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United Nations
HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4, P4, 19904, Deadline: 03/09/2011
INVESTIGATOR, P3, P3, 20009, Deadline: 03/09/2011
HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P3, P3, 19184, Deadline: 27/08/2011
HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER, P4, P4, 19869, Deadline: 28/07/2011
http://careers.un.org,

Human Rights Watch
Development and Outreach Department
(Berlin Office)
Deadline for applications: July 23, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Development and Outreach Coordinator.
Description: The Coordinator will report to the Germany Director of Development and Outreach and will provide administrative and clerical assistance to Human Rights Watch’s Berlin office
Qualifications: The successful candidate will be self-motivated, extremely well organized, collegial, able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be willing to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. Prior knowledge and experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising software is strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be fluent in oral and written German and English. Two to four years work experience in the field of fundraising or event management, as well as a strong interest in international human rights, is highly desirable. The ideal applicant will have solid office/administration experience and strong organizational and computer skills. Applicants for this position must possess current EU work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
apply (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than June 23, 2011 to Devjobs@hrw.org. Please use “Coordinator Ref DEV-11-1038-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Human Rights Watch
RESEARCHER ON LIBYA (and Mauritania)
Middle East / North Africa Division
(North Africa-based)
Deadline for applications: July 20, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Libya Researcher with the Middle East & North Africa Division.
Description: The Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy strategy on Libya in the context of the current crisis and beyond (and eventually will also assume responsibility for coverage of Mauritania). The Researcher will monitor, investigate, and document human rights violations in Libya and will write concise, accurate, and compelling briefing memos, reports, and press releases. The Researcher will press for change by conducting advocacy both nationally and internationally to bring human rights violations to the attention of both the Libyan government in Tripoli and the provisional governing body in Benghazi and to the international community. S/he will also engage with regional governments, the Arab League, donor governments, the European Union, and intergovernmental organizations to promote human rights reforms. The Researcher will work with Libyan and other regional human rights groups in gathering, analyzing, and presenting information and in supporting their advocacy and outreach capacity. S/he will respond promptly to internal and external inquiries on the human rights situation in that country. As the internal conflict in Libya subsides, the Researcher also will undertake these responsibilities in Mauritania.
Qualifications: A background in field-based human rights work in the region is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience working on human rights issues, ideally in the Middle East and/or North Africa. S/he must have strong research and documentation skills and be capable of producing excellent written material under tight deadlines. S/he will be able to demonstrate strong political judgment based on regional knowledge and experience working in a politically sensitive environment. An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, history or the social sciences is highly preferred.

The Researcher will be based in HRW’s Cairo or Tunis office, or if circumstances permit, in Libya, after a period of training of three to six months in HRW’s New York or Washington, DC office. Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, salary requirements, names and contact details for references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than July 20, 2011 to menajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Libya Researcher Application Ref: MENA-11-1036-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to: Human Rights Watch

Attn: Search Committee (Libya Researcher Ref: MENA-11-1036-C)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118

Human Rights Watch
ASSOCIATE
(administrative – not legal – position)
Asia Division
(London Office)
Deadline for applications: July 15, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the Asia division.
Qualifications: The candidate must be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. Strong interest in international human rights, as well as a degree in International Relations and/or relevant regional or thematic study or experience, is highly desirable. Fluency in a regional language (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu and/or Farsi) is advantageous. The candidate must have solid office/administration experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and excellent computer skills in a work environment. Applicants for this position must possess current UK work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at £24,000. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding pension plan and twenty-five (25) days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest, your resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample no later than July 15, 2011 to asiajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Asia Associate Ref ASIA-11-1010-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Asia Associate Ref ASIA-11-1010-C)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300

Human Rights Watch
Associate
(administrative – not legal – position)
Finance Division
(New York Office)
Deadline for applications: July 15, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Associate with the Finance Division.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, extremely well-organized, collegial, and able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously. S/he must be able to prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team. An undergraduate degree as well as work experience is highly desirable. Experience with Microsoft Excel (including formulas) is required, and experience with spreadsheet maintenance is a plus. Experience and/or familiarity with financial software, financial reporting, and accounting principles and practices is advantageous. Strong oral and written English language skills are required. The candidate must have a commitment to international human rights, solid office/administrative experience, demonstrated organizational skills, and strong computer skills. Applicants for this position must possess current US work authorization valid for a minimum of two years from start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range starts at US$39,136. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan and twenty (20) days vacation per year.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing together a letter of interest, resume, references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to financejobs@hrw.org. Please use "Associate Ref FIN-11-1034-C” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Associate Ref FIN-11-1034-C)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118
Fax: (212) 736-1300

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (“ACLU”)
The Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Legal Department seeks applicants for the full-time position of Staff Attorney in its San Francisco office. The Immigrants’
Rights Project conducts the largest litigation program in the country dedicated to enforcing and defending the constitutional and civil rights of
immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against non-citizens.
Duties:
• Participate in impact litigation on behalf of immigrants in federal trial and appellate courts, including work on case development, client
and witness interviews, discovery, and motions and briefs.
• Conduct legal research and fact investigation on immigrants’ rights issues and identify issues subject to legal challenge.
• Support and advise ACLU affiliates, coalition partners and the immigration bar on legal and policy issues.
• Serve as a resource for, and, when needed, participate directly in ACLU legislative and policy work.
• Advance ACLU goals through public education, advocacy and media.
• Supervise student interns, legal fellows, and paralegals.
• Work on funding proposals, reports and donor solicitations as requested.
Qualifications: J.D. degree is required. A minimum of five years of litigation experience preferred (Federal judicial clerkship is preferred);
Ability to work independently as well as within a team; Demonstrated commitment to public interest law; Ability to engage in complex legal
analysis and fact investigation in an impact litigation setting; Excellent legal research and writing skills are essential; Knowledge of immigra-
tion law is a plus; Fluency in Spanish is a plus; Willingness to travel.
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (sample will not be returned) and the names of three (3) references by email
to hrjobs@aclu.org. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Reference [IRP-12/ACLU-W] in the
subject line or by mail to: Human Resources, American Civil Liberties Union, RE: [IRP-12/ACLU-W], 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New
York, NY 10004

The WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks a dynamic leader with excellent vision, manage-
ment experience, cultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills and substantive background in human rights to serve as its Assistant
Director.
Qualifications: The Assistant Director will serve as a managing director/COO and project mentor for the various programs and
projects of the Center. S/he will help ensure that Center projects have a solid administrative infrastructure and s/he will help
create a common organizational culture within a Center undergoing rapid growth. The position requires at least 5 years of
proven experience in staff management, grant seeking, human rights project development and administration, and external rela-
tions. The successful candidate is a highly motivated and organized person, who manages multiple projects and people with
ease and good humor, prioritizes well and works well under pressure
Duties: (45% of Time) Manages day to day Center operations and successful project implementation. Ensures successful im-
plementation and administration of projects such as the Collaborative Capacity Building Project with the University of Peshawar
in Pakistan and other grant-funded initiatives. (30% of Time) Leads grant funded project development and special project start-
up. Develops and implements, in conjunction with Executive Director, grant funded programs which seek to promote and pro-
tect human rights and humanitarian law and expand the field of human rights education.(15% of Time) Coordinates external
relations. In conjunction with appropriate Center staff, oversees a communications and outreach plan to increase the Center’s
visibility at the local, national and international level as well as within the University. (10% of Time) Performs other duties as
assigned.
To apply: Qualified and interested candidates should submit their applications for the position at <www.american.edu/hr>.

The Innocence Project has established the position of Joseph Flom Special Counsel, a new senior-level staff posi-
tion that will significantly increase our capacity to address the leading causes of wrongful convictions through strategic litiga-
tion. This is a new capacity being developed at the Innocence Project.
Qualifications: The candidate must be an attorney with an active license and at least 10 years of litigation experience, including
significant experience in criminal defense or civil litigation in the criminal justice arena, and experience litigating issues regard-
ing scientific evidence in criminal cases. In addition, the person must have demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience
and a proven ability to design and implement litigation aimed at system or law reform
Duties: We are seeking candidates with established litigation and leadership skills, necessary for structuring and implementing
our strategic litigation reform work. The Joseph Flom Special Counsel will initially identify and litigate cases. In the course of
the first four years, the Special Counsel will develop and lead a small cadre of strategic litigators that will enable the Innocence
Project to increase its ability to free the innocent and reform the criminal justice system
To apply: Please email a brief cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: hr@innocenceproject.org. Please include Joseph
Flom Special Counsel in your Subject line, and in your cover letter, please reference where you saw the position posted. All .zip
file attachments will be deleted and unread. No phone calls, please.

Earthjustice
The Associate Attorney program places recently graduated lawyers into our regional offices for two-year fellowships, with the
possibility of an additional 3rd year. The California Regional Office is looking for an associate with a maximum of up to two years of litiga-
tion and/or judicial clerkship experience. Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys, research associates, and program assistants, to
investigate, develop, and litigate cases. Associates participate in the full range of tasks necessary to complex litigation, including client and
expert meetings, factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, and, on occasion, oral argument. The associate attorney will be
assigned to specific cases, working in a supporting role with staff attorneys, perform research for staff attorney cases not assigned to the asso-
ciate, and handle screening of potential new cases. The office may be relocating to San Francisco later this year, easily reachable by public
transit.
Qualifications: Applicants for the associate attorney position with the California Regional Office should have excellent academic creden-
tials and top-notch research and writing skills. Law review, environmental clerkships with non-profit or government agencies, moot court, or
other advocacy and writing experience is helpful. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, a sense of initiative, and the ability to work well
as part of a litigation team. A demonstrated commitment to public interest law and familiarity with environmental law is preferred. A sense of
humor is also useful.
To apply:Candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and writing sample to eajusca@earthjustice.org (please write
“Associate Attorney” in the subject line) or mail to: Earthjustice, California Regional Office, 426 17th St., 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. No
phone calls or drop-ins, please; candidates doing so will not be considered.

Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Criminal Law Reform Project, New
York—The ACLU, founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the
principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Criminal Law Reform Project of the ACLU’s National office in New
York City seeks applicants for the full-time position of Staff Attorney. The Criminal Law Reform Project seeks an end to excessively harsh
criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. The Project focuses its work at the
“front end” of the criminal justice system, from policing to sentencing, with an emphasis on ending our nation’s punitive drug policies, which
have failed to achieve public safety and health while putting unprecedented numbers of people behind bars and eroding constitutional rights.
We fulfill our mission through strategic litigation and advocacy that promotes reform of the criminal justice system and drug laws in particu-
lar, reduces the number of people entering the system, and protects the constitutional rights of those in the system. The Project’s current priori-
ties include: challenging police and prosecutorial misconduct.
The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Practice Area is seeking an attorney for a new two year Fragomen Fellowship.
The position requires at least two years experience in immigration law and criminal law to assist clients from New York City who are in or
have been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, may have criminal records, and are defending against removal. The
attorney will be employed by the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP as an associate and stationed at the City Bar Justice
Center for two years to assist in developing the Justice Center’s emerging detention defense practice and continuing community education and
outreach activities
Duties:
• Recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono volunteers for the detention project;
• Litigating a docket of detained cases in immigration court and federal court including cancellation of removal cases, habeas petitions,
asylum, convention against torture, 212© relief, amongst others.
• Serving as liaison from the Justice Center to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on pro bono projects;
• Developing model pleadings and a brief bank for detained cases;
• Supporting the work of the Katzmann Immigrant Representation Study Group to improve access to counsel and quality of counsel available
to immigrants in New York.
• Serving as liaison between the Fragomen firm and the City Bar Justice Center’s other projects including the Immigrant Women and Children
Project and Refugee Assistance Project.
Qualifications:
• Admitted to practice law in New York State and federal courts;
• Two or more years of experience in criminal and immigration litigation or participation in a law school immigration clinic handling
criminal and immigration cases and at least one year of a federal clerkship;
• Ability and willingness to travel to detention facilities outside of New York City;
• Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills;
• Spanish language proficiency preferred;
• Available to start in late August 2011.
To apply: Interested applicants should submit the resume, a cover letter, writing sample, and two references (including daytime telephone
numbers) directly to Fragomen at recruitment@fragomen.com to the attention of: Michael McEvoy, Global Recruiting Manager, Fragomen,
Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, (732) 862-5163, mmcevoy@fragomen.com
Organization

The Thurgood Marshall Fellow
The Lawyers’ Committee views the causes we champion as broadly related to positions and ethical stances taken
by Justice Thurgood Marshall during his distinguished legal career. The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship is designed for an
attorney who has practiced for a minimum of two years and has a demonstrated commitment to civil rights law. It is our hope
that the fellowship will enhance the Fellow’s understanding of civil rights law and prepare the Fellow for a career of promoting
social justice. Fellowship is available for a two-year term (September 2011-September 2013)
Duties: The Thurgood Marshall Fellow will primarily assist with our impact litigation, policy advocacy, and direct services
work in the area of racial justice. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to work on projects in the area of immigrant justice.
Qualifications:
1. A minimum of two years post-graduate legal experience (this may include up to one year of a post-graduate judicial clerkship);
2. Bar membership (membership in California Bar preferred); 3. Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in civil rights
law; 4. Prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and/or immigrant communities in the San
Francisco Bay Area and/or proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin) is desired but not
required; 5. Excellent oral and written communication skills; 6. Values working cooperatively with others, both within the
organization and in the community
To apply: Please send cover letter, a resume with three references and a writing sample to Lawyers’ Committee c/o Silvia
Contreras by email to scontreras@lccr.com or by fax to (415) 543 0296

NYLPI, a non-profit civil rights legal organization, is accepting applications from candidates for post-graduate
fellowship opportunities in its Health Justice program and/or in the Disability Law Center. The Fellow would begin at NYLPI
in the fall of 2012. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. With
every case and every campaign, we continue to elaborate an approach to working with marginalized communities that is ambitious,
participatory, and dynamic.
Qualifications:Applicants for the fellowship will have a J.D. and litigation experience, but may include exceptional recent
law students with judicial clerkship experience. In either case, applicants need strong project management skills, proven success
in working collaboratively and under pressure. Superior writing, research and verbal skills in presenting both to lawyers
and to the non-lawyer public. The attorney must be a member of the Washington State Bar (or willing to take the next bar
examination).
To apply:Please note: only 3Ls graduating in 2012 or outgoing judicial clerks are eligible to apply. email a letter of application
and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Legal Fellowship. In
your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting

CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND EVENTS
World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 8 and 9 December 2011, Pretoria, South Africa- Deadline: August 15
Posted by Valerie Oliphant on June 30, 2011 at 6:47pm in Training Opportunities, Conferences and Events
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You are cordially invited to participate in the third World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, due to be held on 8 and 9 December 2011, to mark International Human Rights Day. The competition is presented by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law, with the support of the Regional Office for Southern Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ROSA).
The second World Human Rights Moot Court was held in 2010. In view of the success of this event, it was decided to continue with the competition.
A team of two students from your Faculty – preferably one female and one male – is invited to submit heads of argument on the basis of a hypothetical case. Based on the assessment of the heads of argument by a panel of experts, three teams from each of the five UN regions will be invited to participate in person in the semi-finals and final round in Pretoria in December 2011. Teams will be required to cover their own travelling and other expenses, although accommodation and local travelling costs as well as meals in Pretoria will be covered by the organisers. There is a participation fee of R5 000 for all teams who are selected for participation in the semi-finals and final round in Pretoria. Limited financial assistance can be requested by teams who are unable to pay this fee. The official languages of the competition are English and French, and there will be simultaneous translation.
The competition website containing the rules of procedure and the problem as well as the registration form, http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=11341&language=0 . Registration forms must be received by 15 August 2011 and heads of argument must be submitted by 9 September 2011, by email to cherryl.botterill(at)gmail.com. However, motivated requests for moderate extension of time will be considered if received before that date.

The application for the 2012 session of the annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University is now available. We would like to ask you to disseminate this announcement to eligible human rights activists and organizations.
The application is available online at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply/. This web-based format is the only version of the 2012 application.
The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, social workers, community organizers, and other human rights activists working with NGOs on issues including sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, minority rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, labor rights, migration, health, HIV/AIDS, social exclusion, environmental justice, and corporate social accountability.
Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience in human rights, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to pursue graduate-level studies. Full-time students or government officials will not be considered.
Advocates must work at the grassroots level. Applicants from high-income countries will not be considered except for those representing marginalized communities. See the FAQ at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/apply/faq/ for more information about this requirement. Fluency in English is required. Preference is given to those who have not previously had opportunities to travel and study internationally.
Advocates must provide proof of institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program. Only one application per organization should be submitted. More than one application means all applications from that organization will be disqualified.
This extremely competitive Program will admit approximately ten participants. We make every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and living expenses for selected Advocates each year.
Completed applications are due by Friday, November 18, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The 2012 HRAP will take place from late August to the middle of December 2012. http://hrcolumbia.org/hrap/

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, together with members of the National Inter-Agency Organizing Body, is conducting the “2nd National Educators Congress on Human Rights Education” on July 20-22, 2011 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City. The first was organized in 2009. Both are in keeping with the World Programme for Human Rights Education. Participants are coming from the educational institutions of security forces, academe, and civil society organizations.
For more information, please visit http://www.chr.gov.ph

The Faculty of Law of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is pleased to announce that it is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education in Durban, South Africa from 14th–16th November 2011.
The Conference aims to attract a broad spectrum of stakeholders both formally and informally involved in human rights education, and human rights more broadly. This will include officials and experts from governments and international/regional institutions with a focus on human rights, as well as judges, scholars, lawyers, students and human rights activists.
We invite a broad range of participation around this theme and welcome contributions that address the following keys issues:
• Education for a human rights culture
• Strategies for educating about human rights
• Human rights, cultural diversity and vulnerable groups
HRE and sustainable development
HRE and HIV/AIDS
HRE and Good Governance
The deadline for submission of abstracts (300 words maximum) is Friday, 15 July 2011. All abstracts must be emailed to: hre2011@ukzn.ac.za or faxed to +27 (0)31 260 1606.
For details on the Conference Fee and Accommodation please see our website: www.hre2011.ukzn.ac.za
Scholarships
There are limited funds available to support the attendance of individuals from developing countries. Although these are limited to presenters, preference will be given to those who submit successful abstracts. Should you wish to be considered for a full or partial scholarship please indicate this when you submit your abstract and include a CV and Letter of Motivation.
For further details about the Conference please see our website: www.hre2011.ukzn.ac.za

Call for papers for an expert seminar and special issue on Law, Power Sharing and Human Rights
Please find below a call for papers for an expert seminar and special issue on “Law, Power Sharing and Human Rights” organised by the Law and Development research group of the University of Antwerp (http://www.ua.ac.be/RO). Please feel free to circulate this posting to your networks and contacts.

Conference: Victims of International Crimes
International Research and Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials
(ICWC); Center for Conflict Studies (CCS)
06.10.2011-08.10.2011, Marburg
organized by:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Bonacker
funded by:
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Stiftung Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft (EVZ)
Conference Website: http://www.victimsofinternationalcrimes.org

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND COURSES

Training Course on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights organizes annually professional training courses on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Project has extensive experience in organizing two types of training aimed at providing professionals with tailored knowledge on the protection of ESC rights according to their level of experience. The Training Course on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is designed to introduce participants to ESC rights, while the Advanced Training Course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is aimed at providing more practical tools to advanced professionals in this area.
On this occasion, the Project proudly announces the organization of the second annual Training Course on Understanding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
This Training Course will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 21–25 November 2011. It is designed for human rights advocates, staff of NGOs and national human rights institutions, representatives of governments, and staff of UN bodies and other international organizations, as well as members of the academia, working or wanting to work on economic, social and cultural rights.
For more information about the course, please see the flyer, application form and other information at http://www.adh-geneva.ch/professional-training/professional-training-in-escr/tc
For general information about its trainings on ESC rights, see http://www.adh-geneva.ch/professional-training/professional-training-in-escr.
You can contact the organisers at escrtraining@adh-geneve.ch.

E-learning course: Security and protection for human rights defenders and social organisations
Posted on June 15, 2011 by admin
This e-learning course is designed for NGOs, social organisations and individuals. It lasts for 60 hours over 3 months (approximately 5 hours per week) and is hosted by Protection International training staff (protection experts with extensive training experience in many countries). The first course, in Spanish, is to due to start in mid 2011, English and French courses will follow.
Why take this course?
Education and training for Human Rights Defenders is a broad subject with different needs. One such need, which we consider to be very important, is security. With the present course we aim for human rights defenders to develop various skills, capacities and strategies to allow them to improve the level of security and protection, both for themselves and also for the people they work with.
Who is the course for?
This course is for members of organisations and people whose work involves human rights, social development and humanitarian aid. Proof of experience working in these fields is required, along with the existence, or possible existence, of a risk to their security, because of their work activities. Armed conflict or political repression, due to their activities as human rights defenders, could be examples of suitability.
Course fees
The enrolment fee will depend on various factors – such as country of origin or residence, the institution the participant is involved with, the course duration, etc. In any case we will offer the lowest price possible, to enable participation.
More information:
For more information visit: www.protectionline.org or write to: e-learning@protectioninternational.org

Call for applications: Meeting of Asian experts on law and practice in respect of torture:
REDRESS and the Asian Human Rights Commission are delighted to issue this call for applications to participate in a regional expert meeting which forms part of the action “Reparation for Torture: Global Sharing of Expertise” supported by the EU European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The meeting will take place in Hong Kong on 23-25 September 2011.
The meeting aims to bring together a series of experts with experience in assisting torture survivors in the countries of the region to identify systemic challenges and best practices. It will provide an opportunity to exchange information and experiences of use in litigating torture cases and advocating legal and institutional reforms. The meeting forms part of a series of regional events that seek to strengthen the collaboration of practitioners to more effectively combat torture. The contributions made before and during the meetings will be reflected in regional and global reports on the law and practice relating to the prohibition of torture to be published in several languages.
The meeting will include panel discussions covering a range of issues relating to the prohibition of torture and its practical application in the region, such as prevention of torture and related ill-treatment, accountability and reparation processes, country-specific problems, as well as the identification and analysis of recurrent problems and best practices. We hope to have an outcome document agreed by the participants of the meeting which will serve as its communiqué and can be used in public advocacy and awareness raising activities across the continent.
This call is open to practising lawyers and civil society experts in the countries of the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PDRK, the Philippines, Rep. of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam.
A total number of 18 participants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
proven track-record of bringing human rights cases and experience in representing torture survivors before domestic courts and/or other fora;
demonstrated interest in and/or knowledge of human rights law and its application in different contexts;
interest in sharing experience and learning more about the situation in other countries of the region, as well as international standards in the field.
The following criteria will be used as subsidiary ones:
wide range of relevant experience, including different types of cases, concerning various aspects of the prohibition of torture;
at least two years of experience in litigation;
shown interest of engagement with international mechanisms and international projects;
academic record (published articles in peer-reviewed journals, books in English or other international languages).
Participants are expected to present a case study on the basis of a pending or recently concluded case from their own practice. Before the meeting, participants will be asked to provide responses to a detailed questionnaire on the law and practice on torture in their countries, which will be discussed during the meeting and reflected in the regional and global reports.
Participants are expected to attend all three days of the meeting and to contribute actively to the panel discussions and round tables which will be conducted in English. We encourage participants to chair one of the panel discussions.
The organisers will cover travel and accommodation expenses of the participants.
Please apply by 10 July 2011 by sending a cover letter setting out your experience and interest in participating at the meeting together with your CV to sergey@redress.org and basil.fernando@ahrc.asia.
Should you need any further information please contact Sergey Golubok (sergey@redress.org).

Call for Applications for the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2011-2013
The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation (BGRF), in cooperation with its partners the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and the Network of East-West Women (NEWW), and in cooperation with representatives of the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives (ECPI) are announcing their Call for Applications for the Fourth Round of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI), 2011-2013.
The completed WHRTI application form and all supporting documents must be sent to office@bgrf.org by 31 July 2011.
The Web page of the Institute is http://www.institute.bgrf.org.


GRANT OPPPRTUNITIES

Call for Writers: Voices from the Frontlines
Posted by Caroline Anderson on June 30, 2011 at 8:17am in Media and New Media Related Opportunities
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Share your views & experiences in the Peace X Peace weekly e-publication Voices from the Frontlines.
Voices from the Frontlines are first-person accounts of what is happening around the world, how it impacts women, and how women are building peace.
We invite you to contribute a simple account of what life is like from your perspective. This is your chance to influence what people around the world know about your country,
organization, profession, or passion.
The basics:
Aim for a length of 500 words. 800 words is the upper limit.
Write from your personal perspective. The strength of Voices is that they are first-person accounts.
Include your location (Country).
Attach a photo of you or the people and events described in the post.
Some tips as you write:
The most compelling (and widely read) posts make a personal connection. For example, if you are writing about an issue, tell why you care about that issue. If you are writing about an event, include
an anecdote from the event.
Ask yourself: How does the story you are telling relate to peace and women’s role in building peace?
The experiences described can be large or small; they can be in the voice of the activist or in the voice of a witness.
We welcome stories about challenges or accomplishments or both. If you are describing a challenge, though, please give readers at least a glimpse of hope.
Is there an action you would like readers to take after reading your post? If so, be clear about what that action is.
We publish 3-4 new Voices every week. Examples of recent topics include teaching interfaith understanding in the United States, female peace committees in the Niger Delta, women affected by the floods in Pakistan, parliamentary politics in Australia, and practices of non-violent communication in the Philippines.
To see past Voices look here: http://www.peacexpeace.org/category/voices-from-the-frontlines/
Voices are shared on the Peace X Peace website (www.peacexpeace.org), distributed to our over 10,000 subscribers, and promoted on Facebook and Twitter.
To submit a story or ask questions email caroline@peacexpeace.org

Commonwealth Foundation grants for ‘Women as Agents of Change’
The Commonwealth Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a Special Grants Fund for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Commonwealth Associations (CAs) to undertake strategic and innovative projects that will promote the Commonwealth theme for 2011, ‘Women as Agents of Change’.
Grant applications for up to £20,000 are invited from registered CSOs and CAs from the 54 countries across the Commonwealth from 1 June -1 July to undertake projects lasting between three to six months which meet at least two of the following criteria:
1. Foster collaboration and learning between women’s organisations in more than one Commonwealth country;
2. Involve collaboration with national women’s machineries (NWMs) and governments in promoting women and girls’ social, economic and political empowerment;
3. Showcase the achievements of women in addressing social, economic and political change at national or regional levels.
4. Projects which will have an impact on women at a regional level;
5. Bring together women from different geographical, social and ethnic background to promote national and regional priorities.
Priority will be given to applications which address one or more of the following areas:
• Capacity enhancement for Women’s organisations in policy development and implementation.
• Implementation of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action (PoA)
• Women’s leadership and participation in democratic governance.
• Social protection and girls’ development.
• Opportunities for rural women and girls.
• Women’s social, economic and human rights.
Each eligible organisation can submit only one application to the Fund.
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/NewsArticle.aspx?articleID=162

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe launched the call for nominations for the 2011 North-South Prize at the end of January 2011. We would like to invite you to send your proposals for nominations. The deadline has been extended until 15 July 2011.
The North-South Prize Jury will meet in Strasbourg in September to select the Prize winners and the Prize Ceremony will take place in Lisbon in spring 2012.
Please note the link towards the North-South Prize:
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/NS_Prize_en.asp
Please note the link concerning the guidelines for the jury :
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/NSPrizeguidelines2009_en.pdf

The University of Birmingham has launched a global search to appoint up to 50 Birmingham Fellows – Peace and Collaborative Development Network internationalpeaceandconflict.org
Birmingham Invests in Global Talent for more information see http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2011/06/13Jun-Birmingham-Invests-in-Global-Talent.aspx

FLOW: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women
Posted on June 28, 2011 by admin
FLOW is a new fund initiated by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to strengthen the rights and opportunities for women and girls worldwide. Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has reserved 70 million Euros for this fund.
FLOW will focus on three priorities: security (including violence against women and UN Resolution 1325), economic empowerment (with an emphasis on food security, land, water and economic rights) and political participation. In these three priorities female leadership is seen as an important instrument.
Dutch or international NGOs applying for this grant opportunity must be based in or operate in developing countries. The programme must focus on at least one of the following three categories of activities:
Activities designed to promote security by combating violence against women and actively involving women in processes of peace, security and reconstruction;
Activities designed to promote economic self-reliance, through giving women a say in food security, employment and property rights and access to safe drinking water;
Activities focused on the participation and representation of women in politics and public administration
NGOs that meet the criteria as specified in the application documents are welcome to apply for a FLOW grant.
For more information, see the interview with Robert Dijksterhuis, head of the Gender Division of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, or contact dmh-tender@minbuza.nl


OTHERS

Join New Tactics, Jane Barry and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Being Well and Staying Safe: Resources for human rights defenders from June 22 to 28, 2011. Follow and take part in the Dialogue at http://www.newtactics.org/en/dialogue/being-well-and-staying-safe-resources-human-rights-defenders

Human rights and disability rights advocates around the globe can now access a newly launched tool for finding the knowledge and toolkits they need: the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) at http://gdrl.org.

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