Upcoming Events – Nov. 9, 2013

GW Law School IL Events
1.  Wednesday, November 13, 10 am, Moot Court Room:  Israeli Judge (Ret.) Amnon Straschnov (former Military Advocate General of the Israeli Defense Forces, holding the rank of Brigadier-General; President of the Military Courts in the West-Bank; and Chief Military Prosecutor). Judge Straschnov will discuss human rights and the West Bank.


2.  Wednesday, November 13, 3 pm, Moot Court Room:  GW Law co-hosts with the World Bank-IFC the launch of the2014 Women, Business and the Law.  Speakers are GW Law Professor Karen Brown; GW’s Director of Global Women’s Institute Dr. Mary Ellsberg; and the World Bank’s Nayda L. Almodovar-Reteguis.    


3.  Monday, November 18, 6 pm, Faculty Conference Center:  GW Law hosts a reception in honor of attendees at the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Week forum.


DC Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee Events

(1)     China and Beyond: Understanding State Owned Enterprises and State Immunity in International Arbitration — Nov. 5, 4:00 – 7:30 pm including reception (NB — the prior email incorrectly listed the start  time)

(2)     Symposium: Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration — Nov. 7 (full day program).

(3)    Do States Draft their BITs and FTAs with Sufficient Clarity? An Arbitrator’s View Point (Bernard Hanotiau) — Nov. 18, 5:30 pm (reception),6:30 pm (lecture)

(4)     BG Group v. Argentina: The Oral Argument Today Before the Supreme Court — Dec. 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.including lunch

Flexing Author’s Rights – Nov. 7th


American University Washington College of Law
Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

The 2nd Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture: 
Professor Bernt Hugenholtz – Flexing Authors’ Rights

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November 7, 2013 | Room 603
5:30 Reception | 6:15 Lecture | 7:30 Dinner Reception
American University Washington College of Law
For registration, CLE and live/on-demand webcast:

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Prof. Hugenholtz: Flexing Authors’ Rights

The global future of cultural institutions, information industries, and individual creative work hinges, in part, on present decisions about the scope and character of copyright exceptions and limitations. Almost everyone agrees that modern copyright law needs to be flexible in order to accommodate rapid technological change and evolving media uses. In the United States fair use is the flexible instrument of choice. Author’s rights systems in Europe are generally deemed to be less flexible and less tolerant to open-ended limitations and exceptions. But are they really?This lecture makes the case that (1) author’s rights systems can be made as flexible as common law copyright systems, and (2) that the existing EU legal framework does not preclude the development of flexible norms at the national level.
Bernt Hugenholtz is Professor of law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a professor at the University of Bergen (Norway), and regularly teaches at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Munich), Monash University (Melbourne) and Charles University (Prague).He is the co-author, with Prof. Paul Goldstein (Stanford University), of International Copyright. Principles, Law, and Practice (Oxford University Press, 3nd ed. 2012), and has written extensively on a range of copyright-related issues. He has acted as an advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Netherlands Ministry of Justice.

Prof. Hugenholtz is widely regarded as the foremost expert on copyright in the EU. He was a member of the Drafting Committee of the Wittem Project, a collaboration between copyright scholars across Europe that produced the ground-breaking model “EuropeanCopyright Code” in 2010. With Ian Hargreaves, he authored the 2013 Lisbon Council policy brief on “Copyright Reform for Growth and Jobs: Modernising the European CopyrightFramework.”

Recent publications are available at http://www.ivir.nl/staff/hugenholtz.html.

CODEPINK 2013 Drone Summit – Nov. 16-17th

Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance
Washington DC, November 16-17, 2013
 Register Now!The peace group CODEPINK, progressive think-tank Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter) are hosting a second drone summit titled “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington, DC.

We are bringing together drone survivors and families of victims from Pakistan and Yemen, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, social media experts, technology experts, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for an International Drone Summit.

  • Time: Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location: Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium


The program will include:

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Cornel West
  • Victims’ Testimonies: Honoring Voices, Acknowledging Lives
  • Drone Operators: Commanding the Machines
  • From Planes to Killer Robots: The Changing Face of Warfare
  • I Spy: Drones and the Surveillance State
  • Compensation: Helping with Loss
  • Global Action to Regulate Drones: The United Nations and the International Movement
  • Creative Resistance to Drone Warfare, Art and Poetry From Around the World
  • Drop Beats Not Bombs concert featuring Cornel West Theory
  • Film screenings throughout the weekend
  • Workshops on Sunday for direct action training, street theater, props making, social media and student organizing
  • Speakers include international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, Majorie Cohen, Amnesty International’s Zeke Johnson, ACLU’s Hina Shamsi, Pakistani attorney for drone victims Shahzad Akbar, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, Pakistani analyst and activist Noor Mir, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, renowned British scientist and activist Noel Sharkey, inventor of Dronestagram James Bridle, designer of drone-repellent stealthwear Adam Harvey, and peace activists Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell.

Sunday, November 17th, will be a strategy session to look at how to better coordinate the work and to lay the foundation for a Global Drones Network.

  • Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Georgetown Law Center

Sunday’s session is for representatives of organizations and individuals who want to be actively involved in the work of a Global Drones Network. If you are interested in attending Sunday’s session, please email Noor Mir at noor@codepink.org. We welcome all individuals and organizations to join us in this new initiative.


– See more at:http://codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=6457

The International Fight Against Corruption: Are the OECD and UN Conventions Achieving their Objectives? – Dec. 4th
Registration for the forthcoming OECD/UNCAC conference at George Washington University Law School on December 4th from 8 AM – 7 PM is only a month away.This year’s event pays tribute to Mark Pieth for his 25 years serving as Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions.  Mark will be delivering the key-note luncheon address.Registration information can be found here: http://www.law.gwu.edu/News/2013-2014events/Pages/TheInternationalFightAgainstCorruption.aspx

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 fmelzi@oas.org  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 (https://state.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/351699900) 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 http://careers.state.gov/students/programs 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 careers.state.gov 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 djls.submissions@gmail.com.
If you have any additional questions, please contact djls@dal.ca or visit our website at www.djls.org.



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 Events@asil.org 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: http://ilsa.org/conferences/international-law-weekend-ny

Register Now for ILW 2013

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

Thinking About Studying Abroad?

… Then you definitely won’t want to miss the great events planned for tomorrow:

Info Session – Study Abroad & Exchange Programs – Wednesday, Feb 6 @ 12 pm Hosted by Dean Maggs and Associate Dean Karamanian. Location: LL102.  Destinations include: Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, & Canada!

Exchange Program Info Session Flyer


Info Session – GW-Oxford Int’l Human Rights Program – Wednesday, Feb 6 @ 5pm 
With Professor Ralph Steinhardt and Associate Dean Susan Karamanian. Location: Faculty Conference Center (Burns 5th floor)

GW-Oxford Summer Program Information

Also, see below for more opportunities for GW Law students:

Publishing Opportunity – The Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies (DJLS) is now accepting papers for its 22nd Volume (to be published in spring/summer 2013). 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.

Dalehouse Call for Submissions Winter 2013 Flyer

Volunteer Opportunity – Be a Bailiff or Timekeeper for the Jessup Int’l Moot Court

Calling all ILS members (not competing in Grenadier Moot Court Competition) to serve as bailiffs and time keepers during the Jessup Tournament. The available time slots include: Friday, February 22 from 9-11:30 am; 12-2:30 pm; or 3-5:30 pm. Saturday, February 23 from 9:30-12:00 pm and 12:30-3:00 pm. All timekeepers must arrive 45 minutes prior to their assigned slot.

To sign up, please email Austin Walsh (2L) awalsh@law.gwu.edu

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: http://www.nalpdirectory.com.
  • 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: http://www.martindale.com/Find-Lawyers-and-Law-Firms.aspx
  • 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): http://www.chambersandpartners.com/.
  • For a listing of law firms and lawyers worldwide, visit HG.org (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: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/international_law/about_us/internships/law_firm_internships.html.
  • 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: http://www.acc.com/.  To look for job postings in other countries, visit http://jobline.acc.com/jobs, 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: http://www.psjd.org.
  • Search Organizations on Idealist to identify organizations that have operations abroad or domestic work that is related to the international sphere: http://www.idealist.org.
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono provides a list of International Pro Bono Opportunities: http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/probono/international.html.
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) maintains a list of Pro-Bono Opportunities in International Law: http://www.asil.org/probono.cfm.



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: http://www.psjd.org/Postgraduate_Public_Interest_Fellowships:_Background_Info_&_Resources.
  • Yale Law School has created, and maintains, a Guide to Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships, many of which are international in nature: http://www.psjd.org/Yale_Law_School_Guide_to_Postgraduate_Public_Interest_Fellowships.
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) provides a list of Fellowship and Research Opportunities: http://www.asil.org/fellowships.cfm.


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: http://www.law.yale.edu/documents/pdf/CDO_Public/CDO-10-IntlTribunals-PUBVer.pdf (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: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/resguide/specil.htm.


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: http://www.asil.org/internships.cfm.
  • 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 usajobs.gov, in the Location Search section, change the drop-down menu in “Show locations for this region” to a region of interest: http://www.usajobs.gov/JobSearch/Search/AdvancedSearch.
  • Foreign Policy Association Career Center has a Job Board for foreign policy-related positions: http://www.fpa.org/jobs/.
  • NYU Law International Job Search Sites is a great clearinghouse: http://www.law.nyu.edu/publicinterestlawcenter/careerresources/internationaljobsearchsites/index.htm.


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: http://www.wfls.org/
  • American Society of International Law: http://www.asil.org/
  • ABA Section of International Law: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/international_law.html
  • DC Bar International Law Section: http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/sections/international_law/index.cfm
  • International Bar Association: http://www.ibanet.org/
  • International Law Association: http://www.ila-hq.org/


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: http://www.idealist.org/info/IntlVolunteer.
  • Other websites that provide information, and opportunities, related to volunteering abroad:
    • Global Volunteers: http://www.globalvolunteers.org/
    • Peace Corps: http://www.peacecorps.gov/
    • United Planet: http://www.unitedplanet.org/
    • World Volunteer Web: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/


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: http://thegln.org/.
  • If you already speak a language and want to continue to improve your skills, you can join a Meetup: http://www.meetup.com.  For example, if you want to maintain your Italian language skills, you can join the Italian Language Meetup Group of Washington, DC: http://www.meetup.com/passatempo/.




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: https://apps.americanbar.org/aba_timssnet/meetings/tnt_meetings.cfm?action=long&primary_id=IC1113&webtextid=60186&Subsystem=MTG&related_prod_flag=0 

Hope to see you at one of these great events!


ILS Career Panel – and more!

ILS Career Panel: Summer Opportunities in International Law at Home and Abroad

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 pm! Cookies and Coffee provided!

Today, November 7, 4:00 pm in Jacob Burns Moot Court Room:  

Professor Longwan Xiang of the Research Center for the Tokyo Trials, Shanghai Jia Tong University will speak about his father (GW LL.B. 1925 ) Xiang Zhejun, who was the Chinese prosecutor during the post-WWII Tokyo Trials. 

Thursday, November 15, 8 to 11.45 am, Stuart 101 

Symposium titled Export Measures Affecting International Trade in Natural Resources, Energy Products and Food Supplies.”  Thanks to Professors Thomas Schoenbaum and Steve Charnovitz for their help in organizing the symposium. Please rsvp to Silena Davis at sdavis@law.gwu.edu if you’d like to attend.

Using International Trade Law to Enforce International Arbitration Awards

News about the latest lunchtime event in Washington, D.C.: Mélida Hodgson of Foley Hoag, Nigel Blackaby of Freshfields, and Josh Kallmer of Crowell & Moring will discuss the pros and cons of using international trade law to try to persuade a State to honor an international arbitration award, moderated by Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter. Hosted by the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and International Trade Committee, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law.
Time12:30-2:00 pm on Thursday, November 29 at Arnold & Porter, 555 12th Street, N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. (Metro Center station).

The registration link is at:  https://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/events/registration/login.cfm?js=yes&eventCD=121310IDR

AU 3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The winning authors will present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the ASIL 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership.

You can also learn more on the Competition website (www.WCLCenterforHR.org) for comprehensive rules, submission guidelines and award information. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. You can direct any questions to TeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu or to 202-274-4180.

Opportunity – Summer Fellowship at Auschwitz

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Tentative program dates for FASPE are May 26 – June 6, 2013.  Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2013.  Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:  http://www.FASPE.info If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Opportunity – Event Planning Committee

If you would are interested in putting on future international law events on campus, please let us know! Please include your areas of interests if you have one.