Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights Internship

Internship opportunities are offered to undergraduate and graduate students and are intended to increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level. Interns are offered the opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom to bridge the gap between human rights theory and practice. Interns receive individualized supervision and have the opportunity to work on specialized long-term projects. Interns will research human rights issues, draft analytical papers and reports, coordinate meetings, fact-finding, clerical support and depending on the exigencies of the Office other duties as assigned.As part of the internship program, the UNESCO Chair will interview the individual prior to the start of the internship, will review application materials, and assess his or her abilities and career plans, in an attempt to tailor the internship to suite the individual’s academic and professional interests. While gaining professional and academic experience, interns are an integral part of our volunteer base.
Guidelines: Conditions of service/Stipend, Workload, Credit: 
Internships are generally for a minimum period of 3 months. Interns are expected to work 15 hours/week and to carry out the duties assigned to them.
Internships are not typically remunerated and interns are not considered officials or staff members of the UNESCO Chair Office. However they are bound by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members; in particular, interns without the written authorization of the UNESCO Chair may not use confidential and unpublished information obtained during the internship.
Travel arrangements, costs and living expenses must be borne by the interns themselves. Although internships are unpaid, individuals can receive three to six course credits. However course credit must be discussed with and agreed upon with the UNESCO Chair prior to the beginning of internship.
Internships are demanding. Students will be required to submit weekly reports, with documentation of current projects. Several meetings will be held throughout the duration of the internship to discuss progress and strategies for moving forward.
Experiences Offered: 
Research (may include but not limited to legal, policy, economic), writing, fund raising, media relations, community organizing, conference planning etc. Internships will be arranged to fit the interest of the individual as much as reasonably possible, while remaining within the UNESCO Chair mandate and program goals.
A supervisor will provide the intern with a description of duties and a work plan. Upon completion of the internship, both the supervisor and the intern are required to complete a final report describing what was achieved during the internship. In addition, every intern is requested to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his/her assignment and to submit it to the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights Office.
Qualifications/Majors Desired:
The participants in the internship program are selected from undergraduate and graduate students and holders of graduate level degrees in, or students planning to focus on disciplines related to human rights work, e.g. International Law, Political Science, History, Social Sciences (Economics, Journalism, Public Policy, International Studies, International Development, Non-Profit Management, Human Rights, Psychology, Anthropology, International Business, Law, Education, etc.).
Internship Dates:
Semesters available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Deadline: Open
Prerequisite: Consent of UNESCO Chair
Please link to the following page for application details:

Immigration and Naturalization Intern

The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC)
Summer 2012 Internship
Immigration & Naturalization Intern
The MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC) was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social and Legal Services, Civic Participation, Youth Empowerment, and Culture. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American community through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and culture awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.
The MinKwon Center’s comprehensive Immigrant Rights Legal Clinic provides free legal services to the Asian American community members in both the Flushing, Queens area and throughout the metropolitan New York area. The Immigrants Rights Legal Clinic seeks to protect the rights of community members by providing free legal assistance in the areas of labor, immigration, housing, and civil rights law. We provide direct legal representation and work closely with other legal groups and pro bono lawyers to help these community members achieve social and economic justice.
Internship Description
• Maintaining direct contact with Korean clients;
• Conducting intakes and screening eligibility for immigration benefits;
• Assisting clients to apply for naturalization and adjustment of status;
• Administering benefit screenings for clients and managing the client database.
Details of Internship
• Supervision: Intern is supervised by the Staff Attorney of immigration cases.
• Compensation: While internships are not paid positions, academic credit has been arranged in the past.
• Hours: Interns are expected to work full-time, 10 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday.
• Duration: The internship runs from June to August 2012. Specific internship dates will be discussed in person.
• Language proficiency in Korean and English;
• Strong organizational skills and independence, requiring minimal supervision;
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
• Proficiency in Word and Excel;
• A desire to empower the Asian American community.
Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to a high number of applications, only the applicants who are granted an interview will be contacted. Please submit a cover letter and resume by April 15th, 2012 to:
Kathy Chae, Esq.
Social Services Director

Law Clerk Positions at the International Court of Justice

Law Clerk Positions to Judges of the International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint two law clerks each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. Clerks will provide their assigned judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court and may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case.  The deadline for applications is April 10, 2012.  For more information, click here.

BPSOS Legal Fellowship

BPSOS is a community based organization with 10 offices in the U.S. and 3 overseas operational locations in Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. Our international initiatives include: refugee protection work, civil society development and anti-trafficking projects.
The fellowship offers a living stipend, lodging, and round-trip airfare plus 23 vacation days. The position is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Primary Responsibilities:
- Counsel Vietnamese asylum seekers on UNHCR Refugee Status Determination process, standards and guidelines.
- Prepare and draft written applications, appeals and motions to re-open
- Provide general legal counseling and assistance to Vietnamese asylum
seekers, including educating them of Thailand legal framework.
- Advocate with UNHCR for the rights of Vietnamese asylum seekers
to due process.
- Create public awareness within region and outside region of the plight
of Vietnamese asylum seekers.
- Develop and foster professional relationships with other NGOs and
human rights organizations in Thailand.
- Compile Vietnam country conditions information and assist in
preparation of relevant reports.
- Visit asylum-seekers detained in Immigration Detention Center.
- Maintain partnership and build alliance with other legal aid and refugee protection organizations operating in Thailand.
- Assist in fundraising efforts.
- Report to the International Initiatives Manager.
- Law degree and licensed to practice law.
- Fluency in English and Vietnamese required. Interviews will be conducted in both English and Vietnamese.
- Legal experience preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Sensitivity to issues of asylum seekers, refugees and displayed people.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team as well as individually.
To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter and three references to
An Phong Vo at anphong.vo@bpsos.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Deadline: February 28, 2012.
BPSOS is an equal opportunity employer!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Call for Papers: Journal of International Business & Law

Call for Submissions: The Journal of International Business & Law

The Journal of International Business & Law invites original submissions from professors and practitioners for its forthcoming issue.  The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and Hofstra University Frank G. Zarb School of Business jointly publish this Journal, which explores the interaction of business and law in the global marketplace from both legal and business perspectives. Submissions should discuss legal findings in the area of international business, international trade, transactional law, and other topics relevant to international and business law. 

The Editorial Board is accepting submissions through March 15, 2012.  Please email submissions to the attention of Patricia Lui and Jennifer Hanley, Senior Editors of Solicitation, at JIBL.Solicitations@hofstra.edu. 

For more information please refer to our website: http://law.hofstra.edu/academics/journals/jibl/index.html.

Human Rights Advisor at USAID


The United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Democracy, Governance, and Humanitarian Assistance, Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (USAID/DCHA/DRG) is now accepting applications from qualified candidates for a full-time, Washington D.C.-based position of Human Rights Advisor, to provide technical advice and support to global programs, and to assist the Human Rights Team in designing and managing mechanisms.  This Foreign Service Limited (FSL) position will be based within the DCHA/DRG Center on the Human Rights Team in Washington, D.C. 

The recently-created Human Rights Team in the DRG Center provides technical leadership, training, and support to Missions and regional bureaus engaged in programs designed to respect, protect, and advocate for human rights.  The Human Rights Team will devote the majority of its human resources to supporting USAID Missions and regional bureaus with the design, implementation, and evaluation of human rights programs.  The HR team is also responsible for ensuring that cutting-edge research fosters best practices, lessons learned, and improved policies in human rights programming around the world.

This position will report to the Human Rights Team Chief.  As part of the Human Rights Team, the Human Rights Advisor will serve as AOTR and COTR for central mechanisms.  S/he will provide technical leadership and expert advice on the planning and design of human rights strategies and programs globally.  The Advisor serves as an Agency expert and coordinator in providing intellectual leadership and technical support in the areas of human rights. 

This position requires excellent management skills, a high degree of communications skills, and negotiation ability to serve as a liaison between DCHA/DRG, other offices within DCHA, regional bureaus, USAID Missions globally, the State Department, and other parts of the inter-agency. 

Extensive experience (at least 10 years) in designing, managing, evaluating, and reporting on human rights or other relevant and related programs is essential.  A relevant post-graduate degree and/or equivalent work experience is required.  Experience working in USAID, especially in the DRG sector, is highly desirable but not required.   Superb written and oral communication skills and ability to meet tight deadlines is required.  See the attached position description for more detail.

This position is an FSL appointment, and will be appointed for an initial period of three years.  Extensions would be possible up to five years.  These positions will be subject to the Foreign Service (FS) pay scale and is graded at an FS-2;  exact salary will be commensurate with experience.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

The closing date for this position is March 1, 2012.  Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, writing sample (maximum 4 pages), and list of 5 references to Kevin Sturr, Human Rights Team Chief, at ksturr@usaid.gov.    

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Legal Intern at The Sikh Coalition

The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith.

We at the Coalition provide legal representation on select civil rights cases that have the broadest impact for all. In the past, the Sikh Coalition has provided direct legal services to Sikh victims of hate crimes, employment discrimination, public accommodation discrimination, profiling, and other forms of discrimination. It has an active caseload of civil rights matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States.
The Sikh Coalition is a fast-paced and exciting organization for an internship. The Coalition is the most staffed Sikh organization in the United States with a full-time staff of 10 and offices in New York City,Fremont,CA and Washington D.C. We have a talented staff that is committed to social justice and has a long record of achievement in pursuit of justice.

For more information about the Sikh Coalition, please visit www.sikhcoalition.org

Position Summary: The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Program seeks law school students or graduates to serve as legal interns during the summer of 2012. Qualified interns should have a passion for social justice and civil rights, a strong work ethic, and excellent legal research, writing, and analytic skills.
  • Interns will receive hands on experience:
  • Conducting legal research;
  • Writing research memorandum;
  • Drafting legal briefs;
  • Interviewing clients or witnesses; and
  • Assisting with litigation and casework.
Accepted Summer Interns are requested to work a minimum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer. Summer interns will receive a $1,000 stipend graciously funded by the Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Internship Fund.
Application Guidelines
Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to legal@sikhcoalition.org with “2012 Dr. Bajwa Legal Summer Internship” as the subject line.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply by March 31st, 2012 for positions.

For further inquires, please contact:
Sandeep Amy Kaur
Staff Attorney

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Law and Policy Internship

The International Justice Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to advance the cause of international justice with special focus on international criminal law and humanitarian law, seeks law and other graduate students for a professional internship.

Our current projects include supporting and assisting the representation of victims in the Darfur Situation before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and conducting international law trainings and lectures. We are also involved in research and advocacy for the development of mechanisms to address the health and welfare of victims of atrocities in the U.S. and abroad. In this capacity, we have launched a new venture, with the support of the Marilyn S. Broad Foundation, titled the Darfur Community Health and Reparations Project (HARP).

We offer several different internships. Please indicate which one you are interested in your application.
Please observe that all of our internships are unpaid.

The Law and Policy Internship
The intern will research international criminal law, human rights law and international humanitarian law in order to assist the legal representation of clients at the International Criminal Court. Intern duties will also include compiling personal data and completing individual Standard Application Forms of Darfuri victims for participatory rights in the ICC Proceedings. Finally, the intern will monitor and analyze current legal and political developments pertaining to our case.

Additionally, the intern will be involved with administrative tasks associated with fundraising, marketing and developing our outreach through social media.

The ideal candidate is a law student or graduate student with a focus on international law, international relations and or a related field.
To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to ijp@internationaljusticeproject.com.
Below are the application deadlines for each semester:
Fall Session (September-December)………..September 1
Winter/Spring Session (January-May)………..February 1
Summer Session (May-August)........................April 1

We regret that due to the number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to individual requests regarding the status of applications. If further information is required regarding your application, we will contact you with the request. Please visit our website at www.internationaljusticeproject.com for more information.

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

MADRE internships are a great way to gain work experience and support MADRE's work with women and families worldwide.

Internships come with a $15/day stipend and require a minimum time commitment of 15 hours a week for at least three months. Internships take place at the MADRE office in Manhattan. MADRE offers three internship sessions throughout the year: Summer (June-August), Fall (September-December), and Spring (January-May).Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

  • Represent MADRE at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts
  • Follow and participate in the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings, and other UN processes as needed
  • Draft and submit memoranda of law to Special Rapporteurs, as needed
  • Conduct research for publications and program work on gender dimensions of women’s health and violence against women; and peace building and women’s political participation
  • Develop and implement a strategy to advance women’s human rights in UN processes
  • Collaborate with MADRE Program and Human Rights Advocacy staff
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, French or Haitian Creole is preferred
Please send resume and cover letter to HRLAInternship@madre.org.


Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

Please visit www.MADRE.org/jobs for a complete listing of all internships.

International Summer Legal Intern, Climate and Air Program

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.
EDF seeks a summer legal intern to work with our international team on research, writing, and creative advocacy on strategies for encouraging and incentivizing sovereign nations to reduce their global warming pollution.  Much of our work in this field occurs at the interface between public international law and legal frameworks governing domestic public and private actors.  So, projects may focus on treaty development, development of national or subnational law, linkages between and among national and sub-national legal systems, and/or linkages between treaties and domestic programs. 
The work is multifaceted, fast-paced, and intellectually challenging.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong legal research and writing skills as well as the ability to undertake both large projects and 1-2 page policy briefs. Familiarity/experience with international law, environmental law, the history of climate treaty negotiations, and carbon markets a plus. 
DC Office
A minimum of 10 weeks.  Start and end date is negotiable.
Full-time (35 hours/week)
Unpaid/academic credit available.  EDF will support the intern in securing law school funding. 
Interested applicants should complete the EDF application, attach their resume and cover letter, together with their law school transcript and a writing sample. 

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.
 Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer