop materials, and lessons learned reports
•    Analyze local political conditions and the effectiveness of the project in meeting the stated goals and objectives
•    Communicate and coordinate with consultants on the design and substance of workshops
•    Conduct follow-up meetings with civil society leaders requesting additional information
•    Ensure adherence to requisite U.S. government policies and procedures
•    Oversee the development, review, and timely submission of project-related materials, including regular reports that measure and evaluate project results
•    Supervise the work of pro bono law firms and research associates providing legal assistance on the Kosovo project
•    Coordinate closely with PILPG’s Washington, DC office on the overall strategy and development of the project
•    Provide regular briefings to PILPG’s Washington, DC office on political developments and implementation of the program
•    Coordinate and work with other PILPG staff on PILPG initiatives with law firm partners
•    Maintain regular communication with the Project Director, as well as the research team, including conducting weekly Skype calls and drafting monthly updates on project activities

•    Draft materials on the Kosovo project for PILPG’s website and annual reports at the request of senior staff
•    Maintain PILPG’s in-country financial books related to the Kosovo project in accordance with PILPG’s financial policies and procedures manual
•    Develop quarterly project reports that detail project activities and measure and evaluate project results
•    Draft a final project report 
•    Facilitate the visit of an external evaluator for a mid-project and final evaluation

Educational and Professional Qualifications
•    A law degree or other advanced professional degree
•    Demonstrated knowledge of public international law, criminal procedure law, grievance processes, and oversight mechanisms
•    Demonstrated experience working with and developing relationships with civil society leaders
•    A minimum of seven years work experience in international law, including experience with criminal procedure law, grievance processes, and oversight mechanisms Knowledge of and previous experience in Kosovo is highly desirable
•    Prior overseas field work is preferable

Communication and Organizational Skills 
•    Excellent political judgment and the proven ability to develop and carry out program strategy 
•    Strong analytic and organizational skills
•    Ability to manage and provide substantive guidance on work product to a team of research associates and law firm pro bono partners
•    Fluent in English with proven legal writing and editing skills
•    Basic knowledge of Albanian is preferable
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and able to work closely with multiple team members located across the globe
•    Ability to manage effectively multiple activities in a fast-paced environment
•    Responsive, a self-starter, and able to solve problems independently
How to Apply: 
Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruitment@pilpg.org by December 19, 2010.
Include in the subject line: Application: Kosovo Chief of Party 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Getting Their Babel On - Article on Foreign Language Development in the US

The rate at which undergraduate students took foreign language courses in 2009 remained constant compared to three years prior, while the variety of languages offered continued to set records, according to the findings of a survey conducted by the Modern Language Association of America to be released Wednesday.

In raw terms, the number of enrollments -- the metric used by the MLA to capture course participation rather than the number of students studying a language -- grew from 1.57 million in 2006 to 1.68 million in 2009, or 6.6 percent. That percentage growth was about half the one last reported, between 2002 and 2006. “I believe that the exciting takeaway from this report is that more students are studying more languages,” Russell A. Berman, first vice president of the MLA, and professor of German studies and comparative literature at Stanford University, said during a Tuesday call with reporters.

But this growth took place during a period in which the total number of undergraduate students also increased. As a result, the ratio of enrollments in language courses compared to overall student enrollments remained at 2006 levels -- 8.6 per 100 total enrollments. While this level is lower than the high mark of 16.5 enrollments per 100 set in 1965, the current ratio still exceeds those since the early 1970s (except for 2006), and is above the low of 7.3 enrollments per 100 in 1980.

Similarly, the percentage of bachelor's degrees earned in foreign languages (1.16 for every 100 -- 70 percent of which are earned by women) has remained flat since 1980. This rate is also well below the high of 3 percent earned in 1968, according to MLA data. One historical reason for the drop cited by the report's authors, Nelly Furman, David Goldberg, and Natalia Lusin, is the move in the late 1960s away from prescribed core requirements. Distribution requirements, which replaced many core curriculums, have generally demanded less extensive coursework in foreign languages compared to past decades.

The release of the survey results comes amid trying times for foreign languages, with many departments facing cuts, closings, or mergers with other programs. Recently, administrators at the State University of New York at Albany announced that they wanted to close admissions to programs in French, Italian, and Russian. Majors in German and Russian also face extinction at Howard University. Berman described such cuts as “perplexing” given the increasing number of students seeking out such courses, coupled with a decade’s worth of public preoccupation with globalization and international connectedness. “Some administrators are just simply shortsighted,” he said. “It’s a problem of a lack of imagination in parts of higher education leadership.”

This year’s survey, the 22nd produced by the MLA since 1958, tracked undergraduate and graduate course enrollments in languages other than English in fall 2009 at 2,514 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-granting institutions nationwide. These institutions represent 99 percent of the higher education institutions that offer language courses in the U.S. The survey is so comprehensive that it captures not just the most popular languages (Spanish, French, German, and American Sign Language, in that order) but also the seven that had just one student enrolled at any level in 2009 (Albanian, Aymara, Javanese, Kana, Kyrgyz, Malay and Tswana, if you were curious). In all, 232 different languages were taught, which marks a record.

Arabic posted the most vigorous increase in popularity, with 46 percent more enrollments in 2009 than it had three years prior. The showing allowed Arabic to leapfrog from 10th place to 8th on the list of most popular languages. American Sign Language (16.4 percent), Japanese (10.3 percent) and Chinese (18.2 percent) also posted double-digit percent gains. Spanish remained far and away the most popular language, with nearly 865,000 enrollments. Its growth rate was 5.1 percent over 2006.

Top 10 Languages (by enrollment)
Language 2006 2009 % change
Spanish 822,985 864,986 5.1
French 206,426 216,419 4.8
German 94,264 96,349 2.2
American Sign Lang. 78,829 91,763 16.4
Italian 78,368 80,752 3.0
Japanese 66,605 73,434 10.3
Chinese 51,582 60,976 18.2
Arabic 23,974 35,083 46.3
Latin 32,191 32,606 1.3
Russian 24,845 26,883 8.2

The aggregate growth also disguised very different trends in language study among varying types of institutions. Community colleges witnessed the most robust increase, posting 14 percent more enrollments than they had in 2006. Hawaiian and Vietnamese were among the most popular languages at these institutions, though they were absent from the roster of highly subscribed courses at four-year colleges. Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the MLA, said that the growth in language study among two-year colleges could reflect students’ interest in connecting to their heritage or becoming better-equipped to work in nearby communities, among other reasons. “Students are seeing language as an essential part of the toolkit for career readiness,” she said.

Total Language Enrollments
  2006 2009 % change
2-year 366,282 417,448 14.0%
4-year 1,170,558 1,226,481 4.8%
Graduate 40,970 38,237 -6.7%
All 1,577,810 1,682,166 6.6%

At four-year institutions, the growth was more steady, at 4.8 percent. Enrollment in graduate programs, on the other hand, fell 6.7 percent since 2006 -- a drop that caused experts to express worry about the future viability of programs at the college level. “There’s reason to be concerned that some students may be facing restricted access,” said Berman, adding that fewer people with doctorates in languages would translate, eventually, into fewer people to teach those programs. “I think we have to make sure this pipeline remains strong.”

Feal pointed to another troubling trend: colleges preserving more popular and highly subscribed introductory foreign language courses -- which allow students to satisfy core requirements -- while slashing advanced classes. “Four semesters give you a foundation,” which can help students build basic skills in a language, said Feal. The higher levels of language study open higher modes of thought and scholarship because that is where, she continued, “expertise and liberal learning, frankly, are in play.”