Global Opportunities

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ASIL Discounted Membership

The American Society of International Law is offering a 50% discount on membership for members of the WCL community. ASIL is a great networking organization for students interested in international law. They host panels, skills sessions, and networking events. If you are interested in joining, please enter the following code when signing up: ACAD201314. The ASIL website is www.ASIL.org.


Ernest May Fellowship

DEADLINE: January 15, 2014

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is offering a fellowship that will include a stipend of $34,000 over 10 months (for post-doctoral or advanced research fellows) or $20,000 (for pre-doctoral fellows). The chosen fellow will be expected to collaborate on endeavors arranged by various program directors and complete a significant publication during their fellowship. The fellow would have access to Harvard's research facilities.

Website/Application: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/fellowships/may-fellows.html


INTERNSHIP AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CENTRE (HKIAC)

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2014


The selected WCL student is able to choose to work eight weeks from June to August. Interns may be asked to: read, comment on and draft documents or correspondence related to current cases; research materials and draft documents for use at lectures, seminars, workshops, public presentations, facilitations and special visits; assist with the planning and attendance at various events; undertake individual research projects, to the extent possible designed to suit their individual interests and abilities; and interact with the HKIAC's international network of thinkers, researchers, facilitators, mediators and arbitrators, as well as members of the Secretariat and other interns of different nationalities.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be highly motivated and able to work well in an international, multicultural environment;
  • Have excellent academic qualifications;
  • Have a very good command of English, additional linguistic ability is desirable;
  • Be able to demonstrate good oral communication and drafting skills;
  • Work effectively in a team as well as independently;
  • Have a good standard of computer literacy (especially Microsoft Office applications); and be available to work on a full-time basis for the period of the internship.
  • Relevant practical experience may however be considered as an advantage, but not a requirement.


For more information or application requirements, please visit: http://www.hkiac.org/index.php/hkiac/internship-programme


If you have any additional questions regarding the application or need more information about the internship, please contact:

Susana Castiglione / Assistant Director

Center on International Commercial Arbitration
Telephone (202) 274-4321

E-mail: arbitration@wcl.american.edu


INTERNSHIP AT SERGIO BERMUDES LAW FIRM IN BRAZIL

DEADLINE: January 31, 2014


Sergio Bermudes Law Firm is internationally recognized as the Brazilian leader in litigation, commercial Arbitration, and insolvency law (Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Who´s Who Legal). Over the past 40 years, it has represented companies operating in a broad range of commercial activities including telecommunications and media, energy, oil & gas, banking and finance, insurance, airline services, rail, road and maritime transport systems and public service concessionaires, among others. You can learn more about the Firm by visiting its web site: www.bermudes.com.br


Application Requirements: International Commercial Arbitration Classes. Arbitration classes at WCL´s Summer Program are strongly encouraged (May 27 - June 13, 2014). Very good grades are also required. Prior experience in the arbitration department of a law firm or arbitral institution is desirable. Knowledge of the Portuguese language is desirable (although not mandatory).


Description of Intern's Duties: The internship will provide one law student the unique opportunity to work on cases at one of Brazil´s leading law firms. The Intern will be assigned to work under the direct supervision of a leading English Speaking Brazilian attorneys and have the opportunity to work on international arbitration initiatives as needed. The 8 week internship will be based at Sergio Bermudes Law Firm in Rio de Janeiro.


Application: To apply, please submit a detailed resume, your transcripts, and a cover letter stating your motivations and explaining your particular interest in international arbitration to the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at arbitration@wcl.american.edu. Please provide a phone number, in case the Law Firm need to interview you over the phone. Please address the cover letter to: Marcelo Lamego Carpenter / Partner - Sergio Bermudes Advogados


Compensation: Sergio Bermudes Law Firm will provide plane tickets and a stipend in Brazilian Reais of an amount equivalent to US 2,000. Interns are required to handle their own accommodation arrangements for their stay in Rio de Janeiro. The working languages of the Firm are Portuguese and English.


If you have any additional questions regarding the application or need more information about the internship, please contact:


Susana Castiglione / Assistant Director

Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Telephone (202) 274-4321

E-mail: arbitration@wcl.american.edu


European Union Traineeship Available

DEADLINE: February 2, 2014

A paid traineeship is available for with the European Union. Trainees may work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy. Daily work will mainly consist of: attending and organizing meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings; researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations; answering queries; and running projects. Traineeship offers EU knowledge – insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions; practical experience – an opportunity to play a part in the Commission's day-to-day business; and an opportunity to put academic theory into practice.

Trainees will receive a monthly grant of some €1,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance are also provided. Every year, there are about 1300 places available.

For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/stages/about/whats_en.htm

China Mekong Law Center - June Internship Available

DEADLINE: February 20, 2014

The China-Mekong Law Center, a very small non-profit corporation focused on law reform and legal education in East Asia is looking to hire an unpaid intern for spring semester 2014 and beyond. The internship offers an opportunity to learn about the operations of a U.S. non-profit corporation. Responsibilities will involve issues of non-profit corporate governance; development of promotional materials; budgeting and procurement; fund-raising and marketing; drafting of grant proposals; maintaining corporate filings and registrations, and some legal research.

Our office is a block from the main train station in Baltimore. We hope that the selected candidate will be able to receive law school course credit for participation in this internship. Knowledge of Asian legal systems or Asian languages, as well as website design and maintenance, is a plus but not necessary.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to: mail@chinamekong.org

(Unofficial transcripts and writing samples also appreciated)


For more information, please visit: http://www.aida-americas.org/en/internships-and-volunteering


Tinker Field Research Grants – Request for Proposals

DEADLINE: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5pm.

Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded by the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies to American University graduate students to support preliminary field research in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Latin American and Caribbean countries (excluding Puerto Rico). Grants are intended to provide the opportunity to develop research projects and conduct hands-on field research for the first time.

Tinker grants primarily cover travel expenses for short (three weeks to four months) periods of investigation in Latin America. Travel should be concluded by September 30, 2014. Priority is given to PhD candidates for pre-dissertation exploratory research, but grants will be allocated to students pursuing Master’s and other graduate degrees for thesis or preparation for a major research paper.


For more information, eligibility requirements, and application instructions please visit: http://www.american.edu/clals/tinker-field-research-grants.cfm


If you have further questions, please contact Ashlee Armstrong at aarmstro@american.edu or 202-885-6173.


Land Tenure: The Foundation for Economic Development

Wednesday, Jan. 15th 2014 at 12pm

ASIL Headquarters Tillar House 2223 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008

This FREE event is sponsored by the American Society of International Law, and The George Washington School of Law. The event will be a brown-bag luncheon with experts in the field of International Property Law.

Land, property, construction and development constitute a significant portion of the gross domestic product of many nations, especially developing countries. But what happens when a country’s laws don’t provide secure land rights? The recent natural disaster in the Philippines has brought into focus the problems that arise when land tenure laws are lacking and several countries are experiencing the impact of laws that allow for land grabs. Across the world, we see the relationship between people and their land varies with their history, culture and legal system. How can countries encourage investment and transition to market-driven economies while ensuring stability for individual citizens and promoting the stability that adequate housing provides?


To RSVP visit: https://wfls.org/event/land-tenure-the-foundation-for-economic-development/


Seventeenth Annual Hispanic Law Conference The Impact of Immigration Reform on Access to Justice

Thursday, Feb. 13th 2014 at 12-9pm

American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Sixth Floor Washington, DC 20016

American University Washington College of Law hosts the Annual Hispanic Law Conference each spring as part of WCL’s Founders’ Celebration. This important event for the WCL Latino community brings together a unique mix of personalities devoted to the progress of Latinos/as in the U.S. and in the hemisphere.


There will be a lunch discussion regarding "Why We Choose Law," Panel Discussions, and an Award Dinner to distinguish individuals in the Hispanic Community.


Kindly RSVP by February 10, 2014 to alopez@wcl.american.edu

To register for the conference: https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration


Office of Global Opportunities

The Office of Global Opportunities is dedicated to working with law students who want to study abroad during their time in law school or whose goal it is to have an international career. We work with students to help them decide what programs are available to best enrich their legal experience and connect students with alumni who are working in other countries.