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

Welcome back to Spring Semester 2013!

Dear ILSers, 

Welcome back! ILS is starting off the new year in full gear, and we have a lot of great events planned for all of you in the next month!! We are all very excited for these events and look forward to seeing you all there! 

International Law Week (IL Week):
Our annual INTERNATIONAL LAW WEEK is just around the corner! Starting February 11th to 15th, the International Law Society will be putting on a variety of events on and off campus. They include:
– documentary screenings,
– career panels,
– panel discussions with practitioners,
– a visit to a nearby embassy for a cultural presentation, and
– a surprise keynote speaker!
International Law Week will culminate with an Embassy Gala, held every year at a different embassy and one of the few and very popular formal events offered at GW Law. More information to be sent out to you soon.


Next GBM – Tuesday, January 15th @ 8:00 p.m.:
Our next General Body Meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, January 15th @ 8:00 p.m. Come enjoy some snacks and drinks as we discuss details about international law week and how members can get involved assisting with events. This meeting will be short and sweet. We will also pass out hand-outs with details about all of our upcoming events.


ILS Happy Hour @ Science Club Wednesday, Jan. 23 6-8 p.m.: 
Come hang out and meet fellow ILS members and alumni over some great cocktail specials. Location: Science Club, 1136 19th Street Northwest  Washington, D.C. 20036.


ILS Bake Sale – January 28-29th
Help support ILS and enjoy some freshly baked desserts, breakfast treats, and warm beverages! We will be in the hard lounge on Monday and Tuesday the week of the 28th. 


The 3rd Annual “Live from L” – Thursday, Jan. 10th, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, along with GW Law, will be hosting a live webinar that will be screened in the law school moot court room. Registration is required and is free for all law students. Students will be able to ask questions, time permitting. 

Topic“International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Era of Smart Power: Emerging Issues for the Next Four Years.” Cosponsored by The American Society of International Law and The George Washington University School of Law. Law Students may sign up for the webcast for FREE: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

Speakers Include:

(1) Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
(2) Susan Biniaz – Climate Change, Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
(3) Paul Dean – Treaties & Executive AgreementsAssistant Legal Adviser, Treaty Affairs, U.S. Department of State
(4) Alexandra Perina – The Laws of War and Cyberconflict, Assistant Legal Adviser, Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State
(5) Kevin Baumert – South China Sea, Attorney-Adviser, Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
(6) Moderator, Susan L. Karamanian – Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University School of Law

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday at 8 p.m. for our next General Body Meeting! Room location will be emailed to you as soon as it has been confirmed.

ILS Board

Watch Now – ILS Career Panel on Internships in International Law

Please click this link to watch the recording of the recent ILS career panel: information on how to obtain domestic and international internships in international law, as well as information on the GW-Oxford and GW-Munich summer programs!

ILS Career Panel Flyer

ILS Speaker Bio Sheet

Also, below find information that was given to students who attended the panel on other resources to use when searching for internships.

International Law Resources 

Private Sector Opportunities

There can be an international aspect to almost any area of law.  Law firms and corporate legal departments will quite often deal with matters that have an international aspect.  For example, an intellectual property attorney can file a trademark application in Canada, a corporate lawyer can perform due diligence for the merger of a U.S. company with a Japanese entity, and a family law practitioner can handle an international child abduction case.

  • The NALP Directory can be used to research large law firms that have international practices.  Select “International” in the Practice Areas drop-down menu:
  • Martindale can be used to identify medium and small law firms that have international aspects to their work.  Choose the Law Firms and Organizations tab after selecting Advanced Search and enter “International” in the Practice Area field:
  • To research large law firms outside the United States, visit Chambers and Partners, and select one of the country or region guides (including UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America):
  • For a listing of law firms and lawyers worldwide, visit (previously Hieros Gamos) and hover over “Law Firms” to select “By Country” for links to practice area and city directories for 142 countries.
  • ABA Section of International Law keeps a listing of law firms across the globe who are seeking interns:
  • The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has information, events, and job postings related to in-house legal departments in various regions.  Simply select a particular region from the home page:  To look for job postings in other countries, visit, click Advanced Search and select the Country tab.


Public Interest Opportunities

Increasingly, law students and lawyers are drawn to the burgeoning number of opportunities to make a public interest impact in the international arena.  In addition to the many opportunities to do so abroad, because the U.S. and Canada are host to many large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other international advocacy groups, opportunities also present themselves here at home.

  • PSJD (formerly PSLawNet) provides an extensive number of resources that provide background on searching and applying for international public interest opportunities, including internships:
  • Search Organizations on Idealist to identify organizations that have operations abroad or domestic work that is related to the international sphere:
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono provides a list of International Pro Bono Opportunities:
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) maintains a list of Pro-Bono Opportunities in International Law:



Postgraduate fellowships enable recent graduates to secure entry level positions with a variety of organization and employer types.

  • The PSJD (formerly PSLawNet) job database (create an account and then select Search Opportunities once logged in) includes over 300 fellowship listings.  The site also includes Information and Resources related to Fellowships:
  • Yale Law School has created, and maintains, a Guide to Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships, many of which are international in nature:
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) provides a list of Fellowship and Research Opportunities:


Clerkships with International Tribunals

Law students and graduates seek short-term positions with courts outside of the U.S. for a variety of reasons. For some, it is an opportunity to work in an international setting and have a clerkship experience.   Others have an interest in the particular issues that these courts hear, such as the arbitration of commercial intellectual property disputes by the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center or violations of humanitarian law by the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda. Gaining experience with these issues may also fit in with their long-term career plans.

  • Yale Law School Opportunities with International Tribunals and Foreign Courts includes information on the various tribunals and courts, availability of clerkships, and application procedures: (note this is the most recent version of this document available online).
  • The United Nations website lists, and links to information about, International Courts and Tribunals and Principal Legal Bodies of the United Nations:


International Law-related Job Postings

The following are a few websites that list internships and full-time positions related to international law or international legal issues.

  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) Career Center includes listings for internships in Criminal Law, Development Law, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Economic & Trade Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Migration Law, International & National Security, and Private International Law:
  • The United States Government often has jobs abroad, and they are required to look first for U.S. Citizens to fill them.  Using the Advanced Search on, in the Location Search section, change the drop-down menu in “Show locations for this region” to a region of interest:
  • Foreign Policy Association Career Center has a Job Board for foreign policy-related positions:
  • NYU Law International Job Search Sites is a great clearinghouse:


International Law-related Bar Associations

Bar Associations are great resources for conferences and programs where you can not only hear people talk about issues in international law, but where you can also meet—and network with!—practitioners who work in the field.

  • Washington Foreign Law Society:
  • American Society of International Law:
  • ABA Section of International Law:
  • DC Bar International Law Section:
  • International Bar Association:
  • International Law Association:


Other Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

A great way to gain experience abroad, improve your language skills, and help others is volunteering. your time, skills, and energy in any country other than your own with any one of thousands of global organizations, issues, or causes, all to help make a difference in communities around the world.  These opportunities can be non-legal, quasi-legal, public policy-related, or legal in nature.

  • Idealist provides great information on international volunteerism in its International Volunteerism Resource Center:
  • Other websites that provide information, and opportunities, related to volunteering abroad:
    • Global Volunteers:
    • Peace Corps:
    • United Planet:
    • World Volunteer Web:


Improving Your Language Skills

Having language skills is a great way to distinguish yourself from other candidates.

  • If you are interested in learning another language, The Global Language Network is located in Foggy Bottom and offers affordable language classes in more than 60 languages taught by dedicated native speakers who volunteer their time and energy to teach their language and share their culture:
  • If you already speak a language and want to continue to improve your skills, you can join a Meetup:  For example, if you want to maintain your Italian language skills, you can join the Italian Language Meetup Group of Washington, DC:




New Events – Nov. 12, 2012


Event –  “Putin’s Kiss” – Monday, November 12 | 6:30 pm | LL102

Join the Human Rights Law Society and International Law Society for a screening of Putin’s Kiss, a disturbing true story about the current state of civil rights in modern-day Russia. The film will be followed by a discussion with Nadia Diuk, Russia expert and Vice President of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Please join the ILS Board and current and past GW Law students as we share best practices for getting great internship opportunities in the field of international law!

ILS Career Panel: Summer Opportunities in International Law at Home and Abroad – This Monday, Nov. 12th!!

Interested in learning more about international law?  Feeling like you should start looking into summer opportunities?  Then come to hear a panel of your fellow GW Law students share their recent summer opportunities in international law.  Alums will also be in attendance to speak about their experiences and provide tips on finding internships and/or study abroad programs, both here in DC and across the world!

Some of the opportunities that will be discussed include:  Foreign clerkships, State Department internships, GW Study abroad programs in Munich and Oxford, International Trade Commission clerkships, and Department of Justice Office of International Affairs.

See you Monday, November 12th in the SCC from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.! Cookies and Coffee provided!


Volunteers Needed – Int’l Economic Law Interest Group Meeting: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Attention Students! The International Law Society has been asked to recruit 3 to 4 student volunteers for the International Economic Law Interest Group meeting to be held at the Law School on November 29, November 30 and December 1 (ending at noon). This will be a great opportunity for GW Law students to meet leaders in this field, both from law firms and the academy. If you are interested, please reply to this email with your contact information and availability, and any questions you may have.


Offisight Event: World Bank & IFC: Launch of Doing Business 2013 Report 

Join the American Bar Association Section of International Law for a discussion with the World Bank on the recent World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) flagship report: Doing Business. The panelists will discuss what the reports measure; the Doing Business indicators; what is new in this year’s latest report; which regions have the most business-friendly environment; and which economies are showing the most improvements. Special Counsel from Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP will share how the make use of the report to inform their daily business.

Event URL: 

Hope to see you at one of these great events!


Upcoming Events and Announcements – Oct. 9, 2012

EVENT TODAY – Discussion with the Honorable Fausto De Sanctis on Anti-Corruption

TODAY from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Stuart 403 GW Law alum Tim Bickham from Steptoe & Johnson will lead a discussion with one of Brazil’s leading anti-corruption judges, Judge Fausto De Sanctis.  This will be very informal.  We will have cookies and sodas so bring a lunch if you can make it.

Event – State Dep’t Private Int’l Law Advisory Committee

On Thursday and Friday, October 11-12, GW Law will be hosting the State Department Private Int’l Law Advisory Committee meeting in the FCC.  You are invited to attend  the sessions. As this is a working group, it would be appreciated if you could arrive at the start of the specific session you’d like to attend and stay until the end of the session to avoid disruptions.  Download the agenda here: ACPIL 2012 annual meeting agenda

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Event – MLSA Movie Screening: “Mohammad, Legacy of a Prophet

Date: Wednesday October 17th, 2012 – Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Lerner Hall LL102 

Description: In response to recent events surrounding the controversial YouTube video depicting the prophet Muhammad, The Muslim Law Students Association and Karamah invite you to join a screening of the film, “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet”. Karamah, a local Muslim human rights and research organization, is screening this film followed by a discussion about recent events and understanding Islam.