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IMG_0900ASIL Private International Law Prize 2015
Source: Conflict of Laws 
The Private International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law invites submissions for this year’s ASIL Private International Law prize. The prize is given for the best text on private international law written by a young scholar. Essays, articles, and books are welcome, and can address any topic of private international law, can be of any length, and may be published or unpublished, but not published prior to 2014. Submitted essays should be in the English language. Competitors may be citizens of any nation but must be 35 years old or younger on December 31, 2014. They need not be members of ASIL.

This year, the prize will consist of a $400 stipend to participate in the 2015 or 2016 ASIL Annual Conference, and one year’s membership to ASIL. The prize will be awarded by the Private International Law Interest Group based upon the recommendation of a Prize Committee. Decisions of the Prize Committee on the winning essay and on any conditions relating to this prize are final.
Submissions to the Prize Committee must be received by June 1st 2015.
Entries should be submitted by email in Word or pdf format. They should contain two different documents: a) the essay itself, without any identifying information other than the title; and b) a second document containing the title of the entry and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact details.
Submissions and any queries should be addressed by email to Private International Law Interest Group Co-Chairs Prof. S.I. Strong ( and Cristian Gimenez Corte ( All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

IMG_0900Call for Proposals – International Law Weekend 2015

Source: IntLaw Grrls 
International Law Weekend 2015 (ILW 2015) – the premier international law event of the fall season – is scheduled for November 5-7, 2015 in New York City. The event is sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA).
The ILW Organizing Committee – composed of Chiara Giorgetti (Richmond Law School), Jeremy Sharpe (Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State), David Stewart (President ABILA, Georgetown Law Center), Santiago Villalpando (Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations), and Tessa Walker (ILSA) – invites proposals to be submitted online on or before Friday, March 20, 2015 via the ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form located here. ILW 2015 is scheduled to be held at 42 West 44th Street on Thursday evening, November 5, and at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center on November 6 – 7, 2015.
The theme for 2015 is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers.
ILW 2015 will explore the many roles that international law plays in addressing global challenges. The aim is to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate the ways in which international law provides fundamental tools and mechanisms to address emerging global issues. Panel proposals may concern any aspect of contemporary international law and practice.
For questions regarding ILW 2015, please contact

IMG_0649Go On! PhD seminar: Methods of Human Rights Law Research, University of Iceland (deadline 1 April)
Source: Int Law Grrls 
The University of Iceland Human Rights Institute and iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation´s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at Copenhagen University, will host a seminar on “Methods of Human Rights Law Research” from 26-27 May 2015 at the University of Iceland Human Rights Institute.
Venue: University Iceland Faculty of Law, in the Lögberg building, Sæmundargata 8, room 402.
• The deadline for applications is on Wednesday 1 April 2015. Please apply by e-mail to Sigrún Á Heygum Ólafsdóttir, project manager ( She will also answer any practical questions regarding the course.
• All other questions regarding the seminar can be directed to Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir, course organiser (
• Course Programme (pdf)
• Course Syllabus (pdf)
For more information, visit

file0001973458259On the Job! CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney
Source: Int Law Grrls 
The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.
Reporting to the Legal Director, the Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney investigates and litigates impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Job duties include non-litigation advocacy involving community outreach, coalition building, writing and publishing reports, planning and participating in public meetings, legislative research and lobbying, and media interviews.
Applicants for the Senior Staff Attorney and Staff Attorney positions should have a minimum of five years of experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle human rights impact litigation. Senior Staff Attorney applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of CJA’s mission, require little direct supervision, and may have supervisory responsibility and other significant Legal Department responsibilities in addition to handling an individual docket of cases and investigations.
Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish, excellent project management skills, and a keen interest in CJA’s mission.

Primary Responsibilities
Investigation responsibilities include:
• factual and legal research in the U.S. and abroad,
• developing contacts with survivor communities and human rights activists, and
• analyzing relevant political and legal issues in the home country to assess the viability and likely impact of potential cases.
Litigation responsibilities include:
• legal research, litigation strategy, drafting legal documents, calendaring, representing clients in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, and organizing amicus strategies;
• keeping adequate files and completing reports;
• keeping current with developments in the fields of ATS and TVPA law, international criminal and humanitarian law, and related legal issues;
• assisting in securing pro bono co-counsel and expert witnesses;
• keeping clients informed on case development, acting as liaison between clients and the legal team, and assuring that clients’ interests are safeguarded and their needs, including for therapy and social services, are met.
Transitional Justice responsibilities may include providing expertise on witness preparation and testimony, the introduction of evidence, charging human rights crimes and other areas related to human rights prosecutions.
Policy responsibilities may include legislative drafting and analysis, preparing advocacy materials, liaising with congressional and executive branch staff, and organizing grassroots campaign strategies.
Development, Education, and Outreach responsibilities include:
• drafting and reviewing grant proposals and reports, participating in fundraising events and meeting with donors;
• reviewing fundraising, outreach and website materials regarding assigned cases to ensure accuracy; and
• engaging in education and outreach efforts to advance public awareness of CJA and its mission.
• Education duties may also include selection and supervision of legal interns.
Professional Qualifications:
• J.D. or equivalent;
• Membership in good standing with at least one State Bar;
• Fluency in spoken and written Spanish, strongly preferred;
• Superb legal research, writing and analytical skills;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability and willingness to travel in the United States and internationally;
• Demonstrated commitment to human rights;
• Knowledge of U.S. and international human rights litigation;
• Experience working directly with clients and/or non-governmental organizations;
• A high level of independence, initiative, creativity, and good judgment.
Competitive salary and benefits based on experience. CJA is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from those who will enhance our staff diversity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.
Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

law-books-4Accepting new Doctoral Students: The Adjudication of Social Rights
Soucr: IntLaw Grrls 
The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich is now accepting applications for
Doctoral Students
in order to set up a research group in the field of Comparative Social Law
with focus on the ‘Adjudication of Social Rights’.
Candidates must be law graduates who have demonstrated academic excellence. The law degree of each candidate must comply with the doctoral admission requirements of the Law Faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU). Basic command of the German language is therefore required. Candidates should also express an explicit interest in social law. To conduct research in the area of comparative law, each candidate should possess a good command of the language(s) spoken in the country or countries upon which his or her research will focus.
We offer attractive working conditions in a modern, well-equipped institute with a global network. Our institute hosts the world’s largest social law library and is located in the immediate vicinity of LMU and the Bavarian State Library. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship or a contract to finance their doctoral research projects.
The positions are to be filled at the earliest possible date and for the duration of two years with the possibility of extending.
The Max Planck Society would like to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly invited to apply. Preference will also be given to severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications.
For further information please contact Mrs Britta Drentwett or Mrs Verena Lackinger (+49/89/38602-511, or:
Please submit your application (including curriculum vitae, copies of your qualifications and references), quoting reference number 01-15, to:, and a copy to:
The deadline for applications is 15th March 2015.

IMG_0736Call for Papers: International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
Call for Papers: International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes
University of Basel, Law Faculty, 4 September 2015
An upcoming event of the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law (Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler*innen, AjV) wants to shed light on selected problems connected with the interaction of domestic law-making and international law.
Please find the full CfP here or on The deadline for abstracts is the 27th March 2015.
This event of the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law (AjV) is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and the “Ressort Nachwuchsförderung” of the University of Basel and is directed mostly (but not exclusively) at postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.
Travel expenses will be covered to at least a certain extent and child care will be available. The event is organised by Evelyne Schmid and Tilmann Altwicker (both University of Basel).



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