ILS Weekly Update – Oct. 16, 2013


Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


This is a 3-month unpaid internship from September 23 to December 13, full time or part time (min. 20 hrs a week).  The intern will work closely in a human rights international organization, researching on aboriginal women in the Americas, with a strong emphasis in Canada.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Available at least 20 hours/week for 12 weeks, during regular Monday-Friday business hours.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail;

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae to  with “internship” in the subject line.

U.S. Department of State Internship

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State 2014 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Click here ( to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications isNovember 1, 2013.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Summer 2014 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

* Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

Please visit for more information about the Summer 2014 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 1, 2013.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.


Call for Papers: Dalhousie


The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies (DJLS) is now accepting papers for its 23rd Volume (to be published in Spring/Summer 2014). Established in 1991, the DJLS operates out of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a non-profit, student-run academic journal that offers undergraduate and graduate law students, as well as recent law graduates (within one year), the opportunity to have their work published to a broad, international subscription base.Attached to this message you will find our official Call for Submissions, which contains important information on the submissions process.The DJLS accepts essays, articles, case comments, and reviews concerning contemporary issues, only in Canadian or international law and not exceeding 15,000 words. All authors may receive feedback from our editorial team upon request. Papers selected for publication will be eligible for the following cash prizes:
1st prize: $1,000 CAD
2nd prize: $500 CAD
3rd prize: $250 CAD
(Note: We will not publish articles that focus exclusively on American domestic law.)
The deadline for Volume 23 submissions is Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Submissions should be sent to
If you have any additional questions, please contact or visit our website at



ILR – Drew Cohen Brown Bag Lunch 

ILR is hosting a brown bag lunch with Drew Cohen— a current Supreme Court Clerk in South Africa and 2012 GW Law alumnus– to discuss the recent South African decision, Government of Zimbabwe v. Fick.  This case empowers South African domestic courts to register, recognize, and enforce decisions of regional tribunals where the country has an international obligation.  More information about the case can be found in the attachments. 
This is an amazing opportunity for ILS members to learn about the case, the South African judiciary, careers in and international law!!  For those who are interested in attending, please see the following: 
Location: STU 402
Date: Wednesday, October 16
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Food: BYOBB (bring your own brown bag)
Hope to see you there!


GW HRLS – Networking Event

The GW Human Rights Law Society will host a wine and cheese peer networking even on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow law students who are also interested in Human Rights, and who may already have some experience in the field!


ASIL – Int’l Professional Development and the White House Fellows Program
ASIL is pleased to be hosting an event that I believe will be of special interest to your students and recent graduates. Please pass this announcement on as appropriate.

“International Professional Development and the White House Fellows Program”

On Tuesday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m., ASIL will host a unique opportunity to learn about the White House Fellows experience and application process from a former Fellow and current ASIL member. Ziad Haider is an attorney at White & Case LLP in its international arbitration practice. He previously served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and a national security aide in the U.S. Senate. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Alumni Association and Foundation and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Director of the Truman National Security Project’s Asia Expert Group.  Ziad was an ASIL Arthur C. Helton Fellow at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in 2008 conducting research on governance reforms in Pakistan’s tribal belt.

He will discuss his experience as a Fellow as well as walk attendees through the application process, while providing insight into what makes a strong application for the Fellowship.

This event is free to ASIL members, students of ASIL Academic Partners, and members of the Washington Foreign Law Society. Non-members fee is $15.

To register for the event, please email with your name and affiliation.

Combating the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia


“Combating the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia,” with Nick Marx, Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:30PM, R812


China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration

Nov. 5, HKIAC in Washington, DC: China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration
Dear Friends of the DC Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee:

We are delighted to announce our Committee’s co-sponsorship of a November 5 afternoon program on “China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration.”  Brought to you by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre with the support of the Association of Corporate Counsel, this program will focus on dispute resolution involving state owned enterprises.  In today’s global marketplace, states commonly conduct commercial activities through state owned enterprises, but national practices regarding state immunity are so diverse that formulating rules of universal application is a very difficult task.  The seminar will discuss the role of state owned enterprises, highlighting recent issues in the area of state immunity that are frequently encountered in international commercial arbitration and the steps companies can take to mitigate risks.

Confirmed speakers from Asia, Europe and the US include Chiann Bao, Secretary-General of the HKIAC; Gaela Gehring Flores of Arnold & Porter; Brenda Horrigan of Herbert Smith Freehills; Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter;Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator; Julian Lew of 20 Essex Street; Patrick Pearsall, Attorney-Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser; Ted Posner of Weil, Gotshal and Manges; John Wang Qiang, General Counsel of China National Machinery Industry Corporation, and Ariel Ye of King & Wood Mallesons.

The event will be held at Arnold & Porter, 555 12th St. NW (Metro Center stop), Washington, DC, from 4:30-7:30 pm, including reception.  Registration fees are modest (early bird of just $20 before October 18, $30 thereafter; $20 for non-profits, government employees and members of the DC Bar International Law Section, and just $10 for law students).  For the full flyer and a link to the registration and payment pages, see


International Law Weekend 2013

International Law Weekend 2013
Internationalization of Law & Legal Practice

October 24-26, 2013
New York City

Join hundreds of members of the international legal community at the annual International Law Weekend (ILW) conference/the 92nd Annual Meeting of the ABILA, October 24-26, 2013, in New York City. The theme of ILW 2013 is “Internationalization of Law and Legal Practice”. More than 40 expert panels will examine how and why an appreciation and knowledge of international law is an increasingly relevant and important professional tool for virtually every lawyer.  Panels may explore, for example, how international law principles and instruments are involved in such domestic areas as civil litigation, commercial transactions, trade regulation, family law, criminal prosecution, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and dispute settlement.  ILW 2013 is expected to attract an audience of more than 1,000 practitioners, academics, diplomats, members of the governmental and nongovernmental sectors, and most importantly, foreign policy and law students who are learning about the range of practice and career opportunities.  There will be three sessions of career panels at ILW 2013 in addition to a Pathways to Employment in International Law panel.

ILW 2013 is FREE for all ILSA members but you must pre-register for the conference.  Please visit the following website for more information and the registration link:

Register Now for ILW 2013

View the ILW 2013 Program  *please note this program is subject to change