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Headlines for the Week of February 26, 2007

Interested in Peace?

Peace Negotiations Watch is a weekly publication detailing current events relating to conflict and peace processes in selected countries across the world. The next issue will be released Thursday, February 22, 2007. Peace Negotiations Watch can be found at Peace Negotiations Watch is prepared by the Public International Law & Policy Group, in cooperation with the School of International Service at American University, and is made possible by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ploughshares Fund.

ILSA Spring Conference in Washington DC: March 29-31

As in 2006, the Spring Conference will be held during the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition. The ILSA Conference will also occur at the same time and location as the 101st annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. More information about the ILSA Spring Conference will follow in the coming days, including registration information. Check for information.

Study Abroad Info Session, March 7, 3-5 pm, Room 590

Come hear about study abroad options from Dean Lazar and students who have done it. Wednesday, March 21 is the deadline to apply for most Chicago-Kent study abroad programs (Bucerius, Augsburg (summer), Oslo, Copenhagen, New Zealand, etc) so come to this timely meeting and hear all about the programs. We will have a special guest speaker from Pepperdine University school of Law in London who will talk about that program as well.

International Student Organization Seeks Volunteers

The Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is currently looking for volunteers to fill vital roles within the organization.  Current openings include: Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal on Human Rights Law, Director of Delegations, Webmaster, and Membership Coordinator.  Descriptions of these positions are posted on their website at under the Volunteer section.  If you would like to apply or are interested in other volunteer work within CASIN, contact the Staff Coordinator, Jamie Bay, at

Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law: Call for Papers

Council for American Students in International Negotiations, Inc.
Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, Volume 2

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law is a publication from the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, Inc. (CASIN) designed to address international human rights issues more broadly. The first volume of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law was ranked #8 among top international law reviews on ExpressO rankings. To access an online copy of the first volume, please visit the following webpage:

We are interested in submissions exploring political, philosophical, and legal questions related to international human rights, in an effort to create a more thoughtful polity better able to make informed choices about ethical foreign policymaking.

CASIN is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization providing young Americans unprecedented access to the international policymaking process by sending delegations to meetings of various United Nations bodies, the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international negotiations. CASIN (formerly the Independent Student Coalition for the International Criminal Court) takes a well-rounded approach to the study of international relations. The Office of Education Programs and Publications deliver scholastic research covering the International Criminal Court (ICC), human rights issues, children and women’s issues, health issues, disarmament and development issues, and nuclear non-proliferation issues.

We invite paper and book review submissions from students, young professionals, academics and journalists. All papers must meet the submission requirements below.

Contact Information:
Harry M. Rhea
(856) 220-8569

Submission Requirements:
1) Manuscripts must be submitted in English and sent directly by electronic mail in MSWord format along with a 150 word abstract.
2) Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged, and authors of papers selected for publication will be notified within eight weeks of receipt of the manuscript.
3) Deadline for manuscript submissions is May 31, 2007.

Format Requirements:
1) Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced throughout, including footnotes, tables and indented quotes.
2) Manuscripts should normally range from 20-25 pages, in length.
3) The journal adheres to the footnote style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

James Baker Hughes Prize $500

The Houston Journal of International Law invites submissions to compete for best unpublished student paper on international economic law. The deadline to submit your work is March 2, 2007 . For more information about submission guidelines, see Ms. Fife Osikanlu in Dean Lazar’s office.

Announcing the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

Application instructions and eligibility guidelines for the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program are now available on the web site of The American Society of International Law ( Established in honor of Arthur C. Helton's remarkable career advocating for refugees and his many contributions to international law, this program will assist students and young lawyers in need of modest sums (up to $1000) to pursue their first opportunities to engage in human rights work and research. The application deadline is February 26, 2007 and awards will be made by March 23, 2007.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships

The Rotary World Peace Fellowships train professionals in conflict resolution and mediation strategies to foster policies and create settings that ensure peace worldwide. The master's level degree program is aimed at mid-career professionals in government, nongovernmental organizations and private corporations. Program alumni have found high-ranking positions for organizations such as USAID, the United Nations, Interpol and the World Bank. Rotary, one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations has partnered with seven leading universities around the globe to develop the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary requests your help to seek out qualified candidates for our Rotary Centers. For more information, please visit:

All students are invited to join the Chicago Bar Association Chorus

Sing accessible music in a collegial setting with director Becky Patterson, a great person and a noted choral teacher.  All skill levels are welcome. After some warm-ups and vocal exercises, we sing.  About halfway through we break for refreshments, followed by more singing.  The first rehearsal was on January 17, but we continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  Rehearsals are from 6 - 8 p.m. at the CBA building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, in Corboy Hall on the second floor.  The Chorus’ next venture is Faure’s Requiem, to be performed with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at St. James Cathedral.  Come to our rehearsals and try us out.  We know you’ll be hooked after the first hour.  To get started, email or call one of the committee co-chairpersons with your contact information:  Jennifer Widmer at or (312) 759-2155, or Mark Burkland at or (312) 578-6557.

Study global trade this summer in Geneva, Switzerland

In 2007, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) will be offering its first Summer Program on WTO Studies. This will be a four week course, commencing with a one-week  introduction to the world trading system, followed by one week on trade and agriculture, followed by one week on trade in services, and concluded with one week on contingency protection (i.e. subsidies,  countervailing measures, antidumping and safeguards). For more information:  

Donate Your Used Legal Textbooks

The Circle of Legal Studies, Jatinangor City, Indonesia is seeking donations of law books. As the nation is in transition to democracy, the group would like to participate in promoting equality before the law in their country. The Circle for Legal Studies meets to discuss and explore various issues in Law; however, there is a shortage of Law books in Indonesia.

If interested or for further information, e-mail the Circle for Legal Studies Jatinangor at or write Cricle for Legal Studies, PMII Jalan Jatinangor, Warung Kalda, Jatinangor- Sumedang, Indonesia 45363.

Donated text books can be brought to the Office of International Law and Policy, Suite 320B. A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of shipping.

International Internship Program

The ABA Section of International Law offers an International Internship Website. Moeller & Co. is an Argentine law firm specialized and dedicated to provide legal advise for intellectual and industrial property matters throughout Latin America, which includes Mexico and Central America. Moeller & Co. would be delighted to have 2L and recent graduates from Chicago-Kent. This internship provides placements in law firms oversears for the summer. See the link for application information.



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