Thursday, July 28, 2011

Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Job Title
Department/ Office
Duty Station
Posting Period
20 July 2011-19 August 2011
Job Opening number
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Appeals Division, Office of the Prosecutor.
Under the guidance of the Chief of Appeals or a Senior Appeals Counsel, the incumbent:
Prepares appeals to be heard before the Appeals Chamber of the Tribunal. This will involve handling a wide range of multidisciplinary and complex legal matters involving substantive and procedural issues of international and domestic criminal law, and to a lesser extent, issues related to international humanitarian law (public international law);
Assists in reviewing judgments and orders of the Trial Chambers and contributes to advice on grounds of appeal;
Undertakes analysis and legal research of legislation and jurisprudence, both from national and international jurisdictions;
Reviews trial records and participates in the preparation & drafting of appeal briefs, motions, responses, and legal & factual memoranda as necessary; and, if necessary, attends court with Senior Appeals Counsel and presents oral arguments at hearings before the Appeals Chamber. Assists Senior Appeals Counsel in the preparation of the oral argument and in the presentation of the oral submissions before the Appeals Chamber.
Professionalism – Experience in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, litigation, both brief writing and oral argument, before courts at the superior level in national jurisdictions (i.e., Cour de Cassation, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court); knowledge of procedural and substantive criminal law at the national level; experience in applying legal expertise to diverse range of complex legal issues; analytical skills and ability to conduct comprehensive legal research on a range of issues; proficiency in legal writing and ability to prepare legal briefs & opinions under pressure & short deadlines; ability to balance a number of cases, and work in an efficient & directed manner; ability to present complex legal submissions, oral advocacy skills commensurate with level of experience, to participate in the presentation of large and complicated appellate argument with other counsel before the Appeals Chamber; discretion and sound judgment in applying legal expertise to sensitive, complex legal issues; work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/cases. The incumbent must be proficient in editing legal texts. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Technology Awareness – Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree in law, with specialization in criminal law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law or human rights law. Eligible for admission to practice law in a national jurisdiction is mandatory. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Work Experience
Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible legal experience, in the field criminal law, international criminal law or international humanitarian law. Courtroom advocacy experience is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.
Assessment Method
There will be an assessment test and competency-based interview.
Special Notice
The appointment is limited to ICTY. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
No Fee

To Apply:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DAAD Èmigré Memorial German Internship Program EMGIP – Bundestag 2012

The deadline for the DAAD Èmigré Memorial German Internship Program EMGIP – Bundestag 2012 has been moved to September 15th, 2011. Please be aware that this program is very competitive and students need excellent German skills to participate as their working language during the internship will be German.

Brid Schenkl
Program Officer
DAAD New York
871 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017
212-758-3223 x218

fax: 212-755-5780

EMGIP – Bundestag offers internship opportunities for U.S. and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are 2 months long in positions matching the student’s interest and experience. Interns will be placed within the Verwaltung, preferably with a Sekretariat working for their preferred Ausschuss.  Asides from contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament.

Program Objectives:
DAAD programs are helping to create good will and professional relationships that will help build a solid basis for relations between Germany and North America.
EMGIP Internships were founded in 1965 by Professors Louise Holborn and George Romoser with the assistance of many scholars of German affairs, especially in the social sciences and contemporary history, and with the financial and planning aid of various German offices also interested in encouraging the development of future generations of German experts. In view of the contributions of German émigrés, the experiential program was named Émigré Memorial German Internship Program.

Applicants for EMGIP – Bundestag should possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity as well as some knowledge of the German legislative process.  Participants should be advanced undergraduates or graduate students in fields such as political science, international relations, law, history, economics or German. Students must be able to fully communicate in German.

US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. International students who are enrolled in a full time course of study in the US or Canada may also apply. PhD students and German nationals are not eligible.

Attention graduating seniors:
Successful applicants must hand in a certificate of enrollment for the internship period to ensure student status in Germany or enroll at the Free University as special students.

Language Skills:
Intermediate German skills and above (oral and written) are required as well as the appropriate professional vocabulary. Applicants must submit the DAAD language certificate.

Application Guidelines:
Application forms and up-to-date information about the application process for the EMGIP – internships as well as detailed guidelines are available at

The following documentation is required:
  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Short Essay
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • DAAD Language Certificate
In order to receive an optimal placement you should clearly state your particular interests in the essay. The German Bundestag suggests that you choose a 2 month period between September and mid-December when the Bundestag is in session. Placements during the spring are from May 1st through June 2011. Since the spring session ends in late June, placements typically end in early July for the summer break.

Application Deadline: September 15st, 2011 (postmark)
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  All materials and the correct amount of copies must be submitted on time.

Selection Process:
An independent selection committee of expert academics will be convened by DAAD to screen the applications.  Short listed candidates will be interviewed in German between December and January.

Placement Process:
Once accepted into the program, the administration of the Bundestag will search for an appropriate position for the interns. This process may take a while as the EMGIP Interns will be competing with hundreds of native Germans for the most prestigious placements.

Terms of award:
The successful applicant will receive compensation of approximately €1,500 per month by the German Bundestag. Subsidized health insurance is available through DAAD for a monthly fee.  DAAD can help the interns to obtain housing in Berlin (the average rent for a room is €270/month and for an apartment €420) and make contacts with fellow international interns and German students. All travel expenses are the intern’s responsibility.

Leon Levy Fellow for Refugee Protection at Human Rights First

Human Rights First is seeking a two-year Leon Levy Fellow for the Refugee Protection program in the New York Office. The Leon Levy Fellow will play a key role in developing and overseeing the asylum screening program designed to promote and facilitate pro bono representation in the asylum and immigration adjudication systems.

Many immigrants in removal proceedings—including asylum seekers and others with legitimate claims to lawful immigration status—face the harsh prospect of being removed from the United States simply because they cannot afford competent attorneys. Without a right to government-funded counsel in immigration proceedings, there is a need for legal service providers to partner with law firms to provide pro bono legal representation for these individuals.

About the Leon Levy Foundation Fellowship
The Study Group on Immigrant Representation, led by Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, proposed this fellowship and pilot project, and selected Human Rights First to host it. The project aims to provide adequate counsel for immigrants by challenging the private bar to take on more pro bono asylum cases by creating greater capacity to screen potential clients, conduct intake interviews, place new pro bono cases with law firms, and mentor the pro bono attorneys in that representation. The goal of the Leon Levy Fellowship is to advance pro bono representation to help address the needs of asylum seekers in the area. The Leon Levy Fellow will help Human Rights First build upon its decades of success in operating a pro bono representation program which partners with law firms to obtain immigration status from asylum seekers. Through these combined efforts, and with the help of the Leon Levy Fellow, Human Rights First will continue to improve access to legal counsel for asylum seekers.

• Work with representatives of the New York Immigration Court to coordinate monthly screenings;
• Educate immigration judges about the screening program to ensure their full participation in directing unrepresented indigent asylum seekers to the monthly screenings;
• Assist with the recruitment, coordination, training, and oversight of volunteer attorneys assisting with monthly screenings;
• Conduct screenings, following up with potential clients as needed;
• In coordination with an attorney in the Refugee Protection program, provide guidance and advice to the volunteer attorneys participating in the screening program;
• Assist with consultations and intake interviews for potential clients identified during the monthly screenings;
• Conduct legal research and research on country conditions, as needed, to help identify meritorious claims;
• Assist Human Rights First with the placement of meritorious cases at law firms for pro bono representation;
• Assist with organizing and publicizing trainings for pro bono attorneys representing indigent asylum-seekers, including through the screening program;
• Support other Refugee Protection program work, as needed;
• Work with the Study Group on Immigrant Representation to support the promotion of immigrant representation.


• Admission to the bar in any state, and eligibility to practice law;
• At least one year of legal experience;
• Demonstrated interest in asylum and general immigration law;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Excellent project management skills, capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others;
• Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully and empathically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, particularly those who speak English as a second language;
• Fluency in Spanish and/or French; other languages are also desirable.

ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

START DATE: September 1, 2011

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Please complete the online application found at:
You will be requested to provide:
• Resume (upload)
• Cover letter (upload)
• Writing sample (upload)
• Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)
Please enter Recruitment Code 003 when completing the application.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.


Legal Director at the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre

Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre - Legal Director

The Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (“HKRAC”) was founded 4 years ago and is the only charitable organization dedicated to pro bono legal aid for refugees making claims for asylum before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Hong Kong. In this time, HKRAC has assisted over 800 refugees and their families, and has also established several innovative legal clinical programmes with universities in Hong Kong, successfully advocated fairer procedures at UNHCR and recruited and trained volunteers.

We seek a dedicated and effective lawyer to direct all aspects of refugee legal aid at HKRAC.
Under the supervision of HKRAC’s Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Legal Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of casework management, client representation and advice, advocacy and referrals. S/he is also responsible for the recruitment, training and supervision of Staff Attorneys and Volunteer Caseworkers who are involved in HKRAC’s refugee legal aid project. The Legal Director will supervise up to 5 full time staff members as well as our volunteer caseworkers.

The Legal Director will also work closely with HKRAC’s law firm sponsors. S/he will oversee caseworker trainings and will attend local and international conferences and meetings on behalf of the organization.
The ideal candidate will be energetic, articulate and comfortable interacting with diverse segments of society, from vulnerable clients to corporate sponsors. S/he will enjoy collaborating with HKRAC’s small staff of tireless refugee rights advocates and wider circle of dedicated volunteers and supporters.

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified lawyer in any jurisdiction;
A minimum of 5 years experience in refugee or human rights law;
Experience in managing and supervising staff or volunteers;
Excellent legal research and drafting skills;
Public speaking experience;
A demonstrated commitment and sensitivity toward vulnerable and/or displaced people;
Fluent in both spoken and written English

Please send your CV and Statement of Interest by 12 August 2011 to: with the subject line “Legal Director Position.” Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted from 17 August 2011.

Monday, July 25, 2011

CASBAA launches talent development program

MUMBAI: CASBAA and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC)  have announced the creation of the CGWIC-CASBAA Internship Program.

With seed funding from CGWIC, CASBAA will offer internship opportunities in support of international university students specializing in communications, legal/regulatory and international relations.

Participants will be engaged in hands-on support for CASBAA's mission to “Inform, Represent and Connect” the multichannel TV industry across Asia.

"The development of human capital for the continued growth of the pay television industry is vitally important and we are delighted that CGWIC is providing support for this initiative,” said CASBAA Chairman Marcel Fenez.

The internships will be offered  to qualified applicants  working at the CASBAA headquarters in Hong Kong or at participating member companies’ locations.

The internship opportunities will be posted on the CASBAA website and further announced through general CASBAA communications.

CGWIC President of satellite launch specialist Yin Li Ming said, "Identifying talented youngsters  and providing them with professional experience will help to grow a  collaborative culture. We hope other CASBAA member firms will join us in expanding this program  in Asia and beyond."


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chatham House International Law Internship Programme

The International Law Programme is looking for two post-graduate international law students or lawyers to gain direct exposure to the work and management of a leading think-tank with a multinational presence. The successful applicants will acquire significant experience in research, event management, and general office duties.

We are looking for people with knowledge of public international law, who are well organized, capable, flexible and keen to make the most out of this opportunity.

International law interns gain exposure to a wide variety of public international law issues. For one of the positions we are looking for someone who is interested in contributing to detailed empirical research on China's role within the UN Human Rights Council.

International law interns gain exposure to a wide variety of public international law issues. For one of the positions we are looking for someone who is interested in contributing to detailed empirical research on China's role within the UN Human Rights Council.

Application details:

This opportunity would be for a period of three months. Although flexible, we are ideally looking for someone who can commit to 1-2 days a week.

Please state your availability in your application.

Other information:

These positions are unpaid. The successful candidates will have access to a wide range of Chatham House events and activities on a variety of international affairs related topics, as well as access to the Chatham House library. Travel expenses (Zones 1 & 2 only) will be paid for the days worked and lunch will be provided in the staff canteen.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an informal interview at Chatham House which will be held on Monday, 5 September.

To Apply: 

Please send a CV, a covering letter and the contact details of two referees to:
Alis Martin:
Start date: mid-September 2011End date: mid-December 2011
This is an unpaid position

Interesting Article: Lawyers have to bridge the gap in a split legal system

Lawyers have to bridge the gap in a split legal system

Jul 24, 2011 
The legal system in the UAE involves one of the most mixed jurisdictions in the world. The dual legal system of civil and Sharia law has been extended even farther to include common law. The question is whether these unique legal systems will all survive, given the divisions between them.
So the challenge for lawyers practising here is to work within - and ensure the continuity of - these mixed jurisdictions.
The terms "mixed legal systems" and "mixed jurisdictions" cover countries in which two or more legal systems apply concurrently or interactively. These legal systems include civil, common, customary and Sharia law. The UAE belongs to the tiny minority of countries that rely on a mixed system of civil and Sharia law - as well as common law as practised in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts.
The introduction of common law into the legal system has moved the UAE to a more exclusive subcategory of legal systems known as the "Third Legal Family", which covers mixed systems of common law and civil law.
The core principles of law in the UAE are drawn from Sharia, while most of the legislation is a mix of Islamic and European concepts of civil law, which have a common root in the Egyptian legal code established in the late 19th century. The structure of the legal system is complex with Sharia and civil courts operating in parallel, but covering different areas of the law.
To adapt to the needs of economic growth and other developments, the UAE amended its constitution to allow the establishment of the DIFC in September 2004 as a gateway for global capital and investment. DIFC operates under a unique legal and regulatory framework that permits its own civil and commercial laws modelled on principles of common law.
A critical aspect of the DIFC courts is that they operate under an independent judiciary with jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes relating to the DIFC. The courts' official language is English.
The common law applied in the DIFC comes from the legal tradition that evolved in England starting in the 11th century. Its principles derive for the most part from judgments, usually by the higher courts, in relation to precedents from similar disputes.
The separate jurisdiction of DIFC courts from local UAE courts helps to protect them from being melded together. The preservation of different languages, cultures and institutions within a mixed legal system can help to ensure its evolution.
Equally important to the survival and development of a mixed legal system, however, is the awareness of judges, lawyers, legislators and academics of the distinct legal traditions of each system. Practitioners must be committed to defend, and indeed celebrate, the integrity of each of those traditions.
A problem in the UAE's mixed legal systems is that expatriate lawyers who are qualified in Europe, the US or elsewhere are challenged by working in a legal system based on Sharia with the official language of Arabic; equally, UAE-licensed lawyers who practise in the local courts view common-law practitioners as interlopers. For those lawyers, the civil law, like the Arabic language, must be protected from the intrusions of the common law.
Lawyers from the two systems rarely meet unless a contentious case is referred by an international law firm to a UAE lawyer for the local courts. Also, UAE-licensed lawyers can now plead cases in DIFC courts if they have a good command of English.
As a UAE-licensed lawyer and a registered practitioner in the DIFC, I have been dealing with mixed jurisdictions since my first internship with an international law firm in Dubai 15 years ago. In our day-to-day work, we practise civil law, Sharia law and common law in DIFC courts.
So why the distance between UAE-licensed lawyers and qualified expatriate lawyers? The very nature of the mixed system calls for cooperation.
In my opinion the separate licensing procedures and regulations are the main reason. The UAE Federal Law on Legal Profession No 23 of 1991 regulates the practise of lawyers before local courts; the Code of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, which entered into force in November 2009, regulates lawyers in DIFC courts. But expatriate lawyers who work as legal consultants - the majority of the legal practitioners in the UAE - are not regulated by any law.
Legal education is another reason for the chasm between practitioners in the two systems. Students should be taught a mix of courses that give them knowledge of civil, Sharia and common law. But most schools focus exclusively on the distinction between civil and common law. Legal education continues to be the most challenging task in the UAE in the absence of a higher-education policy to harmonise the existing systems.
Last and not least is the role of legal associations as a venue to debate important issues of their respective practices. Lawyers should be discussing among themselves legal proposals to develop the mixed legal system and ensure its longevity.
We need to work towards legal harmonisation, rather than unification, to preserve our distinctive system rather than enact new laws or transplant new rules. Practitioners in civil, Sharia and common law should all engage in the evolution of our legal system.

Diana Hamade is an Emirati lawyer and legal consultant. She is the founder of International Advocate Legal Services in Dubai

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Policy Analyst at Open Society Foundation

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities. 

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each Foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.
The International Advocacy Director’s office provides strategic support and co-ordination to the Foundations’ initiatives to influence policy change at the international, regional and national level. The Policy Analyst for International Affairs will help design and implement campaigns for change by providing assessments and analysis and by supporting the Director with briefings and correspondence.

The policy analyst will:
- Provide analysis and briefings to the International Advocacy Director on a wide range of open society issues. These might include emerging political and security situations around the world, challenges to political rights, exclusion and xenophobia, and issues around transparency and accountability.
- Monitor specific security, development and foreign policy initiatives by international organizations and national governments.
- Monitor and follow the preparations for periodic multilateral discussions and conferences, including in various UN bodies, G8, G22, OECD and others.
- Identify emerging policy issues for consideration by the office.
- Prepare and write diverse documents for internal and external use, including summaries, issue briefs, reports, newsletter, blogs and speeches.
- Assist with advocacy in crisis situations.
- Support the Director by reviewing correspondence, participating in meetings, maintaining records, and managing the flow of information about meeting outcomes and follow-up on decisions.
- Undertake special projects as necessary.

- Degree in relevant field (international affairs, development).
- Work experience in security, political or human rights related sectors. Work experience in an international setting an advantage.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to analyse complex political issues.
- Proven ability to seek and synthesise data from a variety of sources at short notice.
- High degree of flexibility and willingness to work as a generalist on a wide range of issues.
- Excellent organisational and planning skills.
- Self-motivated and curious – with good judgment.
- Fluency in one international language in addition to English an advantage, particularly Arabic, French or Russian.
- Strong computer skills.

COMPENSATION: £32,000-£38,000. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply
Please email resume and cover letter before 7th August2011, to:
Include job code in subject line: POLAN/IA. Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages.

First interviews will take place on 5 September 2011 in London. Only candidates who are available to attend an interview on this date should apply. All candidates selected for this interview will be notified by 1 September 2011.

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Legal Intern at Rights for All

Rights for All is a non for profit grassroot NGO committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the CEMAC zone.

We are currently looking for a legal intern from August/ September onwards for a period of two to six months.

Job Summary
One of the main aims is to help raise awareness so that ordinary Cameroonian people understand their rights and what protection they are legally entitled to in certain situations. Your role in this will involve various activities as follows:
1. Raising awareness in rural communities
2. Preparing leaflets, posters or educational tools
3. Running training programs
4. Planning promotional campaigns
5. Legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses
6. Assist and cooperate with pro bono lawyers

Your work will be important for the growth of human rights in Central Africa.

In addition, you will be required to undertake other administrative duties as required by the post and any task that may be assigned to you from time to time by the Executive Director or the Programme Director.

The successful candidate will have significant, hands-on experience in legal assistance and/or human rights. Opportunities to learn other skills necessary for non-profit work exist for the right candidate.

Place and Hours of Work: The position will be at the Rights for All office in Yaoundé, Cameroon on a full-time basis throughout the duration of the internship.

Required Skills/Experience:
1. Applicants should have a strong interest in human rights and its related issues
2. A legal background is an advantage
3. English mandatory, French and other languages are an advantage
4. Demonstrate strong interest in human rights and its related issues
5. IT proficiency

Desired Skills/Experience:
1. Fluent French
2. Prior experience in a similar position

Services we offer:
1. Accommodation
2. French (or English) language courses
3. Career advice
4. Support in the visa application process
5. Airport pickup
6. Advice on cultural behaviours and how to get integrated in the community. Also insurance, banking and telephone/Internet counselling.

There is a small internship fee. For more information, please visit our internship page.

Please send your application letter and CV to Please also include the period you will be available to intern with Rights For All.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Save the Date: International Law Weekend in New York

On October 20-22, 2011, the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association will present the annual International Law Weekend (“ILW”) in New York City.  Hofstra Law annually co-sponsors this program, which allows our students to attend free of charge.

ILW 2011 will bring together hundreds of practitioners, professors, representatives of government and NGO organizations, and law students.  It is a great conference that you don't want to miss if you're interested in international law.  Click here for more information about the International Law Weekend in New York City.

Bosch Fellowship Opportunities

The Robert Bosch Foundation and CDS International invite US professionals to apply for the 2012-2013 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program. Twenty Bosch Fellows will complete a nine-month professional development program consisting of two high-level work phases in major German institutions and three seminars throughout Europe.

- High-level work experience in German institutions including the federal government and parliament, private corporations, print and broadcast media, law firms and NGOs.
- Travel, seminars and networking events throughout Europe -- fellows meet with key decision-makers in the public and private sectors, gaining an in-depth understanding of current issues facing the European Union and Germany
- EUR 2,000 monthly stipend and compensation package including health, accident and liability insurance and coverage of transatlantic and program-related travel costs; additional funding is available for families
- Intensive German language training provided as needed in US and Germany up to seven months prior to program start in September 2012. No German language skills required at time of application.
- Incredible networking opportunities with over 460 Robert Bosch Fellowship Alumni.

Candidates should be US citizens between the ages of 23 and 34 with 2+ years of relevant work experience in their proposed field of work they wish to pursue in Germany. Candidates should have a graduate degree completed or in progress in the following fields: business administration, journalism, law, public policy and related fields. Applicants without graduate degrees are can apply provided they have several years (ca. 5) of relevant work experience in their respective field.

The application deadline is October 15, 2011. For further information and to access the online application, please visit our website:

Required Documents:
-Completed application
-Official transcript of graduate studies (or of undergraduate if applicant has no graduate level transcript)
-A personal statement (850 words – approx. 1 ½ pages single spaced) describing their interest in transatlantic relations, short- and long-term career plans, and objectives for the proposed stay in Germany. It is essential to describe the experience the applicant hopes to acquire in the work phases and seminars of the Bosch program, researching and proposing institutions and/or companies for both work phases (public and private sectors).
-2 letters of recommendation

For more information about the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program or application process please contact:

CDS International, Inc.
Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
440 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel. (212) 497-3527
Fax. (212) 497-3586

$16 Million Settlement Comes as Report Predicts Uptick in FCPA Actions


After years of explosive growth in the number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement actions, the pace looks to have fallen off in the first half of 2011. But don't expect the slowdown to last.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced a non-prosecution agreement with Florida-based Armor Holdings Inc. in which the company admitted to funneling bribes to a United Nations official to secure contracts to supply body armor to U.N. peacekeepers. As part of the agreement, Armor will pay more than $10 million in fines to the DOJ and $5.7 million in disgorgement and penalties to the SEC. A former Armor Holdings employee, Richard Bistrong, pleaded guilty in 2009 to related charges.

The bribery scheme predates Armor Holding's 2007 sale to London-based BAE Systems Plc. BAE Systems faced its own bribery scandal, paying almost $450 million in fines and penalties to British and U.S. regulators in 2010 to resolve foreign bribery allegations spanning the Atlantic.

Counsel for Armor Holdings, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Roger Witten, declined to comment. A spokesperson for BAE Systems did not return a call seeking comment.

Also on Wednesday, the DOJ indicted a different Florida company, Cinergy Telecommunications, and three of its employees, in an ongoing bribery case against Miami-based telecom companies charged with making $1 million in illegal payments to Haitian government officials. Two defendants in a related case are scheduled to be tried this week in Miami federal court.

The announcements suggest this year's lull in new enforcement actions is coming to an end. As of June 30, the DOJ brought just 8 actions and the SEC brought just 9, compared to 48 and 26, respectively, in all of 2010, according to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's newly released midyear FCPA update. (Read the report here.)
The report attributes the decline to a lack of DOJ resources in recent months, as prosecutors focused on a rare blitz of FCPA jury trials (with mixed success, as we reported here and the Blog of Legal Times reported here).

"With teams of DOJ prosecutors tied up for more than 50 courtroom days in the bi-coastal FCPA trials of eight defendants during the first half of 2011, it is little wonder that enforcement actions have been initiated during the past six months at a slower pace than the regulators had set in recent years," the Gibson Dunn lawyers wrote. "Few predict, however, that the surge of FCPA enforcement activity is now subsiding, and we are not among them."

This article first appeared on The Am Law Litigation Daily blog on

Leading Russian Firm Merges to Create Region's Largest Legal Business

Leading Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners will acquire 100-lawyer pan-Commonwealth of Independent States practice Magisters in the region's largest-ever law firm merger, the firms jointly announced Tuesday. The combined business, which will operate under the Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAP) name, will comprise 27 partners and more than 300 lawyers.

Dimitry Afanasiev, chairman of Moscow-based EPAP, says that his firm needed to merge in order to sustain its growth.

"This merger is unprecedented for our market," he tells The Am Law Daily. "We [will be] a step ahead of any national or international law firm in size, market penetration and regional coverage in Russia and the CIS."
Magisters was originally established in Ukraine in 1997 and has expanded aggressively throughout the CIS in recent years, merging with firms in Russia and Belarus and establishing additional greenfield offices in Kazakhstan and London.

EPAP's move to merge with Magisters follows the 2008 launch of Goltsblat BLP, which was established through the merger of a 70-lawyer corporate team from Russian firm Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners and U.K.-based Berwin Leighton Paisner. (The lawyers who remained behind have since rebranded their business as the Pepeliaev Group.)

An article in a recent issue of sibling publication The American Lawyer's Focus Europe supplement explored whether more Russian firms will join forces to ensure their long-term survival.

This article first appeared on The Am Law Daily blog on

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Policy Advisor at Amnesty International

Job Reference
Policy Adviser
Law and Policy
Law and Policy
Amnesty International is seeking a Policy Adviser. 

As Policy Adviser you will work closely with country and thematic researchers, advocates and campaigners in the International Secretariat and sections and structures on the application and development of AI’s human rights policies with regard to research projects, advocacy initiatives, and campaigns. You will be expected to develop specific areas of expertise within the programme. You will also work with senior legal and policy advisers and assistant advisers to ensure effective, coherent and timely approvals and consultations.
You will have demonstrated excellent research, analytical and writing skills as well as strong advisory and communication skills. You will have experience of planning, organizing and prioritising work under pressure and to deadlines. Excellent team skills are essential in this position. You will also have excellent external representational skills. You will have outstanding written and verbal English and the ability to work in Spanish.

You will have professional experience in human rights or a related field. You will have the ability to formulate coherent policies based on a detailed understanding of human rights principles and AI’s core values. You will have good knowledge of law, politics, international relations or other fields related to human rights. 
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people standing up for human rights. We are independent and impartial and our campaigning is based on accurate and timely research. Our network extends to more than two million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries around the world. Each one of us is outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world – and together we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity.
Job Summary
JOB PURPOSE: To provide advice regarding AI’s policy position on a specified area of Human Rights, and to draft policy documents recommending a position for the organization on new or emerging human rights issues – supporting the Senior Policy Advisers in translating legal analysis into actions for the Movement

To provide leadership in the areas of legal standard-setting, developments in international and post-conflict justice, human rights jurisprudence, international humanitarian law, effective implementation of the law and the development and application of human rights policy.
To provide legal and policy advice and analysis to the International Secretariat and the movement to ensure the accuracy of the analysis and application of law and policy and thus maximizing impact.

Ensure that Amnesty International maintains its pre-eminent position in the field of human rights legal and policy analysis.

AIIS PURPOSE: The International Secretariat, which operates from a number of sites around the world, gathers and communicates accurate and action-oriented human rights information globally. We campaign for meaningful human rights change; enable effective human rights activism and work to persuade governments and other actors to uphold universal human rights standards.  We provide strategic leadership, support and advice to the Amnesty International movement globally, fostering Amnesty International’s contribution, presence and public accountability throughout the world.

Reporting to: Senior Legal Adviser with Management Responsibility for International Law and Policy

Posts that this job manages: None
Other key relationships: Senior Director for International Law and Policy, the PD of Law and Policy, Senior legal and policy advisers, staff in other programs (international advocacy, global thematic issues, regions, communications, campaigns, research methods and standards, human rights strategy and gender, sexuality and identity), legal advisers, assistant legal and policy advisers and case manager in the programme, AI sections and structures, key human rights actors outside AI, e.g. within the NGO community, the UN system, the field of international law and policy and academia.

The Policy Advisers will be members of a team of legal and policy advisers who will support the development of AI’s legal and policy work proactively through working with a senior legal or policy advisers on specific initiatives and ensure that the approvals process within the Amnesty Movement results in the strongest possible documents and advocacy and campaigning tools.

The Policy Advisers will work closely with country and thematic researchers, advocates and campaigners in the IS and sections and structures on the application and development of AI’s human rights policies with regard to research projects, advocacy initiatives, and campaigns.

The Policy Advisers will be expected to develop specific areas of expertise within the programme. Role holders will be recruited with experience in specific areas of human rights – to ensure a balance of knowledge across the team.

Work with senior legal and policy advisers and assistant advisers to ensure effective, coherent and timely approvals and consultations.

Must be available to travel; required to participate in some international AI meetings.

LOCATION: London or  as agreed by the Programme Director
Job Description
1. To support Senior Policy Advisers in the development of proposed policy positions, and the application of AI’s legal analysis to human rights situations, drafting policy proposals that will translate analysis into action that will develop and implement AI’s strategic goals and global campaigns, drawing on international law, AI precedent, and best practice of other agencies.

2. Provide advice on the application of AI’s policy to country and thematic specialists and others at the IS and the wider Movement, in order to contribute to the consistent, accurate, timely and impartial documentation and presentation of Amnesty International’s concerns.

3. Approve and write materials for external and internal publication related to existing and emerging human rights issues and other themes related to AI's concerns (including external documents, briefing and discussion papers, AI policy guidelines) and assisting in the preparation/writing of country/thematic reports as required to contribute to ensure policy is consistently applied and published – referring to Senior Policy Advisers for more detailed expertise where appropriate.

4. Contribute to the maintenance and availability of comprehensive reference materials relating to the development and application of AI's policies in order to facilitate its consistent and innovative application.

5. Represent AI for a related to areas of expertise (as requested) to raise public awareness of AI and its concerns, and position AI at the forefront of the human rights movement.

6. Manage small project teams on specific areas, and participate in crisis response and other project teams as appropriate.

7. Support the management of the Law and Policy Programme within agreed areas of responsibility and contribute to the overall smooth running of the programme.
What does success look like in this job?
1. The Law and Policy Programme deliver timely advice on law and policies which contribute to strategies that promote the rules of law and respect for human at the international, regional, state and local level.
2. The Law and Policy Programme provide timely, clear and accessible legal and policy advice to IS staff, the AI movement and partners throughout the world to enable AI and its partners to actively shape the global human rights agenda.
3. The Law and Policy Program provide expert analysis and advice to ensure that AI can initiate and lead in responding to crises or emerging opportunities.
4. The Law and Policy Program represent AI effectively externally where a high profile is needed, whether in the field, with international organizations or other settings or provide the expertise for other AI staff to represent AI in these venues.
5. The Policy Adviser effectively manages any staff allocated to them on an ad hoc to deliver specific projects as defined in light of AI’s priorities.
6. The Law and Policy Programme develops and maintains strong relationships within the IS, the AI movement and key external stakeholders who see the programme as a source of expert, timely, accessible and clear advice and judgment.
Skills & Experience
1. Professional experience in human rights or a related field
2. Ability to formulate coherent policies based on a detailed understanding of human rights principles and AI’s core values
3. Good knowledge of law, politics, international relations, or other fields related to human rights
4. Demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills
5. Strong advisory and communication skills
6. Excellent team skills
Terms and Conditions
Salary: Full time salary of £41,124 per annumHours: 35 hours per weekLocation: London Contract duration: Fixed term contract of two years in durationHolidays: Full time staff receive 27 days per annum plus two Amnesty International grace day and statuatory and national public holidays.Office hours: 09.30 - 17.30 or 10.00 - 18.00 by arrangementLife insurance: Amnesty International provide a Death in Service benefit of 4 x gross salary.Pension: After six consecutive months of service staff are automatically enrolled in the Amnesty International Superannuation Scheme. This is a defined contribution to which Amnesty International contributes 7.5% of gross salary and will match individual employee contributions up to an additional 3%.Probation: A six month probation period will be included in the contract for this position.Relocation: A generous relocation assistance package will be available for staff members (and their dependents) recruited from over 80km/50 miles from the International Secretariat office in which the post is based.Work Permit: Should it be possible to obtain a UK work permit for this post? Individuals should ascertain their eligibility to work in the UK in this post before applying for a London based job with Amnesty International by using the points based calculator at and Safety: All staff are required to comply with Amnesty International's policy and rules relating to Health and Safety and its security regulations at work.
Equality Statement
Equality and diversity is at the core of our values and staff, volunteers and interns are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.
Conflict of Interest
Public or other activity, affiliation to or support for any group or organization, personal association or other factor which may generate a real or perceived conflict of interest with AI's principles (specifically independence and impartiality), or raise a security concern, or otherwise prevent the candidate from carrying out key functions of the specific post and would therefore disqualify the candidate from being appointed.
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