28 June 2012

International Centre for Counter-Terrorism & T.M.C. Asser Institute
Advanced Summer Course on Countering Terrorism
The Hague, 27-31 August 2012

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) and the T.M.C. AsserInstitute are organising the Advanced Summer Programme in The Hague on Countering Terrorism in the Post 9/11 World.

For whom
This advanced programme is for graduate students and young professionals, interested in pursuing careers in counter-terrorism and related fields of work.

The objective of this unique summer programme is to provide participants with a deepened understanding of:
● the phenomena of violent radicalisation and terrorism;
● the contemporary methods to counter it;
● the applicable international legal framework.

The programme will be delivered by a team of international and national leading experts working in the field of counter-terrorism.

● Normal fee: 1.700 €
● Students: 1.550 €

This fee includes course materials and transportation to study visits.

The fee does not cover (international) travel costs, domestic travel to and from airports etc., (hotel) accommodation, insurance or other expenses. Participants must make their own travel arrangements to The Hague. These arrangements are the sole responsibility of each participant. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the fees are paid in full by the correct date. Details of payment method will be communicated to you after acceptance of your application.

No scholarships
There are no scholarships available for this programme; participants are responsible for paying their own tuition fee, travel costs and accommodation.

T.M.C. Asser Instituut, R.J. Schimmelpenincklaan 20-22, The Hague, The Netherlands

More information

Link to register: http://www.asser.nl/icct2012
University of Nottingham
Residential Short Course – International Human Rights Law
Nottingham, September/October 2012 – December 2012 and/or January 2013 – March 2013 (3 months or 6 months)

The Human Rights Law Centre of the University of Nottingham offers an excellent three-month course (starting in September /October or January), designed to give an in-depth understanding of human rights standards across the world through seminars, guest lectures, workshops, visits, tutorials and conferences. It provides valuable insight and contextual knowledge of the practical operation of human rights law for those interested in human rights protection, from NGOs, international organisations, government, judiciary, police, charity or legal professions, academia, media and business.

A six month course version is also available, which includes either a three month internship at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) or in the Human Rights Law Centre, or further research study in the Centre.

Course Content
This course covers the breadth of international human rights standards and systems. Participants will take four compulsory seminar modules as well as LLM lecture modules. Courses are led by Prof. David Harris, former member of the European Committee of Social Rights and Prof. Michael O'Flaherty, member of the UN Human Rights Committee.

Induction Programme (Seminar)
● Study Techniques;
● Human Rights Treaties;
● Cases and Materials;
● Using IT in human rights research;
● Use of library resources;
● Meetings with personal tutor;
● Introduction to HRLC projects and staff;
● Presentation techniques;
● Welcome and networking event.

International Human Rights Law
This module covers the UN human rights treaties and declarations and the work of the UN Human Rights Council and UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies and Special Procedures. Emphasis is placed on giving an up-to-date account of the cases and other practice of the UN and regional bodies that interpret and apply these treaties. Emphasis will be placed on the most recent developments in the practice and reform of international human rights systems. Typical seminars include:
● UN Human Rights Council;
● Human Rights Treaty Bodies;
● UN Special Procedures.
There are also seminars on the regional human rights systems. Typical seminars include:
● European Convention on Human Rights;
● American Convention on Human Rights;
● African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

LLM Modules
Participants also take modules from the prestigious LLM programme. The School of Law is ranked in the top five UK Law Schools, receiving an ‘Excellent’ ranking in the latest national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Our Professors and Lecturers are widely recognised to be world-leading experts in their disciplines. Typical modules would include:
● Access to Justice in International Law;
● Counter-Terrorism and International Law;
● Criminal Law and Globalisation;
● European Law of Human Rights;
● Fair Trials;
● Human Rights and Criminal Justice;
● Foundations of International Criminal Justice;
● Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights;
● Governance of the European Union;
● Human Rights Protection in the UK;
● Imprisonment and Human Rights;
● International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights;
● International Criminal Law: Institutions;
● International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process;
● International Human Rights Field Operations: Law in Practice;
● International Humanitarian Law;
● Introduction to International Human Rights Law;
● International Protection of Refugees and Internally Displaced People;
● Issues in Human Rights Law;
● Mental Disability and International Human Rights;
● Post-Conflict Situations and International Law;
● The Rights of the Child;
● World Trade Organisation Law and Policy.

Attendance at HRLC human rights lectures, seminars and conferences
● Short Course participants are invited to attend the regular HRLC programmes, in addition to other ad hoc events that occur throughout the year: Annual Conference November ; Paragon Lecture, December; Spring Lecture, January/February; Student Conference, March; Human Rights Film Series, every other Wednesday.
● Visits to institutions and NGO’s provide participants to engage with practitioners, in their work setting, experiencing the realities of prison life and management, witnessing a criminal hearing in the Criminal Court, meeting magistrates, police, prosecutors and NGO’s. A visit to the University of Cambridge is also organised. Typical visits include: Nottingham Criminal Courts, a prison visit, a local NGO visit; University of Cambridge visit
● Students have the opportunity to research and write a short research paper on a subject of their choice. The paper will be submitted towards the end of the programme.
● Short Course students will receive a certificate of attendance, accredited by the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre.

The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of human rights standards across the world, for those currently working in human rights or related fields, and for those entering such fields. Participants frequently come from NGOs, international organisations, government, charities, legal professions and academia. Places are limited to ten people in each course. Students from many countries worldwide have taken the course, including students from Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, USA and Zimbabwe. Our Alumni includes graduate students, ministry of foreign affairs and Attorney General officials, prosecutors, judges, lawyers, ombudsmen, UN field operations, NGO and national human rights commission staff, army and police officers.

As the programme is taught in English, participants are required to demonstrate an overall score of 6.5 in a British Council English Language Test or a TOEFL score of 600, or otherwise demonstrate sufficient English language skills.

The Short Course programme speakers are carefully selected to include a balance of experts, practitioners and academics or researchers, many of whom work in practice and in academia, providing insight, practitioner experience and theoretical insight into the subjects they teach: their hands-on experience provides a unique environment for exchange and dialogue.
● Professor David Harris, HRLC Co-Chair;
● Professor Michael O'Flaherty, HRLC Co-Chair;
● Carla Buckley, Research Associate;
● Daria Davitti, PhD Candidate and former UNAMA Human Rights Officer;
● Professor Peter Bartlett, Professor of Mental Health Law and Project Director, Lesotho;
● Professor Alastair Mowbray, Professor of Public Law;
● Professor Therese Murphy, Professor of Law and Critical Theory;
● Professor Paul Roberts, Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence;
● Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit, Professor of Comparative and International Penal Law;
● Professor Jeff Kenner, Professor of European Law;
● Professor Vanessa Munro, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies;
● Professor Noel Whitty, Professor of Human Rights Law;
● Professor Mary Footer, Professor of International Economic Law;
● Professor Nigel White, Professor of Public International Law;
● Dino Kritsiotis, Chair in Public International Law;
● Dr Olympia Bekou, Associate Professor and Head of International Criminal Justice Unit;
● Ralph Sandland, Associate Professor;
● Sandesh Sivakumaran, Lecturer in Law;
● Sangeeta Shah, Lecturer in Law.
In addition to regular Short Course speakers and trainers, a number of high profile, international experts and practitioners will hold seminars and workshops. In recent programmes guest speakers have included: Professor Brice Dickson, Queens University, Belfast; Helen Duffy, INTERIGHTS; Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA, Vienna; Manfred Nowak, University of Vienna; William Schabas, University of Galway and Leiden, etc.

The Short Course programme includes seminars, lectures, group work and presentations.
● The programme is taught in English: participants are required to demonstrate an overall score of 6.5 in a British Council English Language Test or a TOEFL score of 600 or otherwise demonstrate sufficient English language skills.
● Each student will be assigned a personal tutor in the first week of the programme, who will discuss the interests and goals of the student for the Short Course programme, directing them to relevant sources, and practices. Meetings will take place on a regular basis throughout the programme.
● The Short Course begins with a series of seminars on study techniques, including using the internet and online databases for human rights research. A tour of the world-class Hallward Library will take place, ensuring that participants are familiar with the library resources and its catalogue system.
● Reading materials will be distributed to Short Course students in advance of each seminar, and should be read before the session. The amount of time this will take will depend of the participants familiarity with the topics and reading in English, but should be approximately two hours.
● Short Course seminars provide an intimate environment for Short Course students; sessions are fully participatory, involving discussion, case studies and presentation. In LL.M seminars, students will have the opportunity to discuss human rights issues with LL.M students from many countries worldwide.
● Students will take four modules on the LL.M programme, where they will join lectures with the LL.M students. Lectures provide a detailed insight into each of the module topics, and benefit from the experiences of the postgraduate student community, alongside the expertise of the Lecturer/Professor.
● Students will also be invited to make presentations of their human rights work and interests, following a seminar that introduces presentation techniques.
● Students on the six-month programme who opt for an internship will liaise with the personal tutor to identify their interests, following which HRLC will arrange a placement.
● Visits to institutions and two NGOs help students to engage with practitioners, in their work setting, experiencing the realities of prison life and management, witnessing a criminal hearing in the Criminal Court, meeting magistrates, police, prosecutors and NGOs.
● Students on the six-month programme who opt to stay in Nottingham can choose to complete a three-month supervised research project, following discussions with their personal tutor.

Since a maximum of ten students will be accepted on any programme, early application is encouraged. Application deadline: 1 September 2012.

● International participants: £2,950 (3 months) / £3,500 (3 months + internship, visa permitting) / £5,900 (6 months)
● UK and EU participants: £1,950 (3 months) / £2,500 (3 months + internship, visa permitting) / £3,900 (6 months)
● Successful applicants will be required to provide a fixed deposit of £500.00, upon receipt of the deposit, you will receive supporting documents and details of the programme.
● Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, obtaining a visa if needed and should allow sufficient time to make these arrangements when planning their application.

HRLC is occasionally able to offer Fellowships, through a competitive application process. These details will be advertised on the HRLC website and through a number of lists. Applicants are requested not to contact HRLC speculatively in this regard: emails in this regard will not receive a response.

There is no specific application form. The following information must be sent by email or by post:
● Detailed and up-to-date CV;
● A 500 word statement indicating why you should be offered a place on the course;
● Brief details on how you would be funded;
● Applicants whose first language is not English: you must demonstrate an overall score of 6.5 in a British Council English Language Test or a TOEFL score of 600, or otherwise demonstrate sufficient English language skills.
Completed applications should be sent to: Miss Kobie Neita, Human Rights Law Centre, School of Law, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK; Tel: +44 (0)115 84 66309, Fax: +44 (0)115 84 66 579; Email: kobie.neita@nottingham.ac.uk. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact Miss Kobie Neita if you have any difficulty in meeting the application details above.

Travel and visa arrangements
Applicants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and visa (if applicable), and should allow sufficient time to make these arrangements when planning their application. HRLC will provide support to successful applicants in this regard, however, it is the applicants responsibility to ensure their arrival at the beginning of the programme.

27 June 2012

Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Regional Office
Europe Programme Internship
Brussels, 3 September 2012 (min. 3 months)

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a global network of more than 2500 NGOs advocating for a fair, effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC), collaborating with individual activists, governments, inter-governmental bodies, academics and other international law experts from around the world, are looking for an intern for its Europe Regional Office in Brussels, Belgium. The intern will assist with the Coalition’s campaign in the region. The dynamic environment made possible by a global campaign involving thousands of large and small NGOs, governments, EU institutions, academics and international organisations provides for diverse educational and professional learning opportunities.

About the Coalition for the International Criminal Court
The multi-track approach of the Coalition involves:
● Promoting education and awareness of the ICC and the Rome Statute at the national, regional and global level;
● Monitoring and supporting the work of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC and facilitating NGO involvement in the process;
● Promoting the universal acceptance and ratification of the Rome Statute;
● Promoting the adoption of comprehensive implementation legislation;
● Expanding and strengthening the Coalition's global network.

Responsibilities may include
● Support the CICC’s regional efforts, including efforts to increase ratification and implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC in collaboration with civil society, governments, and the media in Europe.
● Monitor developments related to the ICC and international justice in the region by, inter alia, contacting NGOs; government officials, academics, parliamentarians and media in the region;
● Monitor and attend upcoming events on international justice, the ICC, and regional or country-specific issues;
● Perform research as required;
● Monitor and research human rights situations in the region;
● Assist with communications to CICC members in the region and with leading international human rights organisations and regional organisations such as the European Union (EU);
● Conduct membership outreach, including updating the membership database;
● Provide support with letter writing and translation;
● Undertake special projects and assignments as required.
● For Russian-speaking interns only: assist with Russian language project: a) Translation of key documents; b) Letter writing; c) Contact people in Russian speaking countries.
Please note that this internship includes administrative work. However, supervisors will make a concerted effort to see that there is a balance of programmatic and research-related work.

Skills and Qualifications
● Advanced undergraduate or graduate student working towards a degree in Law, International Relations, History, Political Science, Area Studies or related fields;
● The intern MUST have excellent written and spoken English. Native or advanced language ability in French or Russian is desirable;
● Excellent research and writing skills;
● Knowledge of the ICC, the EU, and/or human rights issues in the region;
● Proficiency using Microsoft Office software;
● Ability to work independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines;
● Interest in the CICC’s mission.

Internships are full-time and typically last between 3-6 months. Interns are expected to be in the office between 9:30 am and 6 pm, unless other arrangements have been made.

Visa and Residence permits
The CICC values the global diversity of its members and staff, and is interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds. Internship applicants should be aware that non E.U. citizens will have to make their own arrangements in order to be able to work in Belgium.

Unfortunately, internships at the CICC are unpaid. We recommend all prospective candidates to seek financial assistance from their academic institutions or seek outside fellowships, grants and other resources.

Application procedure
Review the above information carefully. Send a C.V. and a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and noting the time period for which you will be available for an internship with the CICC, as well as a list of references, to Virginie Amato, Europe Programme Officer at amato@coalitionfortheicc.org

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and short-listed candidates are invited for interviews. Applicants not currently in Brussels will be interviewed by phone. Additional information, such as writing samples, may be requested at this time. Successful candidates will be notified shortly after the interview. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are only able to notify candidates who have been selected for interviews.

Letters of reference
Past interns are welcome to request a letter of reference from the CICC (for job applications, graduate and professional schools, fellowship or other applications) providing the following criteria have been met:
1. The internship was successfully completed.
2. The intern completed an evaluation form at the end of the internship. It is the intern's responsibility to ensure this is completed before or shortly after the end of the internship.

Application deadline
22 July 2012

26 June 2012

Unpaid Volunteer Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
London, 2012 (3 months).

Interights is currently inviting applications for a three-month Volunteer to work on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Established in 1982, Interights works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. We achieve this through a range of activities: strategic litigation through co-representation, legal support to applicants and third party interventions before international, regional, and national human rights courts and bodies; advising lawyers on the use of international and comparative human rights law before their domestic courts; building capacity through litigation partnerships, targeted training activities and internships, and through the dissemination of legal information. Thematically, our priorities are equality, security and the rule of law (including counter-terrorism), and economic and social rights (ESR). Interights currently focuses its activities in Africa, the Commonwealth, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Nature of activities
Volunteers provide valuable legal research and drafting assistance to the lawyers, are helping with the preparation of legal briefs, training materials and publications on human rights.

Given the nature of the work, only candidates who have studied or are about to complete legal studies are recruited.

The three month Volunteer will be based in London.

Unpaid position, but...
This is an unpaid position but Interights will reimburse out of pocket expenses of a travel card zone 1-6 and up to £5 a day for lunch. Volunteers are required to provide reciepts to claim these expenses.

Essential requirements
● Law qualification;
● Experience of working on the litgation of econmic, social and cultural rights (ESR), including knowledge of the Collective Complaints system under the European Social Charter;
● Sophisticated understanding of issues and legal standards related to the protection from right to education violations;
● Strong research, analytical and writing skills;
● Fluency in English;
● Demonstrable interest in international human rights law;
● Have the right to work in the UK or succesfully obtain a sponsorships certificate;
● Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office;
● Demonstrable ability to produce high-quality work products;
● Flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines;
● Sensitivity to working in a multi-cultural environment and committed to equal opportunities
● Committed to the values and mission of Interights.

Desirable requirements
Connections with organisations focusing on ESR in the international sphere;
● Familiarity with international human rights standards and mechanisms;
● Familiarity with regional human rights standards and mechanisms;
● Working knowledge of French.

How to apply
To apply please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, equal opportunities and diversity monitoring form and an unedited writing sample of no more than 2.000 words to jobs@interights.org. Please ensure that you put "Volunteer, ESR" in the subject line of the email. Due to the high number of applications for these positions Interights is unable to engage in correspondence about the appopriateness of an application. Interights will only contact shortlisted applicants.

Application deadline
The closing date for applications is 29 June 2012.
Indigenous Peoples Links
Researcher(s) for Project on Indigenous Rights and Mining
London, July 2012 - March 2013

ThreeUK-based civil society organisations – Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, Indigenous Peoples Links, and the Missionary Society of St Columban – and one UK academic institution – Middlesex University Business School Law Department – have developed a joint advocacy project to promote the human rights of mining-affected Indigenous Peoples and address the wider economic, environmental, social and political costs to society of large-scale mining. The project will run from January 2012 to August 2014 and seeks to persuade leading multinational mining companies (that are UK listed) to adhere to existing international human rights standards and specifically to adopt and implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as a new industry-wide policy and practice standard, as incorporated in the 2007 United Nations Declaration on t-he Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The project partners will work in close consultation with Indigenous Peoples’ organisations in commissioning and publishing an advocacy paper on the issue. The project will be guided by these organisations in developing dialogue with target mining companies,institutional investors and fund managers, and state regulatory actors in pursuing company policy and practice change. The advocacy paper will start this process, with an initial focus on the mining companies. We are therefore looking for one or more consultant researcher(s) to research and write the advocacy paper, working with the project partners and with guidance from an advisory group that will include representatives of Indigenous Peoples’ organisations.

Tasks and output
The researcher(s) will be responsible for researching, drafting and revising an advocacy paper in English as outlined in the project proposal (full proposal available on request): length: approx. 30 pages / 15,000 words, including recommendations (plus relevant appendices and references).
Content (provisional):
● Introduction;
● FPIC standards, definitions and summary review of work to date (including a brief literature review);
● Indigenous Peoples’ conceptions of FPIC;
● Critical assessment of policy and practice of target companies, focused on specific case studies. These could well include, but not be confined to: Anglo American BHP Billiton Rio Tinto Xstrata;

● Review/examples of investor policy on Indigenous Peoples’ rights and FPIC;
● Addressing perceived implementation challenges for companies, and Indigenous Peoples e.g. addressing definitional issues; catering for diversity of Indigenous Peoples and within communities, including by gender; operationalisation where not required in national legislation etc.;
● What might good mining company practice look like;
● Conclusions;
● Recommendations which will be focussed on companies, but may include any of the following: to specific companies; to the mining sector; to investors and fund managers; to other, e.g. state, actors;

● Sources and references.
Gender: The advocacy paper will address gender as a cross-cutting issue and explore possibilities for obtaining data on mining’s gendered impacts on indigenous women and men, from an indigenous perspective. The project partners understand that this will be an iterative process, and are open to suggestions regarding modifications to the paper’s structure and content. Aside from the report, the researchers will be required to actively participate in verification and launch events as laid out below.

Methodology and work plan
The production of the advocacy paper will be a desk study carried out in close collaboration with the project partners, and with input from the advisory group. Source documents to be consulted will include, but not necessarily be limited to, relevant company reports and industry publications, key UN documents, papers already written on the subject (particularly by Indigenous Peoples and their supporters as well as internationally peer reviewed literature) and case studies written up from conferences or by communities. The research will also likely involve interviews with relevant mining industry employees, particularly to better understand their concerns around FPIC, as well as expert indigenous and academic commentators. It is intended that the project partners and advisory group will supply ideas and access to some of these materials, but others will be gathered by the researcher(s). It is also expected that the researcher(s) will participate in seminars or meetings with experts, companies or investors where the findings and recommendations will be discussed. The project plan includes a launch event for the advocacy paper (around March or April 2013), which we expect researcher(s) would attend, to assist in the presentation of the paper’s findings and recommendations in London. There is budget for travel, which is intended for travel of indigenous activists and advisors that could be used to pay for researchers outside of London to travel to London-based meetings.

Form of contract and timetable
The contract for this work will be in the form of a letter of agreement between the project partners and the commissioned researcher(s). The timetable is envisaged as running from July 2012 to March 2013 (ten months) but may be altered by mutual agreement. This includes time for feedback from expert indigenous and academic commentators, ideally including seminars and/or meetings. The researcher(s) will submit a draft paper to the project partners for reading, circulation to the advisory group and comment within four months of signature of the letter of agreement (precise date to be agreed). Subsequently they will deliver the revised text by the end of January 2013 (or by an alternative date to be mutually agreed), for a final set of review meetings.

Total researcher(s) fees are£10,000. One third of the fees will be payable on signature of the letter of agreement, the other two thirds on on completion and approval of the final paper. Any travel or communications costs would need to be agreed with the project coordinator in advance, and would be paid on production of agreed paperwork.

Qualifications/Person specification
You will have:
Prior knowledge and experience of working on indigenous peoples rights and the extractive industries;
● Experience of working with indigenous communities / organisations;
● Demonstrated awareness of culturally appropriate research methodologies;
● An advanced degree or relevant with a equivalent field and/or a proven track record of research and publishing;
● Fluency in Spanish and other languages, in order to access original materials, would be an advantage.
Preference will be given to applications from, or including, Indigenous Peoples. The project partners are willing to consider either one or several researcher(s) to undertake this research. Joint applications are therefore welcome, indicating how those involved propose to allocate the work between them.

How to apply and deadline
Any queries, or expressions of interest in the form of a brief covering letter and career résumé, with at least two references, are invited by 2 July 2012 to: Andy Whitmore at comms@piplinks.org or via post to:- 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2DA.