Work On! ASIL/WLIG Mentoring Program 2016-2017

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) and its Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) are now launching the fourth year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program. Since 2013, over 364 women have enrolled in ASIL’s Mentoring Program as both mentors and mentees in 9 countries and 27 cities from Tucson to Singapore. The feedback has been extremely positive, and with the enthusiasm of our current participants, we have built a strong, inter-connected, and global network. We hope to reach more women for the 2016-17 program!

The Women in International Law Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in international law and is designed to foster the next generation of female international lawyers. The program connects experienced female international law professionals with female law students and new attorneys interested in professional development in the field of international law. Mentoring takes place locally, in a group setting, with a maximum of four mentees for every mentor. Mentors and mentees meet in person every other month during the course of an academic year to discuss topics and engage in activities designed to help junior women enter and be successful in the field of international law. Mentors will be provided with optional pre-planned meeting topics to structure meetings for their groups. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants receive a certificate of completion.

For a video explanation please view here.

And applications for the 2016-2017 program can be found here.

WILMP Announcement Flyer_Year 4_FINAL

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Go On! ASIL Women in International Law Networking breakfast July 31

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) of ASIL will be hosting the Annual Women in International Law Networking Breakfast  on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 8-10 am, at ASIL Headquarters, 2223 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008.

The event features accomplished professionals in various practices of international law, who will discuss their career paths and offer professional advice and insights for women interested in pursuing careers in international law. The panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A and networking opportunities among the panelists and participants.

SPEAKERS:

·        Elizabeth Andersen: Director, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association

·        Pamela Fierst: Senior Program Officer, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, U.S. Department of State

·        Sandra Hodgkinson: Vice President, Planning and Chief of Staff, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies

·        Marcia Wiss: Of Counsel, Project Finance & Business Transactions, Hogan Lovells LLP

 
 

Register here: http://www.asil.org/event/women-international-law-networking-breakfast.

Women In International Law to Honor ICJ Judges

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) of the American Society of International Law would like to announce the annual WILIG Luncheon. The WILIG will honor International Court of Justice Judges Julia Sebutinde, Joan Donoghue, and Hanquin Xue with the Prominent Woman in International Law Awards. Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be delivering the opening remarks. Please join the WILIG on Thursday, April 10, at 12:30. Professor Diane Marie Amann will be covering the WILIG Luncheon for ASIL Cables.
WILIG will also celebrate the success of the first year of the Women in International Law Mentoring Program, which matches women who are students or young professionals with experienced female international lawyers. Finally, WILIG looks forward to hosting its summer Career Panel, as well as occasional events on issues regarding women in international law. For more information, please contact the co-chairs of the Women in International Law Interest Group Christie Edwards (christie.edwards@redcross.org) and Clara Brillembourg (cbrillembourg@foleyhoag.com).

Panel: International Law-Making and the United Nations

For law faculty planning to attend the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in New York City in early January, here are details of the panel organized by the AALS Section on International Law:

International Law-Making and the United Nations
Friday, January 3
8:30 am – 10:15 am

This panel will explore contemporary developments, processes and controversies in international law-making by the United Nations. Speakers with experience in a range of U.N. bodies will share their observations, insights and analysis.

Speakers:

MahnoushArsanjaniMAHNOUSH ARSANJANI, who served in the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) for over three decades, most recently as Director of the Codification Division.  She also served as Secretary of the International Law Commission (ILC) and Secretary of the Committee of the Whole, Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court.

boon-kristenKRISTEN BOON, Professor of Law Seton Hall Law School.  Her scholarship has focused on the legal framework applicable to the law-making activities of IOs including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in transitional situations such as Kosovo and Iraq.  Past UN experience includes International Law Commission sessions (for Codification Division of OLA), Rome Conference on the International Criminal Court, UN Mission in Kosovo, UNHCR Secretariat in Geneva, UNHCR liaison office in New York.

Pablo Castillo DiazPABLO CASTILLO DÍAZ, specialist at UN Women on sexual violence in conflict and gender-based violence in emergencies; work focuses on women’s rights protection in conflict and post-conflict situations, with special attention to training for UN peacekeepers and support to documentation and investigations of crimes of sexual violence.  Sample publication in collaboration with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), developed  pursuant to UN Security Council request, here.

Kimberly ProstKIMBERLY PROST, U.N. Security Council Ombudsperson for the Al Qaida Sanctions Committee, and Head of Legal Advisory Section, Division for Treaty Affairs, UN Office on Drugs and Crime.  Previously a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Moderator:

Stephanie Farrior

STEPHANIE FARRIOR, Vermont Law School
Chair, AALS Section on International Law

ASIL’s Women in International Law Mentoring Program

This fall, the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) is launching a mentoring program, matching women who are students or new professionals with experienced female international lawyers. WILIG is co-chaired by Christie Edwards (an IntLawGrrls contributor) and Clara Brillembourg, and the mentoring program is managed by Heather Monasky, ASIL International Law Fellow. This mentoring program is the first of its kind in the international law arena and is designed to foster a new generation of female international lawyers.

I am writing to encourage participation in the mentorship program this year, which will run from Fall 2013 through Spring 2014. We need both mentors and mentees, but we are particularly looking for mentors, as the program can only exist in locations that have mentors. During this inaugural year, the program will take place in the United States, Canada, Geneva, and The Hague.

Mentors will be matched with no more than four mentees in the same geographical area, where they will meet seven times over the course of an academic year. Mentors will be provided with pre-planned meeting topics to structure four meetings for their groups. Upon finishing the requirements of the one-year program, all participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Please e-mail Heather Monasky at ilfellow1@asil.org for more information or to sign up.

Please help foster the next generation of female international lawyers!