10 July 2013

UCL Institute of the Americas, London
Santander Scholarship Award of to all Latin American Applicants in 2013
Deadline for application: 9 August 2013

The Institute of the Americas of the London's Global University is delighted to announce the Santander Award of a £5,000 scholarship for its MA and MSc Programmes. This award is for International Students applying from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay in September 2013, for the following programmes:
• International Relations of the Americas MSc
• Caribbean and Latin American Studies MA
• Globalisation and Latin American Development MSc
• Latin American Politics MSc
• Latin American Studies MA
• United States Studies: History and Politics MA

The Santander Master's Scholarships (funded by Santander), aim to assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master's programme at UCL.

UCL has been in partnership with Santander Universities since 2007, providing UCL students and staff with numerous benefits and opportunities which range from study abroad experiences to awards for non-academic achievement.

Candidates must:
• Be nationals of one of the Santander network countries listed above and;
• Be studying at, or a graduate of, a university included on the relevant country list of eligible institutions (see Santander Universities) and;
• Be expected to obtain, or already possess, a Bachelors' degree awarded at a level equivalent to first-class Honours in a UK Bachelors degree and;
• Hold an offer of admission to a one-year, full-time UCL Master's programme, starting in the following academic year. 

All information can be found here.

02 July 2013

Human Rights Watch, Brussels

Deadline for application: As soon as possible

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.

The Legal & Policy Office of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a full-time intern to join the team on the case against Hissène Habré. HRW has been working for 13 years with the victims of Chad's exiled former President, Hissène Habré, to bring him to trial.

The internship will last a minimum of six months, starting in August 2013. The intern will be supervised by HRW’s Counsel. The internship will primarily focus on liaising with HRW’s partners in Senegal and Chad, drafting advocacy letters and press releases, monitoring press and events and assisting with research.

This internship is unpaid. Some lunch and local travel costs may be reimbursed as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

The internship is open to law students, law graduates, and graduate students with expertise in international criminal law or international relations. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in human rights. Oral and written fluency in French and proficiency in English is required.

How to apply

Please apply immediately by emailing a letter of interest in English or French, a resumé, two names or letters of reference and, if possible, a brief, unedited writing sample in French or English to habre@hrw.org. Please use 'Habré Internship Application – Summer 2013' as the subject of your email and specify your dates of availability. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further. 

Confidence Crisis in Human Rights: Implications for the UK

Intensive Course on Challenges faced by the International Human Rights Regime
9 - 13 September 2013, Middlesex University London

The promise posited by human rights, derived as a concept inspired by the intrinsic dignity of human beings, and as an effective tool to combat inequality and the abuse of power, is in crisis. The daily news on the use of human rights to protect persons who are a threat to the survival of the State and its citizens, the alleged misuse of human rights to consolidate rather than fight undue privileges, the portrayal of human rights mechanisms as a ‘foreign regime’ hampering national democratic processes, and the antagonisms of States such as Brazil and the United Kingdom towards regional human rights systems of protections they once helped to create and embraced, denotes that it is not only the economy facing a confidence crisis.
Today we are confronted with unfair consequences of structural adjustment programmes, uneven impact of trade liberalisation, side effects of the protection of intellectual property regimes, and in the midst of this, a renewed perception of human rights as a neo-colonial tool to implement hidden political agendas. Mistrust of the international human rights regime, often voiced by countries in the South as attempts to undermine their sovereignty, are increasingly being augmented by the voices of Western States such as the UK and the USA. This is illustrated by the reluctance of the United Sates to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the failure to allow unfettered access to human right mechanisms, or to investigate the situation in Guantanamo Bay. More recently it underpins British posturing towards human rights treaties and their implementation, with the latest opposition being its resistance to implement the European Court of Human Rights’ decision regarding prisoners’ rights to vote.

The objective of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the legal basis underpinning the creation of human rights standards and organs through the prism of topics considered a priority on the international human rights agenda. By the end of the course participants will be able to analyse the impact of international and national politics on the structures and functions of human rights mechanisms, be able to critically evaluate the existing system, and identify current and potential strategies for effective functioning within it.

The five-day course is divided into three parts. On the first day, students will be introduced to the events and ideologies that have resulted in a situation where countries that once led the creation of human rights norms and monitoring mechanisms at international level, are now distancing themselves from these. Days two, three and four, forming the second part, will focus on incendiary and divisive human rights topics that dominate intergovernmental agendas, in particular:

(i) the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion;
(ii) the consequences for human rights of austerity measures and migration policies;
(iii) a critical examination of the role of the United Nations Security Council and international law in conflict zones.
The third part will focus on emerging themes and challenges represented by the applicability of the human rights framework, with the activities undertaken by corporations, and the relationship between development projects, the environment and human rights driving the discussion during the last day.

Recommended for:
The course is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in human rights, international and domestic civil servants, and organisations engaged with international and national human rights monitoring bodies and processes. It would be of particular interest to journalists and those interested in understanding the different strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights.