Tuesday, May 29, 2012

10 Year Anniversary of the International Criminal Court focuses on the U.S. and The Hague Tradition

10 Year Anniversary of the International Criminal Court focuses on the U.S. and The Hague Tradition

On July 4, 2012, at 11:00 am, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the International Criminal Court, U.S. students, citizens and diplomats will convene a celebration at Grotius’ Tomb, The Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, the Netherlands.  The event mirrors, in part, the historic July 4, 1899 ‘Grotius commemoration” led by the U.S. delegation to the 1899 Hague Peace Conference.
U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp, and Convenor of the American NGO Coalition of the International Criminal Court, John Washburn, will lay a wreath at Grotius’ tomb.  Renowned historian of international law and the Hague tradition, Dr. Arthur Eyffinger, will deliver a lecture on the role of the United States in the development of the “Grotian Project” of international law. Dr. Eyffinger’s company, Judicap, will curate an educational exhibition, displayed in the Nieuwe Kerk, that complements his lecture.   A cleaning of the sterling silver engraved wreath, laid in 1899 by the U.S. delegation, has been arranged for this special occasion.  Luncheon to follow.
The event is open to the public, but registration is required.  Register by sending an email with name, nationality, and affiliation of each guest to:  register@grotianmoment.com.  

Event website is http://www.grotianmoment.com

Send questions about the event to Hope Elizabeth May (hope@grotianmoment.com)

FIAN International Secretariat (Heidelberg/Germany) is seeking an intern for its Extraterritorial State Obligations Program

FIAN International Secretariat (Heidelberg/Germany) is seeking an intern for its Extraterritorial State Obligations (here after ETO) Program to assist in the following tasks:
  • Research into new cases and revision of existing case studies according to ETO standards;
  • Research and communication with ETO consortium members (and civil society organizations) on new case studies from policy fields such as climate, land grabbing, investment regimes, trade, intellectual property rights, transnational corporations, and intergovernmental organizations. Human rights analysis of cases, in particular in these policy fields of extraterritorial obligations will be developed jointly.
  • Preparing internet updates of ongoing ETO work for FIAN website.

    The intern should have a background in international law or human rights law and fluency in English (both written and spoken). A good knowledge of Spanish is an asset.

    The internship will start on September 1, 2012, for a minimum of 6 months.
    Please send your application (full CV with a cover letter) electronically to:Internship[at]fian.org

    Deadline of application: July 15, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Advocacy Advisor, Global Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights

Job Title: Advocacy Adviser, Global Advocacy Program
Department: Global Legal Program
Job Posted On: May 25, 2012
The Center for Reproductive Rights
(CRR) is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting
women's equality worldwide by guaranteeing reproductive rights as human rights.
Reproductive rights, the foundation for women's self-determination over their
bodies and sexual lives, are critical to all women's ability to achieve their
full potential. We believe laws and policies that protect and advance these
rights are essential. They must allow women the freedom to decide whether and
when to have children. They must respect women's ability to exercise their
reproductive choices without coercion. They must also secure women's access to
basic health services, including contraception, abortion, education and safe
pregnancy care. Ultimately, reproductive rights are imperative to ensuring
justice for all members of society -- women, children, and their families.
Duties and responsibilities:
The Advocacy Adviser will work under
the supervision of the Advocacy Director and closely with other program staff
to support and build the work of the Advocacy Program. The Advocacy
Adviser will be responsible for:
  • Legal and policy analysis of a variety of reproductive rights issues.
  • Legal and policy research on international human rights law and standards.
  • Responsible for supporting design and implementation of advocacy strategies before the UN,
    to include drafting memos, advocacy documents and thematic submissions for UN
  • Developing strategy for, participate in and draft reproductive rights
    submissions to UN.
  • Supporting the drafting of publications and other materials to advance
    program work.
  • Working in coordination with colleagues from the Global Legal Program and other programs,
    and in collaboration with civil society organizations, academics and other
    external stakeholders on furthering advocacy aims.
  • Representing the Center before UN bodies, organize briefings and other events with treaty
    bodies, UN Agencies and other bodies.
  • Supporting the Program Director in providing technical assistance to
    non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders.
  • Representing the Center externally on matters related to reproductive
    rights through public speaking, and as required, with engagement with the
  • Supporting the Center’s communication strategies by drafting blogs,
    op-eds and other documents to position global advocacy on reproductive rights.
  • Supporting the Program Director in preparing presentations for
    conferences and meetings.
  • Helping identify, build and maintain partnerships with NGOs, and with
    key stakeholders, as needed.
  • Assisting the Program Director with the supervision of interns,
    volunteers and pro bono lawyers.
Twenty percent of the Advocacy Adviser’s work
is focused on institutional responsibilities for the Global Program, which
includes conducting in person informational interviews, liaising with
Government Relations, conducting and supporting pro bono outreach and
supporting institutional work on development initiatives.
International travel is required.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and
comprehensive benefits.
  • Minimum 3-4 years related professional experience.
  • Degree in law (Juris Doctor or postgraduate) required.
  • Knowledge of international human rights, women’s rights and UN human rights system.
  • Capable of complex legal analytical work.
  • Advocacy experience, including as part of NGO coalitions.
  • Possesses excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills.
Knowledge of other UN languages (in particular Spanish) is highly desirable.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer,
committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and
staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities
to apply.
How to Apply:
Send cover letter, résumé, one writing sample and contact information for three references
to: resumes@reprorights.org. Applicants must indicate “Advocacy Adviser, Global Advocacy, code 150
and their last name”
 as the subject of emailed applications.
Cover letter, résumé and writing samples should be sent as attachments. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Advocacy Officer at IKV Pax Christi

About IKV Pax Christi
IKV Pax Christi is a Dutch peace organization that works for peace and justice in the world. We support people in conflict areas to work towards peaceful and democratic societies. We work on global disarmament and on the protection of civilians specifically within fragile and repressive states. We do research and advocate – in the Netherlands, in Europe and in the world for sustainable peace building. IKV Pax Christi combines knowledge, energy and people to attain one single objective: Peace.
IKV Pax Christi is expanding its international advocacy capacity through professional development and growth in conjunction with our strategic partners, including GPPAC.

IKV Pax Christi is looking for an Advocacy Officer UN
The advocacy officer is responsible for the development and execution of advocacy at UN Headquarters and will be stationed at the office of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy in New York. The Advocacy Officer delivers his/her results to the Global Advocacy Manager based in the Netherlands.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Maintain a strategic overview of our advocacy priorities: Sudan, Nuclear Disarmament and Protection of Civilians at the UN and support their implementation.
  • Report monthly on engagement with, and networking around the UNSC, UN Disarmament Commission, DPKO, UNSC 1540 Committee, and Committee of 34, among others, on the priority topics. Deliver mapping reports of the political arena, develop policy positions and produce briefings and other advocacy materials, in close collaboration with IKV Pax Christi program leaders; specifically on our priority topics.
  • Represent IKV Pax Christi, in relevant meetings and events in close coordination with relevant program leaders.
  • Deliver a weekly report on your advocacy activities in order to ensure that advocacy is congruent, complementary to, and, where appropriate, linked to IKV Pax Christi national, regional and international efforts and those of our partners, especially GPPAC.
  • Maintain and expand our network with the nuclear disarmament and Sudan communities including donors, NGOs, government officials, regional and international organizations, academics, and journalists.
  • Masters Degree or equivalent experience in Political Science, International Relations, International Law or a related field.
  • 3-5 years experience working for an NGO or UN Agency, preferably in the field of peace building and security, ideally on one of IPC’s priority topics.
  • Demonstrable experience in high level advocacy.
    • Proven ability to analyze complex issues, to identify advocacy opportunities and define strategies to achieve policy change.
    • Excellent networking, interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to write for and speak in front of a wide and diverse range of audiences.
    • Proven organizational and time-management skills, with an ability to prioritize effectively.
    • Ability to work independently, while pro-actively seeking input from and including IPC program staff.
    • Willingness to travel.
Terms and Opportunities
  • We offer a paid full-time consultancy contract for a year with three-month probationary period;
  • Opportunity to work in an enthusiastic, small and young international team, part of a large international secretariat and a global network;
  • Competitive consultant compensation; compensation commensurate with experience;
  • Contractor shall be stationed at WFM in New York and delivers his results to IKV Pax Christi.
Information and Application procedure

See our website for more information about IKV Pax Christi .

Wouter Kolk, Global Advocacy Manager can be reached for additional information for this position through email kolk@ikvpaxchristi.nl or phone +31 648981482.

In order to apply for this position please visit our website's vacancy page to fill out the application form, by June 1 2012 addressed to Wouter Kolk, Global Advocacy Manager.

The English application should include:

A cover letter;
A curriculum Vitae including three references (name, email and phone number).

Immigration Lawyer at Brazillian Alliance

We are a small non-profit seeking a dedicated volunteer to join our organization as a pro-bono Immigration lawyer. This is an excellent opportunity for recent law school graduates seeking nonprofit experience or recent graduates who have funding through their law firm, law fellowship, or can commit to work as a volunteer. This candidate will work from our San Rafael office between 15 and 20 hours per week.

Candidates should have a commitment to immigration law and have past experience or classes in immigration law. Prior experience working with immigrant communities or domestic violence survivors preferred. Candidates must have: good people skills, a passion for helping immigrants and disenfranchised individuals, solid writing and research skills, close attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Bilingual capability in Portuguese preferred. Licensed in California Preferred but will consider candidates licensed in other states.
All interested candidates, please reply with a cover letter and resume to jmatthews@brazilianalliance.org. Let us know what interests you about this opportunity. Currently, Brazilian Alliance is not able to provide additional financial compensation, including benefits such as transportation stipends, healthcare or loan reimbursement, but you will gain valuable career-building experience.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Call for Interns: International, European, and Comparative Sports Law

The Asser Institute offers university students during/after their master’s degree the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with the practical experience of working in the field of International and European sports law.
The Asser Institute, located in The Hague, is a leading inter-university institute operating in the broad field of international law. Its research is of an interdisciplinary as well as comparative nature, covering all fields of law in which the Institute specializes, such as private international law, public international law including the law of international organizations, international arbitration, and EU law.
What we offer
The ASSER International Sports Law Centre was established in 2002 within the framework of the Asser Institute. It provides high quality research, services, and products to the sporting world at large (including sports ministries, international and intergovernmental organizations, sports associations and federations, the professional sports industry, etc.) on both a national and international basis. As a pioneer in the field of international sports law, the Asser Institute has established a worldwide network of academics and practitioners and cooperation agreements with various sports law institutes and centres in Europe and beyond.
The internship will provide a well-rounded experience and insight into the discipline of International, European, and comparative sports law. Under the direction and guidance of a dedicated supervisor, the intern will be considered a full member of our research team, assisting it with:
  • Legal research and position papers;
  • Sports Law Network Directory;
  • the International Sports Law Journal (ISLJ) and the Asser International Sports Law book series;
  • Content Collection;
  • Sportslaw.nl website;
  • Education, events and special projects.
We have place for:
A full-time intern position for a period of minimum three and maximum six months, starting around September 2012.

Interested candidates should have: 
  • at least a BA degree in law;
  • good scores for courses on international and EU law;
  • Interest and academic background in sports law;
  • Strong legal analysis and writing skills;
  • Flexibility, motivation and the capability to work independently;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage.
How to apply
Students who are interested in applying can send their letter of motivation and CV, in English, to HRM@asser.nl before July 31, 2012.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Advocacy Officer at the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict is an NGO network that monitors and reports on violations against the security and rights of children and adolescents in specific situations of armed conflict. Watchlist uses this information to urge action by the UN Security Council, other UN agencies and appropriate governments. Watchlist also provides capacity strengthening support to local NGO partners in areas of conflict to build sustainable, grass roots monitoring, reporting and advocacy networks related to violations against children in armed conflicts.

The Advocacy Officer is based in New York. The Advocacy Officer’s role is to advance Watchlist’s priorities with the Security Council, UN missions, UN agencies, and, as needed, the General Assembly and other international organizations.

The Advocacy Officer will lead the design and implementation of the organization’s advocacy strategy in New York under supervision of the Watchlist Director and in close coordination with Watchlist staff and Board. The Advocacy Officer is expected to serve as an expert voice on issues of concern to children affected by armed conflict in order to advocate effectively for the organization. The Advocacy Officer reports to the Director.

  • Lead initiatives to advance the Security Council’s agenda on children and armed conflict by identifying strategic influencing opportunities and developing and implementing advocacy initiatives with the Security Council and other key UN agencies and missions, in close coordination with Watchlist staff, Board and field-based partners.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with the diplomatic and humanitarian communities in New York.
  • Organize informational and advocacy meetings with Security Council and other member states that advance the organization’s advocacy goals.
  • Prepare position papers, briefing memos and letters for the UN Security Council, and other advocacy targets, as well as material for the media targeted at a more general audience.
  • Support the Reports Officer in the development of advocacy strategies, initiatives and documents related to the Field Monitor-reports.
  • Assess and record the impact of Watchlist’s NY-based advocacy.
  • Contribute to other areas of Watchlist work as appropriate, such as the development of periodic policy papers, general communications and fundraising efforts.
    • Periodic travel as required.
  • Support the Capacity-Strengthening Officer in the development of joint country-specific advocacy with partners, as well as in the formulation of advocacy points for UNICEF, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office of the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict to improve technical aspects of the MRM.
  • Master’s Degree in international affairs, international law, political science, or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years work experience, including at least 3 years progressive non-profit work experience with humanitarian issues and advocacy.
  • Knowledge of the UN system, international human rights and humanitarian law. Demonstrated experience designing and implementing advocacy strategies targeted at the UN humanitarian system and other key humanitarian actors.
  • Expertise on child protection issues in conflict and humanitarian settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; proven ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences and to produce persuasive advocacy materials for a range of audiences.
  • Solid diplomatic skills; must be able to manage a variety of internal and external relationships in a cross-cultural professional environment and represent the organization with senior level diplomats and other policy makers.
  • Strong coordination and organization skills; demonstrated record of successful internal and external coordination. Officer must be able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Solid computer skills: ability to work effectively and accurately with MS Word, Excel, and social media applications.
Applicant must have the legal right to work in the US. We are an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Reports to: Director, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
Position: Regular, Full-time
Location: New York, NY
Deadline to Apply: May 18, 2012 or until position is filled.

To apply submit: CV or résumé, cover letter, salary requirements and 2 writing samples --- (1) an unedited 3 page sample and(2) an excerpt of comprehensive research-based writing via email to: Brooke Blanchard, Watchlist Program Manager- E-mail: brookeb@watchlist.org

Regional Program Assistant at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) is a global network of more than 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 countries advocating for a fair, effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC) and improved access to justice for victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC is the first permanent international criminal court with the mandate to bring to justice individuals who commit the most serious violations of international humanitarian law, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. For further information about the Court and the work of the Coalition, visit our website at www.coalitionfortheicc.org.

The Program Assistant for the Coalition’s Regional Program will work closely with and under the supervision of the Director of Regional Programs (DRP). S/he will assist the DRP in all aspects of the regional section’s work, including providing certain support functions for all the regional staff and consultants (currently 12), as directed by the DRP. The Program Assistant will also have specific support and coordination functions for theAfricateam, as described below.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the Program Assistant will include but are not limited to:
Provide coordination support for DRP in the following (inter alia) section-wide initiatives:
  • Coordinating the universal ratification campaign, including timely selection of countries of focus with wide consultation, and timely launching of campaign on the 1st of the month;
  • Ensuring timely completion and compilation of work plans, budgets, reports, proposals; input to publications and other requests by regional teams and other sections; and when relevant, input/editing of various material (e.g. letters, articles, publications, etc);
  • Maintaining an overview of developments in order to streamline the Coalition’s funding reporting/proposal process;
  • Managing and maintaining the “Civil Society at Work” section of the Coalition’s homepage as well as the Flickr collection by uploading photos and highlighting relevant events (e.g. staff missions, members’ events, etc);
  • Updating materials such as the ratification/implementation charts, PowerPoint presentations, etc on an ongoing basis;
  • Coordinating the semester-end and year-end reporting on local activities and the regional section’s missions and local activities budget;
  • Ensuring up to date contacts for key members and input into Raiser’s Edge;
  • Administrative tasks such as updating staff calendar for all section missions/leaves.
ASP preparations:
  • Making logistical arrangements in preparation for the annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP), any resumed sessions, and the ICC-NGO bi-annual meetings;
  • Ensuring visas, plane tickets, and all logistical arrangements for regional participants that the Coalition invites are completed and purchased;
  • Updating, editing, and printing materials for distribution to members at the ASP;
  • Preparing multimedia presentations for the ASP and regional conferences as needed;
  • Ensuring all necessary forms relating to financial expenses for the ASP are completed in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Maintaining the regional participants’ budget and various expenses/reimbursements to submit to the Finance department for audit purposes;
  • Assisting with organizing CICC side meetings and logistical preparations for such meetings.
Provide specific support to Africa section
  • Ensuring DRP has bi-weekly meetings with the African team;
  • Acting as a central link between regional offices and the International Secretariat by keeping colleagues informed about developments on the ICC and other relevant events such as conferences and high level regional summits taking place in Africa;
  • Providing administrative support to theAfricateam as needed;
  • Maintaining the African team’s local activities and missions budget;
  • Coordinating team consultations on local activities to determine which to approve;
  • Assisting in the implementation of priorities and programs in the region, including support for missions (travel arrangements and administrative tasks, updating government and NGO contacts in databases) and outreach;
  • Assisting with all necessary procedures in order to support local activities proposed by NGOs;
  • Collaborating with the team in identifying experts and participants for regional conferences and other ICC-related events. Providing administrative support to facilitate participation of regional experts and participants;
  • Assisting with timely distribution of printed materials and other resources for seminars and other events;
  • Translating/making summaries from English to French and French to English;
  • Ensuring timely completion and posting of pre-mission and post-mission memos;
  • Assisting on logistical preparations of bi-annual regional strategy meetings.
Research, writing and editing:
  • Researching developments regarding ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute by country/region, as needed;
  • Drafting advocacy and outreach letters and/or e-mails;
  • Editing mission reports, newsletter updates, and other materials as needed.
  • Opportunity to learn about the work of the ICC and United Nations, the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in relation to the ICC and U.N., the work of international NGOs as well as NGOs based in all regions of the world, and the functioning of an international coalition;
  • The Program Assistant will have a pass to the U.N. and will be encouraged to attend events and meetings, as well as to take on additional responsibilities to suit his/her interests and skills;
  • The CICC offers a generous benefits package;
  • Salary range: commensurate with experience;
  • Must have validUnited Statesworking permit.
  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in a relevant field. Candidates must be interested in international human rights and humanitarian law;
  • Ideal candidate will have near native-level fluency in English and French;
  • Background knowledge of the International Criminal Court and some expertise with African region issues preferred;
  • Some experience with non-profit networking and membership outreach beneficial;
  • Interest in working with NGOs on the ground and experience in regional work or area studies;
  • Must be organized and have excellent attention to detail;
  • Able to handle confidential information appropriately;
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment;
  • Skilled at prioritizing and completing multiple tasks;
  • Computer skills, including database experience and comfort using Microsoft Excel and Raiser’s Edge would be strong assets. 
Interested candidates should send:
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A cover letter stating your interest in working with the CICC and summarizing your suitability for the position;
  • Three references (name, title, affiliation and phone number).
Please apply as soon as possible. Include your first and last name, the job title (Program Associate), and the date of submission in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until 30 May 2012 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.

Please email or fax applications to the Coalition for the International Criminal Court:
Fax: +1 (212) 599-1332
E-Mail: jobs@coalitionfortheicc.org

Note that only those candidates selected for interview will be notified. No phone calls, please.
The CICC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse and internationally representative staff.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

ABA International Law Internship

About the Section:
The Section of International Law has been the leader in the development of policy in the international arena and strives to promote the rule of law and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses on the full range of international legal issues and is involved in a wide variety of substantive legal activities. Currently, the Section has over 25,000 members worldwide. The objective of the Section of International Law is to promote interest, activity and research in international and comparative law, and to implement Goal IV of the Association, “to promote the rule of law in the world.” The Section engages in proactive and regular member services activity involving marketing and promotional work in the areas of membership, seminars, events, and technology.

About the Section’s International Projects:
The Section undertook its first overseas project in 1986 and, in the more than twenty-five years since, the Section has implemented numerous short- and long-term legal capacity-building projects around the world. The Section's Rule of Law Officer oversees the Section's activities in coordination with Section staff. Section members are encouraged to support and participate in the Section's exciting rule of law initiatives which include the International Legal Exchange Program (ILEX). Through ILEX, the Section arranges briefing trips throughout the world, offers legal assistance and training for foreign lawyers and other professionals, and facilitates entry into the U.S. by foreign attorneys who have been offered training by U.S. law firms.

The ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center "ILRC" is the long-standing flagship international project of the Section of International Law. Founded in 1999, the Center is based upon the common commitment of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support and promote good governance and the rule of law around the world. The mission of the ILRC is to provide a legal resource capability to serve UNDP global governance programs and projects supporting legal reform and democratic institution building. Serving as a key liaison between UNDP and the international legal community, the ILRC has provided on-demand research, desktop legislative assessments, and recommendations of legal experts to assist UNDP and national governments in drafting laws, building fundamental institutions, developing the legal profession, and training national officials.

The Section has a variety of Task Forces and Special Projects which are created to deal with specific, current international legal issues. Task Forces produce programming, listserve communications and discussions, ABA policy recommendations, and publications and often collaborate with other bar associations or ABA entities in their work. Some of the current, active Task Forces include the International Models Project on Women’s Rights Task Force (IMPOWR) and Task Force on Financial Engineering for Economic Development (FEED).

To learn more about the ABA Section of International Law and its International Projects, please visit: http://ambar.org/introl.

Position Description:
The assistant would provide project and administrative support to the International Projects Team, including, but not limited to, developing and updating spreadsheets tracking J-1 visa users; assisting in logistical arrangements related to the ILEX program; conducting web research and updating databases; assembling materials for visitors and shipments; preparing agendas and taking minutes for project conference calls; work on the Section’s IMPOWR website coordinating and working with IMPOWR volunteers and cooperating organizations; assisting with the ABA’s involvement with the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development; updating the ILRC Database; and providing administrative assistance to the Section’s Liaison Officer, Rule of Law Officer, and others involved with Section and its International Projects.

Length of Position & Compensation:
The position would be part-time (flexible schedule). Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of three months and work at least 20 hours per week. There will be the option for an extension with regard to hours and length of internship. Compensation is $10 an hour and the application deadline is Monday, May 21, 2012. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Open to all law students, students completing Masters Degree in International Relations, International Development, or relevant field. Fourth year undergraduate students (majoring in Political Science, Pre Law, or relevant field) will also be considered. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately, and ability to work independently as well as with others in a fast-paced office. Candidates must also demonstrate an interest in international development issues and have research and MS Office capabilities. Speaking additional languages is an asset.
Please submit a cover letter, schedule of availability, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and one-page resume to International Projects Coordinator Katie Van Geem at katie.vangeem@americanbar.org by Monday, May 21.

Internships at the Ministry of Justice, Country of Georgia

Ministry of Justice of Georgia (MOJ) is pleased to announce an internship program for international undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will have a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in the areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, fight against corruption, fast and efficient service delivery; meet various governmental and non-governmental agency representatives, participate in conferences, presentations, as well as Council sessions. Interns will learn from the experiences of fast developing country in the process of justice sector reforms - that has shown incredible success in fight against corruption and crime in general, introducing and implementing innovative approaches to public service and making best possible use of modern technologies to ensure transparency, constant innovation, efficiency and excellence in civil service.

Intern Job Description
POSITION TITLE: Intern at the Analytical Department of MOJ
REPORTS TO: Senior Legal Advisor/Head of the Unit
SALARY: Unpaid, home stay with MOJ employees can be provided if desired
HOURS: Flexible hours, immediate start, summer (4 to 8 weeks), single semester and full-year terms (academic or calendar year) available

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree preferred; accepting resumes from undergraduate students with at least two years of undergraduate studies completed.

DEADLINE: Open until filled, for summer internships, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time for necessary arrangements. Deadline for summer internships is June 15, 2012.

ADVANTAGES: Work with professionals who designed and implemented successful justice sector reforms; gain understanding of justice policymaking and setting up new systems and programs; meet the high level officials in the justice sector; observe innovative corporate management systems and strategies, learn by doing.

OFFICE ENVIRONMENT: MOJ offers excellent office environment, brand new building with modern technologies and comfortable office space, friendly staff, cafeteria and much more.

Responsibilities of Intern at the Analytical Department
- Conduct research and comparative analysis on legislation, policies, and practices in criminal justice, juvenile justice, fight against corruption, justice sector reforms and other related areas.
- Assist in producing reports with data analysis, graphics and narratives.
- Perform literature research/reviews using all available research methods, and summarize findings.
- Assist in elaboration, editing of various material produced and published by MOJ including newsletters, brochures, power point presentations for varied audiences, including line staff, mid-level managers, executives, and policy makers.
- Participate in conferences, forums, and meetings with high-ranking government officials, policymakers, researchers, and national experts.
Internship involves significant level of responsibility and opportunity for growth to an individual seeking to begin or advance a career in criminal justice, juvenile justice, as well as public policy.

Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in public policy, criminal justice, social sciences, international law and any other related field. Also accepting resumes from undergraduate students with at least two years of completed studies. Preferences will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience in research, justice policy and administration.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
- Strong writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills
- Experience with statistics/quantitative data analysis using SPSS or STATA (preferred, not required)
- Familiarity with current criminal justice research, organizational development and public policy initiatives desired
- Proficient skills using Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, Power Point
- Motivated and independent thinker
- High standards for work quality
- Good communication skills, both in-person and virtually, in a professional and collaborative manner
- Ability to present to large and diverse groups of professionals
- Ability to coordinate and respond to multiple priorities with tight deadlines
- Ability to learn from mistakes and engage in positive change
- Ability to work independently and efficiently, and excellent writing and analytic skills.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and a resume to:
Ms. Rusudan Mikhelidze
via e-mail to: summerinternships@justice.gov.ge

Additional Information about Agency
Ministry of Justice of Georgia Overview:
Ministry of Justice of Georgia (MOJ) is a part of the executive branch of the government. Mission of the agency is to protect public safety and human rights, provide high quality service to citizens, defend Georgia’s legal interests, support good governance and free business-environment, make justice systems more efficient and cost effective, and promote accountability for achieving better results.

MOJ hosts and coordinates the work of the Criminal Justice Reform Council as well as Anti-Corruption Council and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council all of them chaired by the Minister of Justice of Georgia and composed of high level government representatives, civil society and international organizations.

Recent achievements of MOJ
- Elaboration and advocating adoption of New Criminal Procedure Code
- Coordination of implementation of jury trials in Georgia. First ever jury trial was held in 2011, giving the citizens of Georgia opportunity to directly contribute to the fair and impartial administration of justice.
- Implementation of innovative Integrated Criminal Case Management System, a unique tool that allowed criminal case management go paperless and doubled the efficiency of professionals.
- Implementation of various projects aimed at liberalization of criminal justice policy, among them, diversion, prevention programs and community service.
- Creation and implementation of innovative model of fast, efficient and high quality service delivery - a Public Service Hall - the concept, which gained success not only in Georgia, but also outside of its borders and enabling MOJ to export its know-how to the other countries.
- Elaboration and implementation of uniform standards for service delivery through intensive training;
- Introduction of new mechanism for recruitment and many more.

Other Areas/Internship Positions
- Marketing
- Media, Communications
- Human Resource Management: Recruitment, Motivation Systems, Performance Appraisal
- Country Representation before the European Court of Human Rights
- International Investment Research and Analysis and Commercial Arbitration
- Drafting, Reviewing and Negotiating Contracts
- Education Management/Training Techniques
- International relations
- Project management
- Legislative drafting
- IT support, infrastructure management, programming, IT management
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and a resume to:
Ms. Rusudan Mikhelidze
via e-mail to: summerinternships@justice.gov.ge

Call for Essays - Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition

The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition in honor of former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz and in conjunction with the International Criminal Court at Ten international conference being held at Washington University School of Law on November 12, 2012. Essays for this competition should address the relationship between crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression, both as a matter of substantive law and jurisdiction. In particular, given that the crime of aggression is not currently enforceable in the ICC, essays should address whether illegal uses of force, interstate or otherwise, resulting in significant loss of life may currently be prosecutable before the ICC as crimes against humanity. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2012. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

International Bridges to Justice Legal and Communications Officer

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) supports the continued development of China's criminal justice system and promotes increased awareness of the rights of the accused. Working in partnernship with government and civil society institutions, IBJ provides practical training, resources, and other technical assistance to criminal defense lawyers and other criminal justice actors. IBJ's programming focuses specifically on strengthening the capacity of China's rapidly expanding indigent criminal defense system as well as the quality of the criminal defense bar. IBJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
IBJ is currently seeking a native English speaking lawyer for the position of Legal and Communications Officer, to be based in IBJ’s office in Beijing. The officer will directly report to the China Program Director.
Primary Responsibilities: Conduct thorough program analyses, reviewing project outputs against organizational goals and international criminal justice standards Facilitate impact studies of past and ongoing development projects Draft reports and other communications, such as website content, promotional materials, and grant applications Help implement projects, by assisting with trainings, roundtable events, and the production of legal educational materials Assist in the management of interns and pro bono staff Other tasks as necessary

Qualifications: Qualified lawyer 3 to 5 years of progressive experience and responsibility in the practice of law and/or program implementation Experience in the practice of criminal defense Native English speaker with some level of Mandarin Chines Strong commitment to IBJ’s mission Flexibility and willingness to work weekends/occasional long hours Superb writing skills Attention to detail Willingness to travel, especially to developing regions Self-starter with excellent judgment and ability to think strategically Positive attitude and a team player Knowledge of budgeting and monitoring and evaluation systems preferred

This is a long-term, full-time position. We would prefer someone who can stay in this position for 2+ years. Candidates with independent means of securing a visa are preferred. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with your date of availability, and detailed resume, in English, to abewicke@ibj.org before June 30, 2012. The expected start date for the position is September 1, 2012.

For additional informationon IBJ, please visit our website at: www.ibj.org.
Please send a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to abewicke@ibj.org