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Wanted: Brilliant Idealist

Yahoo!

Yahoo! is built on the principles of open access to information and user trust. We believe that access to information fundamentally improves lives and advances human rights around the world.

The Business & Human Rights Program at Yahoo! was officially launched in May of 2008 to help us integrate human rights decision-making into our business operations. Yahoo! is determined to lead when it comes to protecting the privacy of almost half a billion users around the world, and to promoting free expression on the Internet.

The BHRP is looking for a passionate, brilliant, hard-working intern, who plays well with others and is still idealistic enough to believe that s/he can change the world.

This position will report to the Director of the BHRP, and will work with a cross-functional team (including legal, security, public affairs, product, government affairs and emerging markets) to build and support key components of the Program.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research and write background reports for regional Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA)
  • Source, develop and edit content about the intersection of human rights and technology for the BHRP website (http://humanrights.yahoo.com)
  • Assist with the planning and execution of the second annual BHRP Business & Human Rights Summit (http://www.yhumanrightsblog.com/blog/our-initiatives/business-human-rights-summit/)
  • Assist with the preparation of employee human rights trainings for international, senior audiences
  • Conduct research on socially responsible reporting recommendations and guidelines
  • Find and recruit your successor!

Internship Period

  • Approximately 10 weeks, with a February start date
  • Approximately 10-16 hours per week, paid

Location

  • Sunnyvale, California (there is no relocation available for this position)

Education

  • BS/BA degree required
  • Graduate degree (JD, or MA in related field) in progress required
  • Exceptional candidates whose undergraduate degrees are in progress are encouraged to apply

Required Competencies/Attributes/Experience:

  • International work or study experience
  • Superior research, writing and presentation skills (writing samples will be required)
  • Past work or study experience in issues related to human rights, social media and/or free expression
  • Proficiency with MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work independently
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Impeccable integrity, passion for human rights, sound judgment, creativity and the demonstrated ability to think critically and challenge received wisdom

Application Deadline, Details

  • February 12, 2010
  • To apply, please submit a thoughtful cover letter and your CV to bhrp [at] yahoo-inc. com
  • No phone calls, please

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Program Assistant

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Closing date: 26 Feb 2010

Location: Haiti – Port au Prince

Position: Program Assistant-Haiti

Location: Port au Prince

Supervisor: Haiti Country Director

Compensation: This is a volunteer posting.

Heartland Alliance will cover: R/T airfare, medical insurance and shared housing for the volunteer.

Background

Organization Description: For more than 100 years, Heartland Alliance has been working with displaced and vulnerable people in the Chicago area, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and victims of trafficking. The services offered to these populations include legal protections, torture treatment, medical and psychosocial care and services specific to children’s needs. Using the expertise gained through the delivery of such services, Heartland Alliance has turned its attention to the countries where these vulnerable and displaced persons originate, which have been adversely affected by war, violence and poverty. In these countries, Heartland Alliance applies its particular areas of expertise to build the capacity of local partners to provide quality and sustainable services to vulnerable populations.

Heartland Alliance is recruiting an International Program Assistant to support successful implementation of Heartland Alliance?s emergency response programs in Haiti and to support new program development.

Position Roles & Responsibilities:

- Assist in organizing travel logistics for both national and international staff including booking and following up on flights, hotel reservations, and drivers;

- Attend cluster meetings and disseminate information to key Heartland Alliance personnel;

- Assist with researching equipment and other materials for purchase and ensure that purchases arrive in a timely manner;

- Assist with other administrative tasks related to the support of the Heartland Alliance programs including reports, proposals and other activity documents;

- Give informational interviews and conduct outreach with representatives of other organizations as required;

- Support proposal development ? including technical research, best-practices research, content analysis and interpretation, writing, editing and proposal submission;

- Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

- Education: Bachelor?s degree in public policy, public health, international development, law, medicine or other relevant field;

- Very strong research skills, especially around complex emergencies, international development, mental health, gender based violence and/or human rights;

- Superb oral and written communications skills;

- Highly proficient with Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel;

- Able to read and interpret documents, and communicate with others as necessary to perform job duties effectively;

- Excellent organization skills;

- Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to multi-task;

- Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; must also have the ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form;

- Must have the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and percentages.

- Ability to work well under pressure for extended hours in a resource limited post-disaster context.

Desired Qualifications:

- Administrative and research experience is preferred.

- Experience with health or mental health programs a plus.

- Experience working in post-disaster contexts a plus.

- Basic French speaking skills.

- Program development/proposal development experience.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to the following e-mail address: abecklund@heartlandalliance.org

Program and Communications Associate

Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), a partnership of twenty autonomous organizations primarily in Muslim-majority countries, trains and supports women leaders and advocates for a just, peaceful world. WLP creates culturally-specific leadership trainings on democratic participation and partners with local organizations to help women gain the skills they need to fulfill greater leadership roles at the family, community and national level. Over the past decade, WLP’s programs and training materials, published in twenty languages, have reached thousands of women in over forty countries, strengthening local organizations to become self-sustaining and to power women’s movements across the globe.

Job Description: The Program and Communications Associate is based at the WLP liaison office in Bethesda, Maryland (in the Washington DC metro area). Responsibilities include:

  • Liaise with WLP’s partner organizations and assist with coordinating the implementation and evaluation of grassroots training workshops, and training of trainer institutes.
  • Write reports to funders, board, and partners based on program results from the field.
  • Assist with planning and implementing international conferences and meetings.
  • Coordinate the production of culture-specific language editions of leadership training handbooks, multimedia materials, and other training tools, including working with writers, reviewers, translators, editors, graphic designers, and printers.
  • Update and maintain website content, liaise with content contributors, authors, and editors and assist with coordinating the development of WLP’s multi-lingual websites.
  • Maximize WLP’s online presence through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter; intensive outreach to web-based publications; and promotion on key gender and development websites and assist with the execution of innovative web-based campaigns for WLP’s human rights advocacy program.
  • Assist the development of e-newsletters, listservs, webcasts, and video-conferencing among WLP partners and with maintaining mailing list database.

Qualifications: Commitment and dedication to women’s empowerment. Masters degree. Excellent writing and editing skills. Experience in using social media technologies such as Facebook and Twitter for organizing or advocacy. Ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Proficiency with emerging technologies; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; and ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.

Preferred Skills: Interest in communications and technology (basic html experience). Foreign language skills (Arabic and/or French preferred). Familiarity with the politics, history, and cultures in Africa or Asia or the Middle East. Creativity and flexibility.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Please email your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working at WLP to wlp@learningpartnership.org with the subject line Program and Communications Associate. Also, please indicate your first day of availability in the letter.

Office Director, Moscow Office

Human Rights Watch (“HRW”)

HRW is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Office Director for the Europe & Central Asia (“ECA”) Division’s Moscow Office.

Description: Reporting to the Europe and Central Asia division’s Deputy Director, the Moscow Office Director: represents HRW in all aspects of our work in the region, develops strategies to curb human rights abuses in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine, monitors human rights in these countries, oversees compliance with Russian and internal administrative and financial requirements; and manages a small local staff. The director will work closely with HRW’s Russia team.

The Moscow Office Director is HRW’s spokesperson in the region and represents the organization before the international community, our partner organizations, and regional media. The Moscow Office Director investigates human rights developments in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine in order to publicize and curtail human rights abuses through writing and advocacy. The Director also ensures the operational integrity of the Russia office. Responsibilities will include documenting human rights violations; writing and publicizing concise and accurate reports, briefing papers, news releases, op-eds and submissions to international bodies as needed; bringing human rights violations to the attention of governments in the region; advocating for the improvement of human rights in the region with target regional governments, the EU, the US government, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and other multilateral bodies; working with local groups and activists including through coalition work and campaigns with local groups; expanding HRW’s media presence in Russia; expanding contacts with government officials and human rights groups in the target countries, and international organizations based in the region; working with the HRW Operations team and local staff to ensure the security of our Russia office and compliance with local and internal regulations; overseeing other financial and administrative aspects of the Moscow office.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be scrupulously objective, able to investigate and report on abuses without prejudice or favor, and in contexts that are highly charged politically. The individual in this position must be able to respond quickly to crises or opportunities as they occur, producing written material in English under tight deadlines. The position combines elements of research, writing, advocacy, administration and management, and requires an individual who has solid judgment and initiative, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent research and writing skills.

The ideal candidate should have an advanced degree in international relations, related regional studies, journalism, law, or another related field; several years of human rights or related experience, in Russia and, ideally, in one or more of the target countries; fluent command of Russian and excellent writing and communications skills in English; and a demonstrated commitment to international human rights. Management experience is advantageous.

The Moscow Office Director will be based in Moscow, Russia, and should be prepared to travel extensively in the region and occasionally to the United States and Europe for consultations and advocacy.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and generous 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 (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, salary requirements, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than March 1, 2010 to ecajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Moscow Director Ref ECA-10-1002-B” as the subject of your email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch

Attn: Researcher Search (Moscow Director Ref ECA-10-1002-B)

350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10118-3299 USA

Fax: (212) 736-1300

Staff Attorney

ACLU of North Carolina, Racial Justice Project

Overview: The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) seeks a full-time attorney to staff our Racial Justice Project, based out of our office in Raleigh. The staff attorney for our Racial Justice Project will work on issues of racial justice, involving criminal justice, racial profiling, and immigrants’ rights, employing strategies involving community outreach, public education, litigation and general legal advocacy. The ACLU-NC is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Because this position will require community outreach and organizing throughout the state, applicants must have a willingness and ability to travel often and to maintain a flexible work schedule.

Qualifications: A passion for civil liberties and a commitment to organizing. Demonstrated experience in coalition building and community organizing. Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate volunteers. J.D. with at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in racial justice and/or immigrants’ rights work. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills. Ability to develop and implement litigation strategies. Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines. Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues. Excellent organizational and case management skills; meticulous attention to detail. Experience working with diverse communities, clients and coalition partners. Membership in good standing with the North Carolina Bar or admission to the North Carolina Bar within one year of hire. Willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events. Proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required.

Duties include: Networking with allies and building coalitions to achieve the goals of the Project; Coordinating a coalition of activists and community leaders working to monitor and track incidents of racial profiling by law enforcement and to develop strategies to prevent such abuses; Researching and writing reports to advance the Project’s public education mission; Coordinating the Project’s education and outreach efforts; Actively seeking out opportunities to do community outreach to enhance civil liberties awareness throughout the state of North Carolina; Researching civil liberties issues concerning racial justice and/or immigrants’ rights that arise, and preparing legal memoranda, demand letters, advocacy letters, complaints and briefs; Presenting selected cases to the Legal Committee and the Board of Trustees for evaluation and authorization of litigation; Securing the services, and expanding the pool, of cooperating attorneys for authorized litigation concerning racial justice and/or immigrants’ rights; Conducting outreach to networks of attorneys who have volunteered to assist in the work of the Project; Monitoring the Project’s litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and participating directly in Project litigation, either as co-counsel with cooperating attorneys or the ACLU-NCLF’s Legal Director, or when necessary, as lead counsel; Obtaining and supervising the assistance of volunteers and law students; Developing and maintaining relationships with the national ACLU, its projects, and other state affiliates; Preparing necessary dockets and reports for the public, the membership, the Board and the Executive Director; Participating in national ACLU legal conferences and maintaining the requisite CLE requirements (at the ACLU-NCLF’s expense); Speaking at public forums, meetings and events on various civil liberties topics and granting interviews to the media, as directed by the Executive Director; Performing other related duties as assigned by Executive Director. These are not all-inclusive, but these are the priorities set by the Board of Directors and the Executive Director.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; Excellent benefits including: paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, life and disability coverage, 401(k).

To apply: Applications should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and list of at least three professional references, including contact information for each. Submit applications to: Jennifer Rudinger, Executive Director, ACLU of North Carolina

P. O. Box 28004, Raleigh, NC 27611-8004. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 16, 2010.

Associate

Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP

Overview: Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP (www.ecbalaw.com) is seeking to hire an associate to begin as soon as possible. Currently fifteen lawyers, the firm is a litigation boutique with an eclectic mix of cases, including a core civil rights practice focused on police misconduct, First Amendment rights, election law, employment and housing discrimination, prisoners’ rights, education law, and family law. The firm also has a general commercial litigation practice that comprises about half of its work.

Qualifications: We are seeking a lawyer with 1-3 years of experience and outstanding academic credentials, writing ability, and advocacy skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues. Federal clerkship experience is preferred but not required.

To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to the attention of the Hiring Committee by email to ijohnson@ecbalaw.com.

Humanitarian Program Officer

Trócaire

Closing date: 18 Feb 2010

Location: Haiti – Port-au-Prince

Description of the unit / department:

Trócaire has been working through local partners in Haiti since 1991. Given the scale of the destruction caused by the earthquake Trócaire has launched an emergency response. Trócaire expects to continue working in Haiti throughout both the relief and recovery phases.

Trócaire is part of the Caritas Confederation, which has 162 member organisations globally. In the first days and weeks since the earthquake Trócaire has been responding mainly through the confederation, namely Caritas Haiti and CRS. Trócaire is now looking for a Programme Officer to be based in Haiti, to work closely with the Caritas confederation and to develop the programme with other partners.

Trócaire has a Regional Office for Latin America in Honduras and has a regional humanitarian programme and an innovative DRR programme. Globally Trócaire?s work focuses on six themes, articulated in our strategic plan – Mobilising for Justice, Building Sustainable Livelihoods, Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies, the Environment, HIV and Gender. This position is part of the Latin America Region.

Background to the Role: Trócaire does not directly implement programmes, but works with local civil society actors and Caritas partners to ensure that local people are responsible for their own development. Given the size of the response Trócaire intend to have a presence in country.

Reporting to: Humanitarian Coordinator transitioning to the Regional Manager (Honduras) if extended beyond six months.

Working with: National administrative staff, Trócaire Humanitarian Team (Maynooth) and Latin America Regional Office, LARO (Honduras)

Managing: (Individuals/Team) N/A (Subject to review)

Contract Type: Fixed term

Contract Duration: 6 months (subject to programme review)

Grade and Scale: Overseas Programme Officer

Location of Position: Port au Prince, Haiti

Scope of the Role: To establish a presence for Trócaire in Haiti and to oversee the first phase of Trócaire?s response programme. Trócaire expects to work closely with other Caritas members to ensure a high-quality emergency intervention. This job will the first post recruited for the Haiti team and is being recruited while the context is still extremely fluid; therefore this job description will be reviewed after 2 months.

Person Specification ? Essential Requirements (E)

(E) Qualification : Relevant postgraduate qualification, substantial work experience is acceptable in lieu

(E) Experience:

- At least 3 years experience of managing emergency programmes and of working with local partners

- Experience of working in insecure contexts

- Experience of partner accompaniment and capacity building

- Knowledge of project cycle management

(E) Skills:

- Fluent written and spoken English and French

- Technical skills in humanitarian response including knowledge and experience of working with the Red Cross code of conduct and SPHERE

- Strong proposal and report writing skills

- Knowledge of gender equality

- Excellent financial literacy

- Dynamic and willing to take initiative

- A team player but also willing and able to work with minimal supervision

- Willingness to work as part of and with other Church based organisations

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Computer literate

(E) Qualities:

- Capable of working in physical and organizationally challenging environments

- A sensitive and patient approach to advising and mentoring of staff and partners

To apply, please download application form from; www.trocaire.org and return completed form to:

Jason Rice

Human Resources Officer

Trócaire

Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Ireland

Email: hr@trocaire.ie

Human Rights/Emergency Specialist

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Closing date: 21 Feb 2010

Thailand – Bangkok

Position Level: L-4

Contract duration: March to September 2010

Minimum Qualifications

- Advanced degree in social sciences, law or other related field

- At least 8 years of professional work experience, with progressively greater management in social planning, research and emergency programmes at the national and international levels with special emphasis on analysis and advice on the needs of children and women affected by emergencies

- Direct field experience in emergency programme planning, management or evaluation is a distinct advantage especially that in the countries of Asia/Pacific region is a strong advantage. Relevant UN, especially UNICEF experience is an asset

- Fluency in English and another UN language required

Competencies and attributes:

- Knowledge of latest issues, development and trends in emergency, human rights, humanitarian affairs and related issues

- Leadership, versatility, judgement, maturity, ability to work in a team, cope under stressful and difficult conditions, and political and cultural sensitivity

- Ability to communicate clearly and provide organizational leadership in crisis situations

- Strong analytical and presentation skills

- Proven skills and experience in field assessment in emergency situations and in emergency management more generally. Functional knowledge of key emergency related technical fields

- Considerable experience in policy and programme planning in emergencies

- Experience in resource mobilization/fundraising

- Excellent writing and editing skills

- Flexibility to travel at short notice, often to very difficult and hazardous locations.

How to apply

Please send application together with a detailed resume, current and expected salaries to hrbangkok@unicef.org

Project Associate
Innovations for Poverty Action
Location: Cusco, Peru Last
Date: February 26, 2010
http://216.197. 119.113/jobman/ publish/article_ 62969.shtml

Trainer
Center for Victims of Torture
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Last Date: February 26, 2010
http://216.197. 119.113/jobman/ publish/article_ 62818.shtml


OTHER PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Conference on Fratricide at the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

This is the opening conference of an interdisciplinary Mellon Sawyer series: ‘Fratricide and Fraternite: Understanding and Repairing Neighbourly Atrocity’ exploring the causes and consequences of neighbourly violence across history, cultures, and continents. The conference takes place 25 – 26 February 2010 in Senate House, University of London. The conference and subsequent events are open to all and free to attend, however advanced registration is required. For further information and details on how to register please visit www.sas.ac.uk/708.html or email kirrily.pells@sas.ac.uk

Access to Knowledge and Human Rights Conference

Date: February 12-13, 2010, 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Yale University Law School, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

Cost: General public – $75; Non Yale Student/Faculty – $25.

The Access to Knowledge and Human Rights Conference seeks to lay the groundwork – conceptual and strategic – to build bridges between the A2K and human rights communities pursuing common goals of promoting greater access to knowledge, culture, technology and tools for innovation worldwide.

The two-day conference will feature an international lineup of academics and practitioners addressing topics including Technologies of Dissent, Freedom to Innovate, Digital Education, and the Right to Health. For more information, including a detailed agenda and list of confirmed speakers, please visit http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/a2k4.htm.

Attendance is open to the public with registration via http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=803707.

The topics for discussion include:

Panel I. Perspectives on Access to Knowledge and Human Rights

Panel II. Technologies of Dissent: Information and Expression in a Digital World

Panel III. The Right to Health: Promoting Innovation and Equity

Panel IV. The Right to Education: Realizing the Potential of Digital Tools

Panel V. Freedom to Innovate: Knowledge, Technology, Culture

Panel VI. The Right to Science and Culture: Participation and Access

Jessica Wyndham, Project Director, AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, will be giving a presentation on Saturday, February 13 at 11.30am on the topic of Article 15: the right to the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. Jessica Wyndham will form part of Panel VI. The Right to Science and Culture: Participation and Access.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

We wish to inform you that the Australian Centre for Human Rights Education at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia is still accepting applications for the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Applied Human Rights, to commence on March 1st , 2010.
Please help circulate this announcement.
COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Australian Centre for Human Rights Education (ACHRE) at RMIT University offers two exciting postgraduate programs which explore what it means and what it takes to build a culture and practice of human rights. The programs have been developed by a team of staff from a diverse range of discipline areas. They benefit from ACHREs experience in creating and delivering training programs and products for key government and non government organisations.
Graduate Diploma: one year full-time or two years part-time.
Graduate Certificate: six months full-time or one year part-time.
Semester One 2010:
Introduction to Applied Human Rights
Advocacy and Action
Transforming Organisations and Human Rights 1 (online)
Human Rights as Applied Communication
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples (face to face and online)
You may take all four subjects (full-time load), any number of subjects as a part-time load, or a single subject, which can be accredited as a stand-alone short course.
The courses also include online, interactive, self-paced and self-learning modules, which offer opportunities to post comments, assignment answers, live chat etc.
The Australian Centre for Human Rights Education (ACHRE) works to assist people and organisations to understand, exercise and apply human rights in their daily lives. Our emphasis is on empowerment through learning. We see learning occurring at any and all stages of a persons life and being provided via formal and informal educative processes. Our approach is multi disciplinary and incorporates a range of perspectives from social science, education, applied communication, ethics, architecture and organisational development.
For more information about the courses, please visit our website at:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/achre
TO APPLY
Contact: Dr Liz Branigan
Academic Programs Coordinator
Address: Australian Centre for Human Rights Education
Building 98, Level 1, Room 2D
102 Victoria Street, Melbourne
Tel. +61 3 9925 3153
Email: liz.branigan@rmit.edu.au

International Leadership Forum Announcement – Call for Applications:

The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the sixth annual International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 6 – 14, 2010 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications must be received by February 26, 2010.

The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:

• Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

• Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders

• Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice

• Provide tools and a platform for open debates

• Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership

• Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding

• Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy

The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation.

Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.

Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.

Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to www.unescochair.uconn.edu

The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic Yale Law School
Robert M. Cover – Allard K. Lowenstein Fellowship in International Human Rights Law Clinical Education
The Cover-Lowenstein Fellowship is a two-year position designed for lawyers with international human rights or other relevant experience who are interested in preparing for a career in human rights practice or human rights teaching. The Fellow will help supervise the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and coordinate activities of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights.
The Lowenstein Clinic has three main goals: to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the range of activities lawyers pursue to promote respect for human rights; to help students build the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective human rights lawyers and advocates; and to contribute to current efforts to protect human rights through valuable, high-quality assistance to partner organizations and individual clients. Through work on projects and classroom discussion, the Clinic encourages students to explore critical issues affecting the promotion of human rights and to integrate the theory and practice of human rights law. Recent work has included international human rights litigation in U.S. and other national courts, advocacy before international and regional human rights bodies, drafting model legislation, and investigating and writing reports on human rights situations.
The Schell Center sponsors a wide range of human rights events, including the bi-weekly Human Rights Workshop: Current Issues and Events, the annual Bernstein Human Rights Symposium, and frequent lectures, conferences, panels, and films. The Fellow works closely with the Center’s director, executive director, and student directors to coordinate the rich program of events and supervises the work of the student directors. The Fellow also advises Law School and other university students on human rights research topics, advocacy, and career development; administers the Kirby Simon Summer Fellowship program, which allows students to do international human rights work abroad, and the Bernstein Fellowship, which allows recent Law School graduates to spend a year doing full-time human rights work; and prepares annual reports, grant reports and other Schell Center documents.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
· A J.D. degree from a U.S. law school and an outstanding law school record;
· A strong record of prior experience in human rights or related advocacy;
· Bar membership in a state or jurisdiction of the United States;
· Strong written and oral communication skills (fluency in a foreign language is highly desirable);
· An enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students;
· Experience in outreach and in organizing events;
· An interest and proven capacity in legal scholarship; and
· An ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
The position is for a two-year term, starting in late summer 2010. Send a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of references (please indicate those who are submitting letters of recommendation and include up to three additional references) by February 15, 2010, to the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215, or by email to schell.law@yale.edu. Please have two or three letters of recommendation sent to the same address. These should include academic and professional references.

Diplomacy Training Program is calling for applications for Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy: A Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region.

The program will be held in partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact from 22-28 March 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This program will have a focus on the issues surrounding Indigenous people, climate change and the impact of global corporations on Indigenous peoples.

Click here for brochure of information about the program, or contact dtp@unsw.edu.au for further information. To apply, email your application to dtp@unsw.edu.au.

Public Interest Law Fellows Program Seeks Candidates from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, Serbia, and West Africa

Public Interest Law Fellows Program seeks Candidates from West Africa

1.) Candidates from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, and Serbia

The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is pleased to invite applications for its Public Interest Law Fellows Program for 2010-2011. PILI will select lawyers from China, Indonesia, Nepal, Russia, and Serbia for ten months of study and practical experience in New York and Budapest, Hungary. The program targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy.

PILI Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S. The first semester will include study at Columbia University School of Law and additional public interest advocacy training. In the spring, Fellows will participate in a three-month period of internships at New York-based public interest law organizations and a two-month study visit based out of PILI’s Budapest office. Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship, with the aim to implement the project developed during the Fellowship.

PILI will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S. and Budapest, housing in New York and Budapest, a monthly stipend, a textbook allowance and accident insurance. Selected candidates for the fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the fellowship, stating that they will complete it in full.

2.) Candidates from West Africa

The Public Interest Law Institute (PILI) is pleased to invite applications for its Public Interest Law Fellows Program for 2010-2011. The program will select qualified lawyers from West Africa for ten months of study and practical experience in New York and Budapest. We will be accepting applicants from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The program endeavors to target future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy.

PILI Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S. The first semester will include study at Columbia University School of Law and additional public interest advocacy training. In the spring, Fellows will participate in a three-month period of internships at New York-based public interest law organizations and a two-month study visit based out of PILI’s Budapest office. Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship, with the aim to implement the project developed during the Fellowship.

PILI will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S. and Budapest, housing in New York and Budapest, a monthly stipend, a textbook allowance and accident insurance. Selected candidates for the fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the fellowship, stating that they will complete it in full.

Selection Criteria:

Public interest leadership potential of the candidate in his or her country (minimum of two years working experience with the organization is required); The nature of the candidate’s relationship with the nominating organization; Track record of the nominating organization in promoting public interest advocacy; and The quality of the Fellowship Project proposal and its potential for promoting public interest law and human rights.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

- A completed program application form.

- A curriculum vitae or resume.

- A nominating letter from the organization where they are employed, supporting their application to the program and indicating how the Fellowship would be a benefit to the organization/institution.

- Two recommendation letters, one from an individual outside the nominating organization A description of a project that the applicant would like to work on during the first semester of the program, ideally with practical significance to their work upon return home.

- A copy of the applicant’s law school transcript.

- A copy of the applicant’s bar association membership, if available.

- Information on the nominating organization/institution and additional recommendations are also encouraged, although not required.

Submission via e-mail of application materials is strongly encouraged, though materials may also be submitted via regular mail.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. If an application is submitted without one of the required components, it will be disqualified, unless the applicant can justify why he/she cannot obtain the required information.

The DEADLINE for receiving applications at PILI is March 31, 2010. For more information and application forms, please contact Jessy Teicher, Program Coordinator, by e-mail: pilifellowship@pili.org or by downloading it here: http://www.pili.org/images/pdf/applicationform2010.doc

Printed applications can be sent via mail to the address on the application.

TThe New York Center For Conflict Dialogue (CCDNY) is now accepting

applications for the Stability Assessment Framework Workshop to be held on

18th October to 22nd October, 2010 at the UN Millennium Hotel in New York.

The New York Center For Conflict Dialogue is collaborating with the

Netherlands Institute for International Relations in conducting the

Stability Assessment Framework Workshop that will draw a selected number

of partcipants from across the world in October 2010.

Workshop Description:

This workshop is aimed at having participants reach an understanding of

how to work with current context specific situations which are used,

among others, by donor organisations as a basis for their country specific

conflict trends. Specific attention will be paid to policy relevant

considerations and policy design with respect to post-conflict or conflict

affected countries. The specific aim of the workshop is to familiarize

participants with the methodology of the Stability Assessment Framework

(SAF), as developed by the Conflict Research Unit (CRU) of Clingendael,

The Netherlands Institute for International Relations.

The Stability Assessment Framework offers an anlytical tool for stability

analysis and startegic planning that helps develop the institutional

capacities needed for an integarted policy response in a particular

country. Policy makers, decision- makers, and practitioners working in

various organizations can benefit from introducing the SAF in their own

organization’s project cycle.

Partcipants from government, academia, civil society, and conflict

sensitive areas are encouraged to apply.

For more information please contact

Organizing Committee

New York Center For Conflict Dialogue

700 Broadway, 4th Floor

New York NY 10003

1 347 209 8300/1 347 727 2599

info@ccdny.org

The Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School are offering 2 tuition scholarships for a new LLM in International Human Rights Law & Practice for 2010-11.

The scholarships cover fees at the rate for UK/EU students. The deadline is 30 April 2010. Applicants must have already been offered a place for full-time study on the LLM.

Our new LLM is distinctive because students:

· work on real human rights issues through a compulsory law clinic, which gives them practical skills, hands-on experience and improved job prospects;

· get the opportunity to work alongside human rights defenders during a two-week field visit to Malaysia;

· learn from international human rights defenders based at the Centre; and

· explore international human rights law from a socio-legal and public policy perspective, particularly as it relates to transitional justice and to refugees.

For more information about the LLM and scholarships, please see http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/cahr/LLM/llm%20index.html.

The Human Rights Law Centre is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Student Human Rights Conference at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom).
This year’s conference is entitled ‘New Technologies: Your Life? Your Health? Your Privacy? Our Human Rights’ and will take place on Saturday, 20 March 2010.
This student-lead initiative will explore the inter-relation between human rights and the global consequences of the advancement of new technologies. By encouraging multi-disciplinary participation, the conference seeks to reaffirm the necessity of incorporating human rights discourse when discussing the controversial nature of the science and technology domain.
Keynote Speakers:
- Mr Jan Malinowski, Head of the Media and Information Society Division, Council of Europe
- Professor Thérèse Murphy, Professor of Law and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham and editor of New Technologies and Human Rights
- Professor Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics at Queen Mary, University of London, member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council
- Anita Coles, Policy Officer, Liberty (UK civil liberties NGO), specialist in UK Government’s response to S & Marper case (regarding a DNA database)
In addition to keynote speakers, the conference will include four student panels, highlighting the work of students on issues concerning human rights and new technologies.
Registration is now open.
Students: In advance – £15; Regular – £25;
Non-students: In advance – £30; Regular – £40
Advance registration deadline is 5 March. Price includes lunch & refreshments.
To register, please visit our website to obtain a form: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hrlc/Events/AnnualStudentConference.aspx.
Or contact us at HumanRightsConference@nottingham.ac.uk or +44 (0) 115 951 5705.
For further information, please visit our Facebook group: Human Rights Law Centre, Annual Student Conference. Please note that we are not able to secure visa letters for this event.

Call for Applications – Helton Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship program. The Fellowship provides micro-grants to law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research in international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Applications will be accepted until February 12, 2010. For application guidelines and to apply, click here. Only the first 50 completed applications will be reviewed. To learn more and contribute to the Helton Fellowship program, click here.

MISC:

Oxford Transitional Justice Research has just launched a new podcast page, with links to recordings of many of our seminars, workshops and conferences:

http://www.csls.ox.ac.uk/otjr.php?show=podcasts

New content is constantly being uploaded, so please check back periodically.

Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR), in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice – Africa and the Darfur Consortium, is organising an online debate on International Justice in Africa. The debate will be hosted on www.africanarguments.org by the Royal African Society and the Social Sciences Research Council.

The purpose of the debate is to stimulate an incisive discussion about the possibilities and challenges of the institutions of international justice in Africa, with a focus on the International Criminal Court. This debate is critical ahead of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute, scheduled for late May and early June 2010.

The editorial team will consider essays or opinion editorials of approximately 800 to 1500 words from scholars, practitioners and policymakers on different aspects of this topic – in the vein of OTJR’s current online essays. We would like to invite you to submit an essay for the launch of the debate in March 2010. More essays will be published – with high visibility – thereafter on a rolling basis. Because of the nature of the editorial process, we kindly ask that you send your contribution by 15 February 2010. To submit an essay, please email lydiah-kemunto.bosire@politics.ox.ac.uk.

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