26 March 2013

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Copenhagen (Denmark)
Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture
Deadline for application: 10 April 2013

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Its members comprise more than 140 independent organisations in over 70 countries. It is the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.

IRCT is currently recruiting a
Programme Coordinator on forensic documentation of torture for itsLegal and Advocacy Team.

International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Copenhagen (Denmark)
Legal Advisor
Deadline for application: 10 April 2013
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Its members comprise more than 140 independent organisations in over 70 countries. It is the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention. IRCT is currently recruiting a Legal Advisor for its Legal and Advocacy Team. 

25 March 2013

International course on legal pluralism, University of Manchester
1 - 4 August 2013

In August 2013 the
Commission on Legal Pluralism will organize a course in Manchester, UK, about theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. The purpose of the 3½-day course, which precedes the IUAES 17th World Congress, is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer them a comparative perspective allowing them to rethink their own research and practical work. At the center of the discussion will be issues pertaining to rights protection, gender, natural resource management and land tenure, and dispute management in the context of globalizing economic, political and legal developments.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Brussels

Deadline for application: 1 April 2013

The UNHCR is currently seeking an intern to start mid to late April 2013.

Description of internship
The proposed internship lasts for a period of six months and is unpaid.
The intern will participate in the various activities of the Legal Unit of the Regional Representation for Western Europe. In particular s/he will contribute to the following tasks:
• Drafting reports.
• Country of origin research.
• Drafting responses to information requests relating to individual cases, asylum law and practice and country of origin information.
• Monitoring legislative and policy developments on asylum matters at the national (Luxembourg/Belgium) level.

Required qualifications
Masters degree in law. Previous relevant experience in refugee matters or human rights preferred.
Essential: excellent drafting skills in Dutch (native speaker) and English, preferably with a working knowledge of French.

How to apply
Your CV and covering letter should be sent by 1 April 2013 to
belbr@unhcr.org, mentioning in the subject Legal Unit Internship April 2013.

18 March 2013

Internship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer/academic
Deadline for application: 5 April 2013

Established in 1982, INTERIGHTS works to promote respect for human rights through the use of law. It achieves 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, INTERIGHTS' 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.

INTERIGHTS invites applications for a three month funded internship starting at the beginning of June 2013, for a lawyer/academic working on LGBTI Human Rights in Europe.
Venice Academy of Human Rights 2013
Obligation of States
8 - 19 July 2013, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice - Lido, Italy
Deadline for application: 5 May 2013

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation  (EIUC). The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and doctoral students with an advanced knowledge of human rights. A maximum of 60 participants will be selected. Participants attend morning lectures, afternoon seminars and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity to present and discuss their own 'work in progress' such as drafts of articles, chapters of doctoral theses or books and other projects. At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance.
You can view the detailed programme here.

Participants: Academics, practitioners and PhD/JSD students
Type of courses: Lectures, elective seminars and optional workshops
Number of hours: 24 hours of compulsory courses (plenum), min. 16 hours of elective and optional courses (smaller groups)
Fee: € 600

Online registration is open until 5 May 2013.
EIUC Venice School of Human Rights 2013
Human Rights as our Responsibility
27 June - 6 July 2013, European Inter-University Centre in Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice (Italy)
Deadline for application: 30 April 2013

EIUC Venice School of Human Rights was created with the goal of studying today’s challenges in the field of human rights. It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The EIUC Venice School combines theory and practice and its faculty involves highly experienced academics and practitioners. The Venice School of Human Rights intends to highlight that the respect for human rights is the responsibility of all, that 'Human Rights are our responsibility'.
Courses are scheduled to take place in Venice at the premises of the European Inter-University Centre in Human Rights and Democratisation for a period of 10 days. The courses will be taught in English by internationally recognised experts in the fields of human rights belonging to EIUC’s partner universities and other organisations that support EIUC projects and endeavors.The courses are addressed to postgraduate students from all academic backgrounds, students from the different regional masters in human rights and democratisation, to E.MA alumni as well as to human rights practitioners willing to deepen and improve their knowledge in human rights issues.

12 March 2013

Amnesty International European Institutions Office, Brussels
Executive Officer on EU foreign policy
Deadline for application: 17 March 2013

Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office in Brussels coordinates and promotes lobbying of the European institutions. The Office aims to ensure that the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) put human rights at the heart of all their policies.

Amnesty International's European Institutions Office is looking for an Executive Officer to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, and the themes of human rights defenders, torture and violence against women. The successful candidate will start in June 2013 in a full-time permanent post and will collaborate with Amnesty's global headquarters and national offices to influence the EU’s foreign policy for protecting human rights worldwide.

11 March 2013

Save the Children EU Office, Brussels
Advocacy Adviser – Child survival
Deadline for application: 18 March 2013

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. It is currently working in 120 countries around the world touching the lives of 125 million children. Its mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children EU Office is looking for an Advocacy Adviser with a focus on child survival, to support implementation of the programme 'Local to Global', funded by SIDA. It concerns a part-time, 2-year assignment between March 2013 and December 2015, based in Brussels, Belgium.
Plan EU Office, Brussels
Advocacy and Campaigns Manager
Deadline for application: 20 March 2013

Plan EU Office is a regional network within Plan International which links 12 national Plan organisations in European Union (EU) member states. Plan EU Office’s goal is to ensure that the promotion and protection of the rights of the child is a priority for the EU’s external action in policy, programming and funding, while strengthening Plan’s partnership with the EU. We aim to ensure that children’s voices are heard and included in EU policy making. In addition, Plan EU Office’s work focuses on a few key thematic areas: Gender equality, education, health and child protection.
Plan EU Office is recruiting an Advocacy and Campaigns Manager. This person will be responsible for development, coordination and implementation of Plan’s advocacy and campaigns strategy, targeting the EU for policy change around child rights and gender equality, working in a small and dynamic team in Brussels.

08 March 2013

Summer School 2013 on Transitional Justice:
Peace negotiations, peace mediation and influencing implementation: Engaging women and gender
17 - 21 June 2013, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

The Summer School is organised by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), and consists of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions. It is aimed at both postgraduate students and practitioners working in the field of transitional justice and human rights.

The Summer School will focus on the identification, training and presence of women and gendered perspectives in peace negotiations, peace mediation and ongoing post-conflict implementation. This five day residential course will offer participants a unique opportunity to understand:
• The legal framing and policy requirements mandating greater inclusiveness in peace processes and mediations of conflict
• The arguments for the representation of women in such processes and the barriers to representation of women
• The challenges to including gendered perspectives in negotiation, including greater understanding of men’s roles in conflict
• The capacity of positive masculinities to model change in conflict settings
• The capacity to identify the issues and mechanisms that most likely advance women and gender equality in change contexts. 
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, London
Interns - The Rule of Law and Immigration Detention in Europe - National Case Studies
Deadline for application: positions have meanwhile been filled (update 15/03/2013):

The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, is placed in the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. It is devoted to identifying rule of law issues in national, regional and international systems and seeking to analyse, establish and promote the rule of law's fundamental qualities.

The Bingham Centre is seeking a number of interns to complete national reports for its study on The Rule of Law and Immigration Detention in Europe.

Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights (MCR) - Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch and University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Module 2 - Childhood studies and childhood research methodology
13 - 17 May 2013, Institut Kurt Bösch (IUKB), Sion Switzerland

Within the framework of the Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights (MCR), a two year post-graduate training programme on children’s rights, the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Sion (Switzerland) and the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) accept auditors to participate in one or several modules of the programme:

Module 2 - Childhood studies and Childhood research methodology
Module 3 - Children's rights and international law
Module 4 - Child labour and education
Module 5 - Children in contact with the law
Module 6 - Children's rights in the context of health and in relation to migration.

As a maximum, no more than 5 auditors per module will be accepted. Auditors are expected to participate actively in the modules. They will be invited to prepare their participation in a similar way as regular students, i.e. by preparing tasks inherent to the module(s) that will be attended.

The modules take place in Switzerland, alternately at the University of Fribourg and at IUKB in Sion/Bramois. Supplementary information on the whole programme is available on the IUKB's website.

The Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School 2013
8 - 12 July 2013, NUI Galway, Ireland

The Summer School will familiarise participants with the sources of migrants’ rights and the available protection mechanisms. It will provide participants with an understanding of the major tensions underlying the issue of the protection of migrants’ rights and of how globalization shapes these tensions. During the five days of intensive sessions provided by leading experts in the area, participants will be provided with a detailed working knowledge of the issues through presentations, readings and group discussions, which will include components on research and advocacy skills. The programme will include a variety of social activities that will allow participants to network with each other and the panel of specialists in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The Summer School is open to anyone interested in the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights protection, including practitioners, journalists, NGO representatives, government officials and students.

Participants are invited, but not obliged, to submit an abstract proposing their research ideas for discussion.

Confirmed speakers for this inaugural year’s summer school include:
• Professor Francois Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

• Professor Tomoya Obokata, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Keele University, School of Law

• Ms Mariette Grange, Senior Researcher at the Global Detention Project of the Program for the Study of Global Migration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

• Ms Siobhán O’Donoghue, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

• Ms Maria Stavropoulou, Director of the Greek Asylum Service

• Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui, Lecturer and LLM Director, The Irish Centre for Human Rights

• Dr Noelle Higgins, Lecturer in Human Rights, The Irish Centre for Human Rights

For more information, including details on how to register and how to submit an abstract, please visit our website
or email: hrandmigrationsummerschool@gmail.com.  

07 March 2013

Human Dignity Trust, London
Deadline for application: 15 April 2013

Working with local lawyers, the Human Dignity Trust, on the invitation of those directly affected, facilitates litigation in those jurisdictions that criminalise sexual orientation and gender identity. The Trust seeks to ensure that constitutional law gives full effect to binding international human rights standards and that the right to private, consensual sexual activity between adults of the same gender is guaranteed. Our aim is to uphold the rule of law.

The Human Dignity Trust is looking to appoint a Lawyer.

Reporting to the Legal Director, this permanent position will be an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a lawyer with proven and practical experience of protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalised people. Evidence of a practical understanding of the application of criminal, public and constitutional law, as well as international human rights law, will be a distinct advantage. The lawyer will work at the cutting edge of international human rights law and bring about real change for people who are criminalised, and/or at risk of persecution, because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Law Centre Summer School 2013 on the Rights of the Child
24 to 28 June 2013, Nottingham (UK)

The objective of this exciting programme is to consider issues concerning the rights of the child that are a matter of current legal, political and societal debate, both internationally and comparatively. These include violence against children, child participation, child poverty, and child rights monitoring and advocacy.

The Summer School will devote sessions to international and regional child rights law, including the work of the international courts and treaty monitoring bodies mandated to consider violations of the rights of the child.

The Summer School is a highly interactive event in which all participants will be encouraged to be fully involved. The training methods include Q and A and group exercises. The working language for the Summer School will be English. All participants receive an extensive electronic file of resource materials. The Summer School faculty are all highly experienced international experts on child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice.