Opportunities for Students
The Miller Institute and Berkeley Law offers many opportunities for students interested in international law, including:
▪ American Society of International Law (ASIL) membership discount -- As an Academic Partner with ASIL, all Berkeley Law students, staff, and faculty are eligible for a 50% discount on individual memberships. For enrollment instructions, click here.
Berkeley Law students are also eligible for complimentary registration to ASIL’s Midyear Meeting and Research Forum, November 6-8, 2014, in Chicago. To register, click here and use the promotional code APSTUDENT2014.
▪ Board of Advocates (for Berkeley Law's internal and external skills competitions)
IFRC First Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest
Deadline: January 30, 2015
The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) has launched its First Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest. The contest is co-sponsored by the IFRC, the American Society of International Law and the "International Disaster Law Project" of the Universities of Bologna, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Roma Tre and Uninettuno (also associated with the Italian Red Cross), with support from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. The contest seeks entries from graduate or undergraduate students (regardless of major/concentration) with a deadline of January 30, 2015.
Among the top prizes are sponsored participation in the week-long annual "International Disaster Law Course" in Sanremo and a year membership in ASIL and waiver of fees for attendance of the 2015 Annual meeting on April. Note that all submissions must be in English and must address international or comparative legal issues for disasters linked to natural hazards.
Submissions may range from 5,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes.
Essays should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org as Microsoft Word attachments. In the subject line, please state "Submission: International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest." Questions may be directed to the same email address.
The full contest rules, prizes to be awarded, as well as a sample list of topics, are available here.
Certificate of Specialization in International Law
Deadline: April 10, 2015
Berkeley Law students may undertake a specialization in international law. The specialized curricular program ensures students develop a broad background in fundamental areas of law while receiving advanced training in international law. Students who meet the requirements are awarded a Certificate of Specialization in International Law.
Graduating students who wish to earn the certificate must complete certain requirements, including taking courses in International and Comparative Law, as well as writing a substantial paper on international law.
For more information, see the Certificate website.
Call for Papers: General Issues in International and European Law
Deadline: April 30, 2015
The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers to be published in its 81st edition on "General Issues" within International and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and European law; topics may include, but are not limited to, International and European Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Law, Transnational Justice, Family Law, Health and Medical Law, Children’s Rights, Commercial Law, Media Law, Law of Democracy, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation, Comparative Law, Competition Law, Employment Law, Law of the Sea, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples, Land and Resources Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution or any other relevant topic.
Authors are invited to address questions and issues arising from the specific area of law relating to their topic. All types of manuscripts, from socio-legal to legal technical to comparative, will be considered for publication.
The Board of Editors will select articles based on quality of research and writing, diversity and relevance of topic. The novelty of the academic contribution is also an essential requirement. Prospective articles should be submitted online via the Utrecht Journal website and should conform to the journal style guide (see here for full details). Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information please consult our website or email us at email@example.com.
Utrecht Journal is the student-led, peer-reviewed biannual law journal of Urios, the Utrecht Association for International and European Law. The Journal was originally founded in 1981 as Merkourios. Since 1981, Utrecht Journal has expanded its readership and is now distributed all over the world through databases such as HeinOnline and the Directory of Open Access Journals.
Research Assistant Job Available
Posted December 2014
Attorney Jennifer Easterday (Boalt '08) is looking for a research assistant.
About me: I am an attorney specializing in international criminal law and post-conflict peacebuilding. I am currently a PhD Researcher for the ‘Jus Post Bellum’ project at Leiden University. I am also a Trial Monitor and Consultant for Open Society Justice Initiative, and previously worked for several international NGOs working on issues of international justice and human rights. I received my Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law ('08) and am a member of the California State Bar. I focused my time at Berkeley learning about international law, human rights, and transitional justice. I was the co-Editor-in-Chief of BJIL and worked with the Human Right Law Clinic and CARC.
About the project: Since leaving Boalt Hall, I have taken every chance to provide Boalt students with opportunities to experience the practice of international law first hand through internships and research opportunities. Working with me on this project will introduce the RA to the academic debate about the legal framework that applies during the transition from conflict to peace. The project explores a new and developing area of international law, and involves researching both theory and practice. The dissertation focuses on issues as broad as rule of law development, natural resource management and sustainable development, human rights, peace agreements, and the return and restitution of property for displaced persons. It focuses on Colombia, Sierra Leone, and Kosovo as relevant case studies. The RA will gain insight into these areas and help develop scholarship in an under-explored area. S/he will also gain valuable experience in research and editing, useful for her/his own research and future career in law.
About the position: The position will require approximately 10-15 hours of work per week for 12-14 weeks (approximately from January-May). The work will be very flexible and conducted by email and Skype. We can establish a schedule that accommodates exams and other obligations. I t will involve research, substantive editing, and cite checking for a dissertation of approximately 120,000 words. In principle the work would be done on a pro bono basis, although I would be more than happy to facilitate university credit for the work assuming that Berkeley Law would agree to such an arrangement. There is a possibility, although unlikely, for modest remuneration.
About you: The ideal RA will have a passion for learning about international law and experience with research and editing, either through previous RA experience or through work on a legal journal. Attention to detail is a must. A background in peace/conflict studies would be an asset.
Please send: Any questions, or your CV and unofficial Boalt transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rule of Law/Proposal Development Internship, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Tetra Tech DPK (Tt DPK) provides technical, management, and advisory services to help developing and transitioning societies navigate the challenges they face. They work around the world with donors such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the World Bank to help establish and strengthen productive relationships between state and society and develop sustainable government and justice systems that are responsible, transparent, accountable, fair, and efficient.
Tt DPK seeks two Rule of Law/Proposal Development Interns to start in the Fall semester (September-December 2014) and continue through the Spring (January-May 2015) to assist the Business/Proposal Development/Recruitment team. Candidates should be interested in learning more about international development, proposal development for donor-funded projects, and technical methodologies utilized in rule of law, access to justice, crime and violence prevention, governmental integrity, and anti-corruption projects around the world. Solid writing, research, and computer skills are essential. The internship is paid.
For more information, see the Tt DPK internship page.
Contribute to Berkeley Journal of International Law's New Blog: Travaux
Travaux is the blog established by the Berkeley Journal of International Law to provide an open environment where students, practitioners, and experts can discuss and debate contemporary international legal issues in real time. They currently have teams dedicated to covering topics such as human rights, international finance, international organizations, and the United States’ relationship to international law, and they are looking for new contributors.
If you think your work would offer a fresh perspective, such as what you have done in humanitarian law, national security, immigration law, and your work with the UN, consider submitting a blog post to Travaux.
For more information, visit Trauvaux's submissions page.