Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Policy Director at Immigration Equality

Immigration Equality’s high-performance policy team is expanding. We are recruiting a new Policy Director who will build on our team’s core strength to take full advantage of opportunities to advance our agenda within the federal government over the next year and beyond. 

Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality is the country’s premiere legal aid and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive immigrants and their families. Immigration Equality works to end discrimination against LGBT people in U.S. immigration law through education, outreach, and advocacy. Immigration Equality’s pro bono asylum project represents LGBT people fleeing persecution with the participation of more than 40 top national law firms. In 2009, Immigration Equality created the Immigration Equality Action Fund, a 501(c)(4), to expand its federal legislative advocacy.

We currently have a first-rate Legislative Director, and seek to build a bigger team that can design and execute an effective, nimble administrative advocacy strategy. We are recruiting the perfect person to manage, grow and lead this expanded policy team. The remainder of this presidential term is an extraordinary window of opportunity, and the organization is committed to putting resources into this area.

  • A senior strategist on administrative advocacy. Someone to join our strong senior management team and help create a strategy that will win maximal results from the current administration.
  • A first-rate manager. A track record of hiring excellent staff and managing them for success is a necessity; candidates must have experience managing a team of at least four. The new Policy Director will initially supervise a team of three and we expect this number to grow.
  • A leader in the organization. The new Policy Director will join a senior programmatic team comprised of Immigration Equality’s Communications Director and Legal Director, along with highly effective Development and Operations Directors. The senior team will look to this new colleague as a partner in ensuring Immigration Equality’s success by all of its benchmarks – fundraising, strategic planning, budgeting, and achievement of its core legal and policy goals.
  • A coalition builder. IE’s success is contingent on its ability to work with others – from government agencies to the White House to colleague organizations in the LGBT and immigration movements.
  • A trusted spokesperson. The Policy Director should be able to represent the organization publicly in all settings as needed: at donor events, on conference panels, with foundations, and in the media.
  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of the White House and at least one of the following agencies: Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of State.
  • Experience successfully advancing administrative policy at/inside at least one of those agencies
  • Experience managing a team of at least five direct reports.
  • Comfort with a fast moving, high-energy organization with an open plan office.
  • Experience working in an organization with multiple locations preferred.
  • Knowledge of immigration law and politics, as well as LGBT issues.
Immigration Equality is an affirmative action employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization committed to an open plan office. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.
Immigration Equality is a mission-driven organization full of smart, dedicated people. If you want to work at the cutting edge of the two most potent civil rights issues of our time, and do it with terrific colleagues in a fast-paced, nimble organization that seeks results, this is the place for you.
Submit a detailed cover letter and resume to with Policy Director in the subject line.

No phone calls.

ASIL Helton Fellowships - Application Process Now Open

The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a remarkable ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others.

Funded in part by contributions from ASIL members and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts, and scholars of international law.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to contribute to paying for logistics, housing and living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow’s international law fieldwork and research in affiliation with the sponsoring organization.

Fellows must undertake their fieldwork between April 2012 and September 2012 in association with an established educational institution, international organization, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs.

The Helton Fellowship Program seeks applicants in the early stages of their academic and professional careers who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions to the use and study of international law around the world.

Law students, practicing lawyers, human rights professionals, scholars, and other individuals seeking assistance in conducting international fieldwork and law-related research are encouraged to apply.
Applicants can be of any nationality but must be current law students or have graduated from law school (at either the undergraduate or graduate levels) no earlier than December 2009.

As mentioned above, applicants must also be sponsored or affiliated, for purposes of completing their project, in some way with an educational institution, international organization, or non-governmental organization working in international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, or related areas.

Applicants should have contacted the sponsoring organization to discuss their proposal prior to applying for the Helton Fellowship. The name of the sponsoring organization and contact information for its representatives must be included in the application.

Individuals pursuing independent research or fieldwork are not eligible for Helton Fellowships.
Applicants should also identify other potential sources of funding, including their own, to cover costs related to their fieldwork. ASIL does not assist in securing organizational sponsoring or alternative funding for Fellows.

In acknowledgement of Arthur Helton’s commitment to human rights and humanitarian affairs in the field, preferential consideration may be given to applications demonstrating a significant fieldwork component as well as those involving the human rights of refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations. Applications for fieldwork in the area of international criminal law and international humanitarian law are also encouraged.

Application website:

International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Announcing the Second International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition

Click here for online submission form.
Click here to download the competition poster.
Please note that Competition Rules and Regulations were updated on November 15, 2011.
The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL) are pleased to once again announce the second International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. Learn more about last year’s competition, winners, and jury.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law's Lieber Society seek submissions of papers for the second International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. This competition aims to enhance scholarship among students in international humanitarian law and deepen understanding within this increasingly prevalent field.

  • Students must currently be enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school
  • Students may choose a legal topic related to international humanitarian law
    Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English
  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 15, 2012, by 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • Articles should be submitted online as Microsoft Word attachments. Each person submitting a paper must fill out and submit an online Submission Form. Students experiencing difficulty using the form should email questions to Only papers submitted through the online form will be considered.
  • Students will receive an e-mail confirmation that their submission was received no later than 24 hours after the submission deadline and should contact the organizers in the event they do not receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • For complete Competition rules, click here (updated on November 15, 2011, see Rule 1).
The two winning authors will present their papers at an expert conference in Spring 2012 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, with travel and accommodation expenses covered, will receive a complimentary registration at the ASIL Annual Meeting on March 28-31, 2012 in Washington, DC, and will receive a one-year student membership with ASIL.

Q. Can I submit a paper co-written with another student?
A. No, each paper can have only one author/applicant. We do not accept co-authored papers.

Q. Is the Competition open to S.J.D. and Ph.D. students?
A. No, only current J.D. and LL.M. students at U.S. law schools or their foreign equivalents are eligible for the Competition.

Q. I am graduating in December 2011. Am I eligible to apply?
A. Yes, students completing their legal studies in December 2011 may submit a paper for the Competition.

Q. Can I submit a paper that I wrote for another purpose?
A. You may submit a paper that was written for a class, seminar, or other purpose as long as you were the sole author and it has not been published.

Q. When is my submission due?
A. Submissions are due on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. If you are not submitting from within the US Eastern time zone, please take care to plan accordingly. Submissions received after February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST will not be considered.

Monday, November 28, 2011

European Union Representation for the International Federation for Human Rights

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH – seeks to hire its representative to the European Union in Brussels.

The representative will be responsible for the definition and implementation of FIDH advocacy activities before the European Union's institutions, under the supervision of FIDH's director for Intergovernmental organizations.

Specific responsibilities will include:
  • Defining and implementing FIDH’s advocacy activities to the EU, which include:
ü informing EU institutions and decision makers on FIDH's activities and productions;
ü designing, and implementing strategic advocacy on specific country situations or thematic policies;
ü setting-up and guidance of advocacy visits of human rights defenders to the EU institutions, while training defenders for a sustained interaction;
ü drafting, publishing and discussing advocacy notes, open letters and press releases on country situations and/or issues related to FIDH's thematic priorities;
ü evaluating the influence of EU's external policy on the promotion and respect of human rights in third countries.
  • Interacting with FIDH’s geographic and thematic desks based in Paris and around the world, in order to define EU advocacy strategies, and to inform FIDH's partner and member organisations on the EU's policies which impact on human rights in third countries.
  • Reporting on and evaluating FIDH's activities to the EU, through its dedicated reporting system.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Minimum requirement of a Master (or J.D.) in law, political sciences, or international relations, with a excellent knowledge of international human rights law, and the UN institutions;
- At least 4 to 5 years of relevant professional experience, notably on human rights advocacy at the EU level or in an international environment;
- Excellent and proven oral and written skills;
- Written and spoken fluency in English and French. Spanish and other languages are a plus.
- Ability to represent FIDH's work and partners at a high level and in the media;
- Strong sense of initiative, ability to think conceptually and creatively;
- Ability to manage a small team;
Salary: depending on professional background
Contract: permanent and full-time position
Please submit your application (Curriculum and cover letter and reference REU 11 11) by email to Marie-France BURQ mfburq@fidh.orgDeadline for application: December 5th 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LGBT Rights Lawyer at Interights in London

Interights is seeking applications from lawyers working on lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights. This internship focuses on LGBTI in Africa with the aim of developing INTERIGHTS strategic work in the region.
The six month internship will begin in early April – September 2012.
This full-time placement will provide an opportunity for a lawyer with knowledge of LGBTI issues and relevant law to develop their legal skills whilst assisting our programme with:
  • Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice with respect to the protection of LGBTI rights
  • Preparation of materials for legal trainings and meetings on the application and development of equality standards in this context
  • Supporting the further development of Interights’ LGBTI work
  • Providing support to the Africa LGBTI Rights Lawyers’ Network
Where possible, the intern may attend meetings with human rights practitioners, human rights lectures in London or at other universities, or visit other international or national human rights organisations based in London.
Interights will arrange and pay for travel, travel insurance and visa costs. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300. Accommodation is not provided but Interights can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3 January 2012.
Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone.
Due to the high number of applications for our vacancies we are unable to contact applicants that have not been short listed.
Interights is committed to equal opportunities.
Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read the attached person specification. To apply please send a covering letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two referees, a completed equality and diversity monitoring form and a recent unedited writing sample of no more than two thousand words. Applications should be sent to:
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3 January 2012.

Legal Intern 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 toassist with legal research for our organization. You will be mature, motivated and interested in the linkages between the law and the internet, as well as sustainability and enterprise.
You should have no less than 20 hours 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. We do support applications for credit under mutually agreed circumstances.
If you’d like to be part of a forward-thinking 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.
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.
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 with cover letter, resume, writing samples and time availability.
We will fill this position on a rolling basis until we identify the best candidates.

General Electric International Law & Policy Fellowship

General Electric’s Global Government Affairs & Policy group is seeking qualified candidates for its R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship program. GGA&P overseas GE’s engagement on public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets. Our Fellows are involved in every aspect of our operations.
Hiring Organization: 
Job Posting Date: 
November 22, 2011
Job Closing Date: 
December 23, 2011
Experience Required: 
Qualifications/Requirements: Basic Qualifications: - Minimum of Bachelors degree in related subject area (graduate or law degree preferred)

Eligibility Requirements: - Must be available for a minimum 1 year, full time (40 hours/week) commitment - Eligible to work in the US for entire one year of fellowship without sponsorship

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.

Desired Characteristics: - Strong academic and professional credentials - Expert- level proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - Solid research and analytical skills - Strong written and verbal communication skills - International experience - Foreign language skills - An interest in international law - Adaptable and familiarity with GE’s worldwide operations - Self-starter and strong work ethic
Job Duties: 
General Electric’s Global Government Affairs & Policy group is seeking qualified candidates for its R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship program. GGA&P overseas GE’s engagement on public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets. Our Fellows are involved in every aspect of our operations.

Essential Responsibilities - Research current global issues in international trade law and policy, climate change, energy production, rule of law, R&D, etc - Attend Washington-area briefings and meetings relevant to GE - Write memoranda and conduct legal research and analysis; create and edit presentation and briefing materials for the policy team - Assist GE trade experts and lawyers on various ongoing initiatives related to international law, trade, export controls and policy matters - Assist office administrative functions

Apply Online:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

100,000 Strong: Student Resources for Studying in China

Any student can potentially be part of 100,000 Strong! The 100,000 Strong Initiative ( works to help educational organizations and institutions increase their funding so that they can offer more opportunities for study abroad, and more financial aid and scholarships to students. There are a wide variety of programs for people who want to study in China, including a number of U.S. Government-sponsored programs, as well as scholarships offered by the Chinese government. Students should consult with their local schools, colleges, and universities about the range of opportunities that may be available and explore a variety of resources on funding and programs.

Note: Including mention of programs (other than U.S.-Government sponsored programs) on this fact sheet does not constitute U.S. Department of State or U.S. Government endorsement of these programs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What U.S. Government Programs Exist to Help Me Study in China?
Information about these and other U.S. Government-sponsored study abroad opportunities can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website:
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program ( The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study or conduct research abroad for one academic year. Additional funding is available for critical language study.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program ( The Gilman Program provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduates with financial need for study abroad, including students from diverse backgrounds and students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations.
  • Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) ( The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven- to- ten weeks overseas. U.S. undergraduate, masters and doctoral students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply for scholarships in one of thirteen critical languages.
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) ( NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships to American high school students and recent high school graduates to study seven critical languages overseas for the summer or an academic year through a combination of classroom instruction, applied learning opportunities, peer relationships, and host family experiences.
  • Boren Scholarships ( Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.
  • The Language Flagship ( Flagship Centers and Flagship Partner Programs offer students intensive language instruction to enhance their academic degrees through the achievement of superior-level language proficiency and cultural competence. Programs are available at both undergraduate and graduate levels and include periods of rigorous language and cultural immersion at Overseas Flagship Centers. The Language Flagship also funds a select number of pilot K–12 programs designed to provide an articulated path of language instruction for students from elementary school through college and graduate school.
How Can I Find Out More About Other Programs in China?
  • The Institute of International Education (IIE) ( IIE maintains a database for undergraduate and graduate programs for study abroad.
  • Zinch ( Zinch, a private U.S. information management company with operations in China, offers an independent and free website for U.S. students looking for information about studying in China.
How Can I Connect with Other Students Who Have Studied in China?
  • Project Pengyou ( In support of the 100,000 Strong Initiative, the Golden Bridges Foundation launched a new online platform – Project Pengyou – to connect Americans that have lived and studied in China.
What are Some Good Programs for Students Traditionally Underrepresented in Study Abroad?
In addition to the U.S.-Government-sponsored programs listed above, below are some resources on study abroad for students who have traditionally been underrepresented in this area.
  • Community College Students: This Initiative seeks community college partners to pilot a “mini-mester” program in China designed for community college students who cannot take a full summer or semester away from home, work, or school.
  • HBCU Students: Interested students may wish to contact the Thurgood Marshall College Fund ( or the United Negro College Fund ( Both are working hard to identify and expand opportunities for minority students to study in China.
  • Latino/Hispanic Students: Interested students may wish to contact the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) ( to learn more about opportunities the Association is developing.
  • High School Students: Talk to your teacher, your principal, your parents, your district’s state superintendent – be proactive in finding opportunities!
  • Chinese Bridge Program: 10,000 scholarships (2,500 annually for four years) will be available through various Confucius Institutes in the United States. These scholarships will be available to U.S. students in high school, college, or graduate school, as well as teachers and educators. Starting with summer 2011 programs, these scholarships will cover all in-country costs and provide 10,000 Americans with the opportunity to study in China. Interested students and educators should apply to the nearest Confucius Institute, which administers these Bridge Scholarships. For a list of locations and further information, visit:
What Other Resources Can Help Me Find Programs and Scholarships for Studying in China?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Human Rights Law Network Seeks Legal Coordinator

HRLN is currently seeking a Legal Coordinator/Director for its Reproductive Rights (RR) unit. The RR unit engages in groundbreaking advocacy, utilizing litigation, public education and creative activism to further the reproductive rights of women and girls in India. The RR unit works to ensure the full implementation of Reproductive Rights as set under the International Cairo Programme of Action, 1994. This position will be based at the HRLN offices in Delhi, with travel throughout India as and when required.
  • Managing a team of staff and interns for all litigation and legal advocacy work on the implementation of Reproductive Rights
  • Managing fact finding missions to investigate cases on the denial of reproductive rights
  • Drafting and researching legal cases, co-ordinating and liaising with various HRLN offices across India on existing litigation and advocacy work
  • Providing and co-ordinating trainings, consultation and workshops on raising awareness on Reproductive Rights
  • Media work: involving writing press releases, following up on media coverage, giving press interviews
  • Documentation: recording and filing of case work and fact finding
  • Liaising and networking with grass root communities and NGOs
  • Fundraising
  • Website: updating the HRLN website
  • Graduate degree, preferably in law or social work
  • Dedication and passion for furthering reproductive rights, and human rights more generally
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good research and written skills
  • The ability to process large amounts of information quickly and accurately
  • Previous experience in a supervisory or management role preferred
  • Suitable candidate should be able to take direction from Seniors but also work well independently, and use own initiative
Please email a CV with a cover letter, with full academic details, work history and two references to Anita Rao ( Clearly mark ‘Application for Legal Coordinator/Director, Reproductive Rights: [Name]’ in subject box. Only candidates short listed will be contacted.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Legal Office at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law
Legal Officer (Full-time)

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a Legal Officer (full-time).

JOB DESCRIPTION: He or she will work in the areas of international family law and international child protection and be part of a team, under the direction of the responsible First Secretary, supporting the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention. Additionally, the Legal Officer will work on a variety of projects arising from recommendations made by various Special Commissions, including international family mediation and the private international law issues surrounding the status of children (including international surrogacy arrangements).

Duties may further include comparative research on general aspects of cross-border family law, work on the international child abduction database (INCADAT), drafting of research papers and other documentation, drafting and general preparation of materials for publication, answering daily requests for information relating to the relevant Conventions, preparation for meetings (including Special Commission meetings), assistance in the preparation of and participation in conferences, seminars and training programmes, giving presentations and lectures on issues related to international family law, and such other work as may be required by the Secretary General from time to time.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of private international law, particularly in the areas of international family law and international child protection. Familiarity with comparative law and public international law is desirable as is knowledge of civil law systems. He or she will have excellent language skills (oral and drafting) in at least one official language of the Hague Conference (English or French), and should have a good working knowledge of the other. Knowledge of a third language is an asset. He or she will be sensitive with regard to different legal cultures, and any experience with non-western cultures would be helpful. He or she should work well in a team and respond well to time-critical requests. Five to 10 years experience as a lawyer in private practice or in an academic or research institution, or as a government official or an official with an International Organisation is required. Type of appointment and duration: two-year contract, with the possibility for renewal. Grade (Co-ordinated Organisations scale): +/- A1/1 subject to relevant experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Deadline for applications: 4 January 2012

Applications should be made by e-mail, with Curriculum Vitae, letter of motivation and at least two references, to be addressed to the Secretary General, e-mail:<>

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Legal Internship at Greenpeace International

Legal internships are available with the Legal Unit of Greenpeace International. The Legal Unit advises Greenpeace International, and when necessary the national and regional offices of Greenpeace, on campaigns and organisational legal issues and provides support with legal cases.

Alongside the daily practice of the Legal Unit there are various research projects that, in accordance with the specific interests and background of the intern, can be undertaken.

Legal internships are full-time positions (40 hours per week) for a period of three months or more. Remuneration is by a modest monthly contribution towards cost of living of €400 for residents in the Netherlands, and €800 for non-residents.
Unfortunately, we can only accept candidates who have a student and/or work and/or residency permit for the Netherlands.

Available period to start internship: check our website . The starting date and duration of the internship is somewhat flexible.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Law student towards end of studies or recent law graduate 
Strong background in (preferably more than) one of the following: environmental law; public international law; EU law; human rights law; media law; criminal law; Dutch civil law 
Fluent in written and spoken English. Other global languages are an advantage 

Required Competencies:
Strong analytical skills Self-confident, focused, pro-active and result oriented Flexible attitude to shifting work prioritiesApplications must be in English, and consist of a single e-mail (quoting Internship-Legal Unit-GPI in the email subject) that includes both your cover letter (max. 2 pages) and CV as attachments. In addition, applications must include the following information:
indication of your grade-point-average upon graduation for each of your university degrees (original university transcripts not necessary) or of your grades to date;
confirmation that you have a student and/or work and/or residency permit for the Netherlands;
indication in which period you would be available for the internship. Please send your application to

Given the very large number of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Internships at Earthjustice's International Program

Earthjustice's International Program uses the power of the law to protect the environment and human health worldwide. We represent public interest and community groups in international tribunals and domestic courts in our work to establish, strengthen, and enforce national and international legal protections for the environment, public health, and human and environmental rights.
The work of the International Program is at the leading edge of the development of international environmental law: making rapid progress in the fight against global climate change by limiting key international sources of global warming pollution; establishing strong international environmental governance in the Arctic; using principles of human rights and public participation to ensure the effectiveness, integrity, and fairness of international climate institutions; and expanding the public use of environmental law throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on Latin America.
For more information about the International Program’s work, please visit
We usually have one to two full- or part-time law student externs each spring and fall semester, and two to three full-time law clerks each summer. International Program externs and clerks perform a wide range of activities, including legal and factual research and writing on a variety of issues, such as human rights and the environment, global climate change, and international and/or environmental law. Externs and clerks will be exposed to legal practice before domestic and/or international tribunals.
Because we rely heavily on externs and clerks in researching, preparing, investigating, and generally supporting our cases and projects, we place a premium on careful, accurate, and self-directed work. Each student is responsible for monitoring her/his own workload, and is directly supervised by one or more Earthjustice attorneys who provide regular guidance and feedback.
We have a casual office environment and are currently located in an historic building ½ block from public transportation (19th Street BART station) in downtown Oakland. Our offices will be moving to San Francisco in the early part of 2012.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, three references and an unofficial law school transcript to Lisa Nessan at All applications should be submitted electronically. Please write: “Spring Law Extern Position” or “Summer Law Clerk Position” in the subject line of your e-mail. We will accept applications for the Spring and Summer positions after August 1, 2011 and will make offers on a rolling basis. Please note: Our Fall 2011 position has been filled, and we will not accept applications for the Fall 2012 Extern position until February 2012.

Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.