Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ABA International Law Section Student Writing Competition

Enter the ABA Section of International Law’s Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards. Topic of Essay: In Spring 2013, the US Supreme Court is likely to issue its decision on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 621 F. 3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. granted, 80 U.S.L.W. 3237 (U.S. Oct. 17, 2011) (No. 10-1491), involving a claim under Alien Tort Statute, which allows US courts to recognize cause of action for violation of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign nation other than the US. Here is your chance to weigh in as an amicus curiae on how the court should rule.

Winners will receive a $1,000 prize or an iPad and accessories up to $1,000 and a travel stipend of $1,000 to the Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.; and their award will be given by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at a US Supreme Court evening reception on Thursday, April 25, 2013 during the ABA International Section Spring 2013 Meeting.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GE International Law & Policy Fellowship

Date: Dec 18, 2012
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Job Number: 1668853
Business: GE Corporate
Business Segment: Corporate Legal
About Us: This fellowship is a year-long, full time program in GE’s Washington, DC office expected to start by March 5,
2013. We are seeking candidates with a background in international trade policy, law, economics and government. Candidates should have a deep understanding of international trade systems and policy.
Posted Position Title: R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship
Career Level: Experienced
Function: Legal
Function Segment: Administration and Support
Location: United States
U.S. State, China or Canada Provinces: District of Columbia
City: Washington
Postal Code: 20004-2414
Relocation Assistance: No
Role Summary/Purpose: GE is an equal opportunity employer, offering a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation.

General Electric’s Global Government Affairs & Policy group is seeking qualified candidates for a R. Michael Gadbaw International Law & Policy Fellowship program. GGA&P oversees 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 many aspects 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, and policy matters
  • Assist office administrative functions
  • Qualifications/Requirements: Basic Qualifications:
  • Graduate Degree or Law Degree requiredEligibility 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
  • Ability to work overtime as needed
  • GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen
  • Additional Eligibility Qualifications: 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 and policy
  • Knowledge of free trade agreements, emerging markets, international policy relating to infrastructure including energy and/or healthcare
  • Familiarity with current events
  • Adaptable and familiarity with GE’s worldwide operations
  • Self-starter and strong work ethic

  • Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

    United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme

    The deadline for receiving applications is
    31 January 2013.
    The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is a six-week course organized annually by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, under the Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, which is one of the cornerstones of the United Nation’s efforts to promote the rule of law. The International Law Fellowship Programme is designed to enable qualified persons, in particular, mid-level government legal officers and young teachers of international law from developing countries, and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law.

    The Courses
    The Fellowship Programme consists of a six-week summer course at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands. Fellows attend courses in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law and participate in lectures and seminars organized by the Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. The courses are given in either English or French. The 2013 Programme will be conducted in English.

    Fellows are selected on the basis of their qualifications, the needs of their respective countries and the potential benefits they may derive from the fellowship in their professional life. Preference will be given to candidates from countries whose nationals have not been awarded a fellowship in the immediately preceding years and to candidates from least developed countries.

    Financial Arrangements
    The Fellowship Programme will cover the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, medical insurance, the training material and the registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law. In accordance with policies and procedures governing the administration of United Nations fellowships, participants will receive a stipend to cover their living expenses. Accommodation will also be provided by the Fellowship Programme.

    Additional places will be made available for self-funded participants from developed countries and employees of international organizations who will have to bear all costs associated with their participation (travel, accommodation, living expenses, registration fee for The Hague Academy of International Law).

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    Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship - Applications Due February 1

    The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It was inaugurated in 2012. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship allows fellows to serve in professional placements as "special assistants" in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. View the bios of current Fellows.

    U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions, and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.

    Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships are available in Bangladesh, Burma, Côte d’IvoireDominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Nepal and Samoa.

    Application Deadline is February 1, 2013

    Program Length
    10 months

    Eligibility and Application Overview
    To participate in the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have:
    • a Master’s Degree, JD, or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a public policy applicable field.
    • met the host country language requirements.

    Note: Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for any Fulbright grants.

    Additional eligibility information and the application can be accessed at