17 October 2016

Utrecht University School of Law (The Netherlands)
PhD Researchers

The Lisbon Treaty (2009) has set new goals for judicial cooperation between member states of the European Union (EU) with an eye to providing effective legal remedies and fundamental rights protection. This cooperation is stimulated by the European Commission’s agenda (e.g. judicial training) and practices of ‘transnational borrowing’ between courts in the EU. However, it remains unclear to what extent national judicial cultures, i.e. ideas and practices regarding judging and judicial organisation which have developed over time, can and should converge into a shared ‘European judicial culture’.

The Utrecht University School of Law will be appointing two PhD researchers in law within the NWO Vidi project ‘Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: A Comparative Analysis of European Judicial Culture(s)’, headed by Prof. Dr. Elaine Mak. The project is connected with the research activities of Utrecht University’s Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution.

29 September 2016

European Roma Information Office (ERIO), Brussels
Full-time internships 
Deadline for application: 23 October 2016 

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) is an international advocacy organisation that promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-depth information on a range of policy issues to European Union institutions, Roma civil organisations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.

ERIO is looking for motivated interns (students only) to join its team in Brussels. It has vacancies for full-time internships starting on 5 January 2017 and 3 April 2017 lasting between 3-6 months.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), London and Paris
Deadline for application: 15 October 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

The Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Researcher on Counterterrorism and Extremism in Western Europe. The Europe and Central Asia Division is part of the Program Office. The Program Office consists of regional and thematic divisions and oversees research, reporting and various other work. The Researcher will investigate the human rights implications of counterterrorism and extremism in developments in Western Europe and the wider European Union as part of a small team. This position reports to the Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, based in the London Office. This position will be based in London or Paris.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Geneva
Deadline for application: as soon as possible

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions. 

HRW is seeking applicants to intern with the Geneva Advocacy team. The Geneva-based internship will focus on the activities of the advocacy team before, during and after the 34th Human Rights Council session and 26th and 27th Universal Periodic Review, as well as various Treaty Body reviews and other meetings. Ideally, the candidate will intern for three months starting in the Winter 2016, with a possibility for extension, and intern five days a week with flexible hours.

20 September 2016

SUTYAJNIK, Yekaterinburg (Russia)
VIII Urals Human Rights School 'Private life: International and national legal standards'
22 - 25 September 2016

The URALS Human Rights School is an international event that takes place twice a year. It consists of a conference, round table discussions and a 3-5 days training session for young human rights professionals. It is organized by Sutyajnik, a regional non-governmental organization that provides legal defence to Russian citizens who have been denied rights guaranteed to them under the Russian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The theme of the upcoming school is 'Private life: International and national legal standards' and will cover the following topics:
• Privacy and private life in prisons - balance of State interest and private interests (rehabilitation as a right to family life, right to conjugal meetings, rights to artificial insemination, health issues, etc).
• Privacy and private and family life in transplantology - the issue of presumed consent to donation of organs.
• Privacy of correspondence and state security (Roman Zakharov v. Russia on mobile phone interception by FSB).
• Balancing Privacy and Freedom of Expression.
• Private life of homosexual couples and trans people.
• European standards of private and family life protection.
• Russia, Germany, Switzerland, France and the right to privacy under the ECHR.
• How to make a journalist interested in human rights case? How to communicate your work with, without and instead of a journalist?

The full agenda is available here.

If you are not participating, you can watch sessions online live or on demand.

19 September 2016

International Federation for Human Rights, Paris
Internship at FIDH Globalisation and Human Rights Desk

Deadline for application: 22 September 2016

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is an international NGO. It defends all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

FIDH offers a 3 months internship (starting end of September 2016) at its Globalisation and Human Rights Desk. The intern will be based at the headquarters of FIDH Secretariat in Paris.

International Criminal Court, The Hague
Internship - Victims Participation and Reparations Section

Deadline for applications: 1 October 2016

Organisational context
The Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) is a section of the Registry which specialises in dealing with victims’ participation and reparations. The VPRS mandate is to facilitate victims’ participation and reparations by informing victims of their rights before the ICC, assisting them in filling in an application form for participation in the proceedings and/or for reparations, and by assisting the Judges with the preliminary processing and analysis of victims’ applications whenever required. The VPRS is also responsible for organising the common legal representation of victims whenever needed. The VPRS establishes systems both in the field and in the Hague to manage and process information received from victims, to file it in the relevant judicial proceedings together with reports for Chambers and to respond to any instructions that may be issued by Chambers relating to participating victims or their applications throughout the proceedings.  To this end, its activities include, inter alia: selection and training of intermediaries and elaboration and dissemination of key messages in the field; processing of victims’ applications (which involves registration, data entry, legal assessment and redactions ); preparing filings for the transmission of victims’ applications to the parties and to Chambers; legally analysing information received from or concerning victims; preparing reports on participation and/or on reparations issues before Chambers, upon request or on a proprio motu basis; organising common legal representation for victims and preparing reports thereon; and facilitating victims’ interaction with their legal representatives. In addition, the VPRS responds to orders from Chambers, requests from the legal representatives of victims, requests for input from other Sections of the Registry and assistance to the Trust Fund for Victims whenever necessary.

12 September 2016

EuroMed Rights / Réseau Euro-méditerranéen des droits de l'Homme, Paris
Advocacy and Communication Internship
Deadline for application: 18 September 2016

About EuroMed Rights 
The mission of EuroMed Rights is to promote and strengthen human rights and democratic reform in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Rooted in civil society, the network develops and strengthens partnerships between non-governmental organisations (NGOs), disseminates human rights values, advocates for them and increases the capabilities of local partners in this regard. 

The France office of EuroMed Rights / Réseau Euro-méditerranéen des droits de l’Homme (REMDH) is looking for an intern for a period of 6 months, starting on 1st October 2016.

The internship will be an opportunity for the intern to develop his/her knowledge on the situation of human rights in the euro-Mediterranean region and on international instruments for the protection of human rights defenders.
Assembly of States Parties at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), The Hague (The Netherlands)
Legal intern
Deadline for application: As soon as possible

About the CICC
The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) includes more than 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 different countries working in partnership to strengthen international cooperation with the ICC; ensure that the Court is fair, effective and independent; make justice both visible and universal; and advance stronger national laws that deliver justice to victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The Assembly of States Parties
The CICC coordinates the activities of NGOs during the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), which will take place from 16 until 24 November 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The ASP will take vital decisions on the functioning of the ICC. With hundreds of representatives, NGOs make up the largest delegation at the ASP. 

The Internship
For assistance during the ASP meeting, the CICC is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in attending an international conference and contributing to the work of one of the world’s largest NGO networks. The Legal Intern will attend ASP sessions and provide support to the Legal Section by taking notes and minutes of meetings and preparing documents, among other tasks. The intern will also assist in accommodating members attending the ASP as needed.

06 September 2016

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Training Seminar for International Electoral Observers
Module I: 7 - 9 November 2016
Module II: 10 - 12 November 2016
Deadline for early bird registration: 16 September 2016
Deadline for registration: 7 October 2016

Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation for sustainable development and an effective democracy. Actions supporting the right to participate in genuine elections can play a major role in sustaining peace, security and conflict prevention. Support takes the form of electoral assistance projects and election observation missions. This requires skilled and trained observers.

The two modules are devoted to those applicants with no experience in election observation or to those observers who have participated to a maximum of two missions as short term observers. 

Lectures are conceived for an audience of graduates mainly in Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology or similar who want to address international election observation from a multi-disciplinary approach that will be useful in further engagements on the field. 

Training language
All courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.

Enrolment fee for each module amounts to € 450,00 with no accommodation or € 600,00 with accommodation for 3 nights.
Enrolment fee for both modules amounts to € 750,00 with no accommodation or € 1000,00 with accommodation for 6 nights.

More information on the training seminars for International Electoral Observers and the programme can be found here.

25 August 2016

Institut International des Droits de l'Homme - Strasbourg, Higher School of Economics - Moscow and School of Political Science - University of Bologna
Winter School - Human Rights as a Horizontal Issue in EU External Policy
9 - 13 January 2017, University of Bologna (Italy)
Deadline for registration: 2 December 2016 

The Winter School will be focused on the EU’s external policy and its role in the promotion and respect of human rights worldwide through specific sessions: 
• The EU External Action and Human Rights
• The EU and the UN; The EU and the CoE
• 'Developing' Human Rights-based Relations
• Priorities in a Human Rights External Strategy. 

The programme and the application form are available here.

24 August 2016

Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya
Online course 'Introduction to international protection of human rights'
3 - 31 October 2016

The online course 'Introduction to international protection of human rights' organized by the Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC) will examine the process of internationalization of human rights at the universal level, from an essentially normative perspective. It will discuss the foundations and evolution of human rights and study the main international human rights protection instruments, with a specific focus on the United Nations and European systems. The existence of these instruments and mechanisms is often unknown by citizens and they are underutilised in the guarantee and protection of human rights. This course aims to increase students’ skills and knowledge in order for them to be used within their fields of work.
The course is offered in English. The number of places is limited to 30. The course fee is € 150.

From 2 November - 2 December 2016, IDHC organizes another online course on the subject of 'The European Court of Human Rights: functioning, procedure for applying to the Court and its case-law'. If you enroll in both courses, you will benefit from a 20% discount on the total cost of the two courses.

31 July 2016

Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal
Call for papers
Deadline for submission: 31 August 2016

The Journal
The Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal (IAEHRJ) aims to offer an international platform for research in the field of human rights of relevance for (Latin) America, Europe and Africa. Situated on the crossroads between the continents, the Journal is well-placed to be a venue of critical analysis from scholars and practitioners in the field of human rights.

Established in 2007, the IAEHRJ has been internationally growing as a reputable reference within the academic world and outside, distinguishing itself for its quality and interdisciplinary character that has attracted the interest of authors from all over the globe.

The theme
For its 2017/1 Issue the IAEHRJ proposes the theme of 'Migration and Human Rights'.

More than two hundred million people currently live outside their country of origin. Migration flows comprise workers, asylum seekers, students, undocumented migrants and others. In a globalised world defined by deep disparities, skill shortages, demographic imbalances, climate change as well as economic and political crises, natural and man-made disasters, migration has been affecting every society and every region of the world. Migration is therefore a human phenomenon inherent in the international community, and as such, it requires a human rights approach which situates the migrant at the centre of migration management. The universality of human rights is in fact challenged in the context of migration: asylum seekers may be deprived of access to refugee status and consequent secondary rights, migrants may not enjoy the same rights as nationals, and undocumented migrants may be deprived of access to even basic human rights. International human rights law systems are thus called on to assure that any person has access to fundamental rights. A human rights based approach to migration is required to analyse inequalities which lie at the heart of migration problems and redress discriminatory practices and unjust distributions of power that impede respect of migrants. This promotes empowering migrants to participate in policy formulation and hold accountable those who have a duty to act.

The topics
Against this thematic background, the IAEHRJ Editorial Board invites papers that contribute to the ongoing debate on the correlation between migration and human rights. Topics that papers may wish to address include:

Topic 1 - Health and Migration
The health of migrants and health matters associated with migration are crucial public challenges faced by governments and societies. It is expected that contributions on this topic unravel issues including the interpretation and enforcement of the right to health of migrants and their access to healthcare, including also the underlying determinants of health.

Topic 2 - Migration and Development
Migration and development are interdependent processes. Migration in the development context relates both to people who have chosen to move of their own accord, and forced migrants. It is expected that contributions on this topic explore issues including socio-economic and cultural rights of migrants, inclusion/integration of migrants in host societies and their contribution to economic, social and cultural development of societies in the country of origin.

Topic 3 - Migration and Vulnerability
In M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (2011) the European Court of Human Rights stressed that asylum seekers are a special vulnerable group. Indeed migrants in general can find themselves in a situation of vulnerability due to different factors: rejection of asylum application; expirations of residence permit, lack of an effective remedy, detention, forced returns. It is expected that contributions on this topic disclose to what extent and how vulnerability is recognized in the context of migration and to look at the consequences of this vulnerability and possible remedies.

The process
Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including a short biographical sketch of the author with e-mail address and affiliation, must be submitted in English or Spanish in PDF format to ugenthrc@yahoo.com by 31 August 2016

Authors must state clearly in their abstract the research question(s) that they would like to address and indicate to which of the three proposed topics their abstracts relate. Please also mention 'Call for Issue 1/2017' in the e-mail subject. Outcomes of the selection will be notified to the authors by 15 September 2016.

The outcome
Authors of selected abstracts will be required to send a full article that should not exceed 10.000 words in length, including footnotes, by 30 November 2016. All manuscripts must conform with the author guidelines of the Journal. 

Submissions must not be previously-published or submitted for publication elsewhere in order to be considered for inclusion in this volume. 

Any questions?
Questions about this call can be directed to Clara Burbano Herrera, Editor in Chief, Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal at Clara.BurbanoHerrera@UGent.be or Salvo Nicolosi at Salvo.Nicolosi@UGent.be.

29 June 2016

Privacy International (PI), London
Policy Officers

Deadline for application: 20 July 2016

Privacy International (PI) is looking for two new Policy Officers. One role will focus on the Global South, engaging with national, regional and international institutions; while the other will focus on the companies, regulators and countries that set standards internationally.

In its multi-year strategic plan, PI is pushing for surveillance reform, building a global movement with emphasis on work in the Global South, and challenging the exploitation of data. PI is looking for people to join its dynamic organisation to hold government and industry to account and demand meaningful protections and safeguards for people everywhere. PI urgently needs to develop and promote policies that are centred on empowering individuals, placing them in control over their data. Technology underpins much of our lives and we need to ensure it empowers people and does not betray them.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Legal intern - French speaker with German or Letzeburgish

Deadline for application: 4 July 2016

The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg of the Regional Representation for Western Europe seeks a native French-speaking intern with a start date of 19 September 2016 in Luxembourg for a six-month unpaid internship.

The intern should be a native French speaker, preferably with a Masters in Law, with an excellent command of written and spoken English. A knowledge of German and/or Luxembourgish will be considered an asset. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is appreciated.