Halloween and children, revisited

It’s Halloween, a day when costumes conjure playfulness among children and adults alike. To celebrate, I’m reprinting below my post from October 31, 2010, available in the IntLawGrrls archives here. The donation link at bottom still works, so consider a contribution on behalf of the world’s children.

Often completing this ‘Grrl’s Halloween costume was the tote at left.
Many a year we Midwestern children would knock on doors to “Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” seeking donations to help the United Nations help children in need. For many of us, it was an early raising of awareness — an early invitation to consider how we might respond in our own small ways to the plight of others throughout the world.
Of great interest, therefore, was the news that the woman who founded the campaign has died at age 93, just a few days short of the 60th anniversary of her achievement.
As detailed in The New York Times‘ obituary, the idea came to Mary Emma Allison, a schoolteacher long concerned about social justice, while shopping in 1949 in Philadelphia. (credit for photo of Allison and her costume-clad children) Soon she and her husband had created a global movement, called “Pennies for UNICEF” in those days of less deflated economy. Enlisted in the effort have been cultural icons ranging from Casper, the Friendly Ghost (below), to Superman, the Man of Steel. Since its founding the campaign has raised more than $160 million.
No need for a collection box to contribute in Allison’s honor; anyone can click here to donate to UNICEF this Halloween.

Go On! IJRC/ASIL Host International Law Happy Hour, Nov. 5, San Francisco

The New Professionals Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, the International Justice Resource Center, and the Public International Law Committee of the International Law Section of The State Bar of California are hosting a happy hour for current practitioners in international law and students and new professionals interested in entering this field.  Join us on Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 pm at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, California for an opportunity to meet other international law professionals in the Bay Area, grow your professional network, or explore how you can prepare for a career in international law.  More details and registration is available here: http://www.asil.org/event/international-law-professionals%E2%80%99-happy-hour

Go On! TOMORROW: Implications of Vichy and Third Reich legal discourse for contemporary law (Cardozo Law, 6 pm)

Tomorrow, October 30th, the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (HGHR) Program at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law presents a discussion “On the Implications for Contemporary Law and Legal Scholarship of Vichy and Third Reich Judicial Discourse.” The event will begin at 6 pm at 55 Fifth Avenue. There will be a reception following the event.

The discussion will involve close readings of what passed for legal discourse in Vichy France and Nazi Germany, appraising its significance for today’s legal scholarship, judges, and interpretive theory. Among specific developments to be discussed are a German court’s recent description of circumcision in Jewish ritual as causing “severe physical injury,” the relationship of law and morals generally, and the implications of Vichy’s legal and academic discourse for the incipient renewal of anti-semitism in France.

The speakers are Prof. Otto Pfersmann, Prof. of Law, Paris-1, Pantheon, Sorbonne, and Prof. Richard Weisberg, Floersheimer Prof. of Constitutional Law and Founding Director, Cardozo Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program.

Please RSVP to cardozophhr@gmail.com.

On the Job! UNHCR Gender Equity and Diversity Consultant (deadline 7 November)

The United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is hiring a Gender Equity and Diversity Consultant. Details follow:

The Division of Human Resources Management (DHRM) at the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is committed to systematic examination and assessment of the effectiveness of UNHCR human resources policies. UNHCR has adopted a two-pronged approach to gender equality: mainstreaming gender and promoting targeted actions to address gender and diversity issues. Recognizing that our operational effectiveness is highly dependent on our staff, it is crucial that our staff reflect both gender and diversity in order to best respond to our persons of concern. Therefore, ensuring that human resources policies take into account gender equity, are family friendly and cognizant of LGBTI, are major priorities for DHRM. Following the launch of the Policy on Achieving Gender Equity in UNHCR Staffing on 7 March 2007 and with the goal of achieving a 50/50 gender distribution in UNHCR in all positions in the Professional category and above, work is still needed to implement relevant aspects of the policy in an effective manner. The policy should therefore be comprehensively reviewed, in order to introduce necessary actions to address gender equity, including among national staff. A dedicated person with significant experience in gender and diversity in a HR context is needed to drive the process and ensure the involvement of relevant stakeholders and continuous commitment from senior management.

Title: Consultant (Gender Equity and Diversity)

Supervision: Director of the Division of Human Resources Department (DHRM), with the support of the Division of International Protection (DIP)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Key stakeholder interviews will be carried out on-site

Duration of the assignment: 6 months full time, starting as soon as possible

Tasks and responsibilities:

The consultant will draft a comprehensive strategy and framework to address gender and diversity in staffing in UNHCR. Tasks will include:

- Comprehensively review the implementation of the 2007 Gender Equity Policy which aims for UNHCR to achieve a 50/50 gender balance at all levels in the International Professional category, and recommend actions to achieve continuous progress on gender equity and greater diversity among all categories of staff

- Conduct an evaluation of other relevant UNHCR human resources policies (including policies and practices regarding appointments and assignments, staff welfare, training, accommodation, security, etc.) related to gender and diversity to identify good practices, gaps and inconsistencies, through global consultation with relevant UNHCR staff and offices

- Review the effectiveness of the spouse employment policy, in light of Article 101 of the UN Charter, and recommend actions for improved implementation

- Benchmark UNHCR policies and practices to achieve gender equity and diversity in staffing against those of other UN agencies and INGOs with deep field presence

- Review policies and practices on LGTBI and recommend improvements

- Recommend specific actions for the integration of gender and diversity into all relevant DHRM policies

- Develop a communications strategy on the Policy to achieve gender equity and diversity in UNHCR

- Recommend accountability mechanisms and incentives to encourage senior management’s commitment and action to achieve the gender and diversity targets

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On the Job! Campaign Manager, Child Soldiers International (deadline 16 November)

Child Soldiers International is recruiting a Campaign Manager for a part-time fixed-term contract, 5 January 2015 – 4 January 2016. 

About the role: This is a maternity leave cover position, to continue work on Child Soldiers International’s established campaign to raise the enlistment age for the UK armed forces to 18 years old. For the period of cover the role will focus on building networks of support and action, alongside specific advocacy tasks at discrete points.

Salary: From £39,768 – £43,052 per annum full time equivalent, depending on experience, adjusted on a pro rata basis for 2 days per week to £15,907 – £17,220.

Working schedule: 2 days per week. Flexible working hours are available.

Location: The post is based at Child Soldiers International’s office in London Bridge.

Essential requirements: Fluency in English and the right to work in the UK. (Please do not apply if you do not meet these requirements.)

Core responsibilities:

  • Expand the network of organisations (including young people’s organisations, students, children’s organisations, trade unions, faith groups, human rights organisations, veterans groups, political groups, etc) and influential individuals supporting the campaign, whilst maintaining existing relationships.
  • Devise effective and engaging campaigning actions for supporters (individuals and organisations) to undertake, and ensure these are effectively implemented.
  • Maintain and work with media contacts to ensure continued coverage of the issue as broadly as possible, including preparing press releases and providing broadcast interviews as necessary.
  • Maintain contacts with supporters in parliament, identify and take up advocacy opportunities, including the preparation of documents and delivery of presentations.
  • Monitor relevant developments within the MoD and parliament, including in relation to both defence and education.
  • Draft, submit and follow up on a shadow report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the UK’s implementation of its OPAC obligations.
  • Work with the Fundraiser to support donor reporting requirements.
  • Perform all necessary administrative tasks to ensure effective self-servicing and support the organisational development of Child Soldiers International.

Person specification:

  • Experience of network building and outreach (essential)
  • Experience of devising and implementing effective public campaign actions (essential)
  • Experience of working with the media (essential)
  • Good contacts within relevant UK NGO communities (e.g. youth organisations, military organisations, etc)
  • Excellent written language skills (essential)
  • Experience of working within a Human Rights framework (desirable)
  • Experience of working within UK parliamentary system (desirable)
  • Knowledge of UK military issues, particularly recruitment of minors (desirable)
  • Knowledge of UK education and/or social policy for 16 – 18 age group (desirable)
  • Knowledge of UK political system (desirable)
  • To apply: Please e-mail a covering letter, outlining your experience and capacity to do this job, details of two referees, and CV to info@child-soldiers.org. (Please state in your covering letter how you meet the essential requirement of the right to work in the UK.)

Closing date: close of Sunday 16 November 2014

Interviews and written test: week commencing 1 December 2014

Go On! IHL Student Workshop at Berkeley Law (deadline 31 October)

The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are sponsoring the 2015 International Humanitarian Law Student Workshop from January 7-9, 2015, at Berkeley Law, University of California. The application period ends this Friday, October 31.

This intensive three-day workshop combines lectures and hands-on exercises that guide law students through international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop will be led by lawyers from the ICRC and from the U.S. Army JAG School, as well as by law professors who specialize in IHL.  Much of the work is done in small groups with the faculty, and there is ample time built into the schedule for networking.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
  • When Does IHL Apply?
  • Human Rights and IHL
  • Protected Persons
  • Internment/Detention
  • Armed Conflicts of a Non-International Character
  • The IHL/Terrorism Interface
  • Implementation and Enforcement of IHL

The IHL Workshop will be will be held from January 7-9, 2015 at Boalt Hall School of Law on the UC Berkeley campus. Sessions will run from 9 am-5 pm. In addition, there is self-funded drinks and/or dinner with the faculty on Thursday, January 8.  The fee for the workshop is $60. This includes course materials and breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments during the workshop.  Students will need to fund their own travel, lodging, and dinners. Registration is limited and competitive, and open only to students currently attending a U.S. law school. Students are encouraged to apply early, as the workshop does fill up. A maximum of 40 students may attend. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the ICRC.

The application period is October 15-31 2014.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Thanksgiving (November 27) at the latest. For more information:  www.law.berkeley.edu/17654.htm

Write On! Call for Papers: Fifty Years of International Law Scholarship, TILJ

The Texas International Law Journal (TILJ) will be celebrating its 50th year in 2015. As a part of this celebration, the Journal will be publishing a special 50th Anniversary Issue. The Journal is seeking submissions for this volume:

This special issue will bridge the Journal’s storied history with its bright future. In addition to republishing a few seminal articles from its past, the Journal is seeking authors who are leaders in their respective fields of international law to comment on the most significant developments in international law over the past fifty years while also offering their perspective about the most significant developments or issues arising in the near future.

All submissions must be original, unpublished works. TILJ accepts submissions electronically via ExpressO and by e-mail at submissions@tilj.org. A more detailed call for papers is available here: Revised Special 50th Anniversary Call for Papers v.3 (pdf).


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