Not-marchers on the march

nobloodforoilSo, I don’t march.

I stayed home when millions protested the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Stayed home for “No Blood for Oil” too (though I did have the T-shirt, at left). Avoided the streets of my Paris sabbatical home on May Day 2002, when half a million marched to the chants of “Là-Bas Le Pen.”

Pretty much avoided all public demonstrations since childhood, never having really seen the point of taking to the streets instead of concrete action – that is, instead of litigating/teaching/reasoning/writing/policymaking toward lasting solutions.

So why march today?

► Because the promise of the election of Barack Obama – hands down, the best President of my lifetime – so soon was dashed by never-believed yet oft-repeated undercuttings of his citizenship. The spurious claims and the events that ensued sunk the hope that had lifted many of us in 2007 and 2008. Fell particularly hard on those of us who are immigrants, or who count immigrants among our loved ones.

aliceroom3Because in the last years we’ve been forced to swallow bile: cruel falsehoods about the 1st woman to be nominated by a major U.S. political party; harsh slaps against everyone who has endured sexual assault; soulless insults about every disadvantaged group imaginable.

► Because Looking-Glass intrigue belongs to the fantasy world of Lewis Carroll, not to the real world in which we all must live.

Because aspirations to human dignity, equality, liberty, and justice, without borders, will not withstand anti-“globalist” attack unless those of us who hold these values dear come to their defense.

Because if we fail to object, we fail our children.

To quote other ‘Grrls:

“It seems like a day when numbers matter.”

“I couldn’t not go.”

And so even we not-marchers march, in D.C., in Philadelphia, and, at last count, in nearly 700 other places around the world.

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Georgia Law’s International Law Colloquium returns for 2017

intl_law_colloquiumThe International Law Colloquium, a time-honored tradition here at the University of Georgia School of Law, returns this spring with another great lineup of global legal experts.

Led by my international law colleague and our newest holder of an international law professorship, Harlan G. Cohen (prior posts), this 3-credit course consists of presentations of substantial works-in-progress on a variety of international law topics by prominent scholars from other law schools. Since the series began in 2006, students have read and written reaction papers on the manuscripts of these scholars – including many IntLawGrrls – and then discussed the papers with the authors in class. Other Georgia Law and university faculty often have joined in these dialogues. I look forward to doing so this semester.

We at the Dean Rusk International Law Center are pleased to support this colloquium, thanks to the work of IntLawGrrl Kathleen A. Doty and Britney Hardweare, respectively, our Center’s Director of and Administrative Assistant for Global Practice Preparation.

Presenting at the Spring 2017 Colloquium are:

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◄ January 20: Duncan B. Hollis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Philadelphia’s Temple University Beasley School of Law, Constructing Norms for Global Cybersecurity.

kingsbury► January 27: Benedict Kingsbury, Murry & Ida Becker Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, Contested Megaregulation: Global Economic Ordering After TPP.

todres◄ February 3: Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Human Rights Education: Traversing Legal and Geographical Boundaries.

jain► February 10: Neha Jain, Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, and an IntLawGrrls contributor, Radical Dissents at International Criminal Courts.

puig◄ February 24: Sergio Puig, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Economic Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Blinding International Justice.

donde► March 15: Professor Javier Dondé Matute (LLM 1998) of the National Institute of Criminal Sciences, Mexico City, Mexico, a Spring 2017 Georgia Law Visiting Scholar, Criminal Responsibility as a Founding Principle of International Criminal Law.

durkee◄ March 24: Melissa J. Durkee, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, The Global Norms Market.

achiume► March 31: Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, International Law and Xenophobic Anxiety.

(Cross-posted from Exchange of Notes)

Application for Senior Legal Officer ICL at Nuremberg Academy

The Academy is now seeking to recruit a Senior Legal Officer ICL. The successful candidate will have a strong track-record in the ICL community – in a governmental organization, a research institution, a public or private foundation, academia, an international organization or civil society.
The ideal candidate will have proven experience in conceptualizing, developing and implementing ICL related programs for capacity building, applied research and practitioners and will be responsible for the identification of critical areas of concern in the field of ICL within the framework of the overall strategy of the Academy. He/she will be the focal point for external ICL experts and consultants and will broaden and maintain the Academy’s network in this field.

The Academy promotes equality of opportunity. We offer an indefinite appointment at level E 13 (initial gross annual salary between app. 45,000 € and app. 52,600 € depending on relevant previous experience) of the Collective Agreement applicable to the German Public Service (TVöD Bund), 30 days of paid leave, coverage of relocation costs and other benefits. The contract will include 6 month probationary period.

Applicants who are not in possession of a PhD may be given an opportunity to write a dissertation to obtain a doctoral degree (Doctor juris) at the Law Faculty of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, if they meet the eligibility requirements of the University for its doctorate program.

Please apply incl. motivation letter, CV and three references to admin@nurembergacademy.org before 16 December 2016. For further information please visit the academy or contact or contact admin@nurembergacademy.org.

Work On! Director of Programs (TCC / NGO), Human Rights Program, The Carter Center

Job Description

Summary: 
The Director is responsible for designing and implementing activities related to the human rights portfolio, through high-level contacts with representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations and international organizations, including the United Nations. The Director, in collaboration with the Senior Policy Advisor on Human Rights and Special Representative on Women and Girls (SPA/SR) and other responsible Carter Center staff, will be relied upon for in-depth analysis of international issues that impact on international and national human rights protection systems in order to guide the Center’s strategic direction and corresponding programs on human rights issues, including issues related to women and gender. The Director, Human Rights reports to the Vice President, Peace Programs.

The position will be responsible to strengthen, in consultation with other experts in the international human rights field and in collaboration with peace and health practitioners, the Center’s policy and agenda for the advancement and protection of human rights activities. The Director must maintain a contemporary understanding of the most pressing issues and be able to mobilize actions that are appropriate for immediate, medium, and long-term strategies. Additionally, drawing on the advice of the SPA/SR, the Director will be expected to reinforce the Center’s engagement on women’s rights issues.

The Director has the responsibility for managing the day-to-day staffing, operations, budgets, planning group meetings, annual conferences and related travel and activities associated with the Human Rights Program. Tasks include project development, implementation and management, proposal development, budget planning and tracking, project promotion, report production, and networking. The Director will liaise and collaborate closely with the SPA/SR as well as with the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor. The Director will supervise program staff, interns, and volunteers as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: The Director must be well accomplished in the field of international human rights.  Juris Doctor or Master’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of ten years of program related experience in the field of international human rights are required.  The individual must have well-established relationships with high-level representatives of the U.S. and foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, especially the United Nations, and international and local human rights defender non-governmental organizations. Proven strong leadership and management skills, including solid program design and strategy development experience, supervision of staff, budget management, as well as solid understanding of program resource needs for effective monitoring and evaluation is essential. S/He must demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, and familiarity with new communication technologies and social media. Fluency in English and one other U.N. language, preferably French as well as extensive international Human Rights experience in one or more developing countries is preferred. 

Interested? Apply here:  https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25066&siteid=5043

Work On! Volunteers Needed for Refugee Education Chios for Nov., Dec., and Jan. 2017

Refugee Education Chios the sole provider of a holistic non-formal education programme and their role on the Island of Chios is as important as ever. They have now completed their fifth successful month running their school and youth centre for the refugee children on Chios Island (Greece).

There are around 200 children aged between 6 and 18 years old
attending the school every week and 100 youth aged between 12 and 20 years
old attending the youth centre. The team is made up of a teachers, musicians, artists, nurses and social workers etc. They promote diversity within the volunteer group, and are
not necessarily look for individuals with a traditional teaching
background.

They are looking for volunteers to join for a minimum two weeks but the
longer the better. Accommodation and mobility on the Island is covered by
the progamme.

If you have the passion and enthusiasm to join them on their journey then
please email your CV and brief note to beavolunteer@baas-schweiz.ch

Read more about us in the articles below:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-school-chios-greece
-lessons-in-life-for-the-migrant-children-a7229916.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/07/refugee-school-respite
-children-greek-camps-160706184135733.html#

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-greece-school-idUSKCN11K
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Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/refugeeeducationchios/

 

Work On! Assistant/Associate Professor in Public International Law – Fletcher School, Tufts University

Apply to join the Fletcher School at Tufts University!

They are looking to create a diverse candidate pool for a faculty search for an Assistant/Associate Professor in Public International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Please see the links below to apply, and information on the school located in Medford, Massachusetts, USA.

Information on Tufts Application     …..      Information on Tufts Application

Announcement

Job Posting

The University of Baltimore is advertising a position in its School of Public and International Affairs for a tenure track assistant professor.

Candidates for this position must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in the Conflict Management field, broadly construed to include conflict analysis and resolution, conflict management, conflict transformation, peace and conflict studies, peacekeeping operations, peace education, or a similar course of study. Applicants with degrees in related fields of study appropriate to the Conflict Management discipline (e.g. political science, international relations, public administration, public policy, and allied social science disciplines) with expertise in the above-mentioned areas are also encouraged to apply. Diverse methodological and regional areas of expertise, both domestic and international, will be considered. Candidates should have a record of scholarly activities appropriate to the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and demonstrate the potential for quality university instruction and service to the profession and the university.  Candidates who are A.B.D. will be considered pending successful completion of their dissertation defense by August 15, 2017.

The successful candidate will be joining the well-established graduate program in Negotiations and Conflict Management (CNCM), an applied, cross-disciplinary Masters of Science program in the School of Public and International Affairs. The CNCM program is designed to expose students to conflict management in a variety of settings from the interpersonal to the international. The program’s 42-credit curriculum is delivered through a series of applied courses that enable students to examine the link between conflict management theory and practice and prepares them for post-graduate success in a variety of settings in which conflict management skills are necessary.

More information on this position, can be found here.

Announcements

New Grants Available

Two EU grants advertised for work relating to children’s rights, specifically focusing on children’s rights in the context of migration/asylum and children-centred approaches to child victims of violence. Please forward on to European colleagues you think might be interested. For a link to the grants, click here.

Jobs

Manager, Ferencz International Justice Initiative

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for a dedicated and passionate individual to join the Museum’s team and help support our mission. The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide works to ensure that the United States government, governments around the world, and multilateral organizations institutionalize structures, tools, and policies to effectively prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities.

The Simon-Skjodt Center is seeking a Manager, Ferencz International Justice Initiative whom will work under the supervision of the Simon-Skjodt Center’s Deputy Director and work with the Ferencz International Justice Initiative Senior Consultant on a day-to-day basis in developing and implementing the Initiative’s objectives. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership in planning and implementing the work of the newly established Benjamin Ferencz International Justice Initiative. This initiative was established by a gift from Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg Tribunal, to strengthen the rule of law and the legal architecture for atrocity prevention and response; promote justice and accountability for atrocities committed in countries of concern; and establish a significant new locus for policy and research on the use of international justice mechanisms to deter, prevent, and respond to mass atrocities.

This is a full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s donated funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Work On! Opening for a Foreign Affairs Officer for the Office of Global Women’s Issues

The State Department has listed a GS-15 opening for a Foreign Affairs Officer, for the Office of Global Women’s Issues. Apply via USAJOBS.gov; applications close September 13 at midnight.  This is a GS-15 which typically requires 5-10 years work experience and has a commensurate level of responsibility.

They are looking for someone with a bachelor’s or graduate degree in international law, international relations, political science or social sciences or humanities.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/449746300

  • Develops policy and programming initiatives in consultation with other Department offices, government agencies, and nongovernmental stakeholders. Develops and leads initiatives to ensure that gender issues are integrated into US foreign policy. Promotes bilateral and multilateral engagement opportunities to advance global women’s objectives.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with a wide array of counterparts across the interagency, with international governmental and non-governmental organizations, and bilaterally with relevant countries as well as with the private sector, U.S. international civil society groups, think tanks, and U.S. embassies and consulates to proactively and consistently raise and advance the objectives of the office and the Department regarding women and girls.
  • Provides expert policy analysis, development and coordination of women’s and girl’s issues covering North Africa / Egypt, countering violent extremism, and religious leader engagement, and oversees work of staff covering South Asia, economic empowerment, and social inclusion.
  • Monitors political, economic, social, and other significant developments and trends in order to gauge the effectiveness of, and facilitate efforts to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives.
  • Provides expert analysis and policy advice on women and Islam in regard to legal, social, and political dimensions and the practical implications for women and girls in Muslim-majority countries related to advancing the status of women and girls globally.

IN ADDITION to the basic requirements, this position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience making recommendations on how to advance the priorities in the North Africa and South Asian regions related to gender equality, gender-based violence, promoting women’s economic participation, and expanding women’s role in negotiations and peacebuilding activities.
  • Experience providing expert policy analysis, development and coordination of women’s and girls’ issues covering North Africa/Egypt, countering violent extremism, and religious leader engagement, and oversees work of staff covering South Asia, economic empowerment, and social inclusion.
  • Experience providing expert analysis and policy advice on women and Islam in regard to legal, social, and political dimensions and the practical implications for women and girls in Muslim-majority countries.

Good luck!