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Headlines for the Week of March 10, 2008

March 14: Deadline for study abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad for the Fall 2008 semester, applications are due on Friday, March 14.  Applications are located outside of the OILP office. Please contact Hilary Waldron at if you have any questions about studying abroad.

March 13: The International Criminal Court: Pursuing Justice or Threatening Sovereignty?

Featuring: Melanie Partow, international human rights lawyer, with an introduction and discussion by Sita Balthazar ('99), International Justice & Accountability Consultant for Amnesty International  

When: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Lobby

Where: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Ogilvie Auditorium/Lobby

Melanie Partow practices international human rights and civil rights law in Los Angeles. She will discuss the International Criminal Court's organization, purpose, and jurisdiction; US Foreign Policy and political opposition to the Court; the jurisprudence of international tribunals and its use in the United States and in US courts; cases pending before the Court, and her experience in pursuing a career in international human rights. Ms. Partow lived in Geneva and reported for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on Corporate Codes of Conduct and Social Responsibility.  She also lived in the Hague and worked as a law clerk for Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at the International Criminal Court where she supported the work of the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor in its first major activities and focused, in particular, on financial issues in criminal investigations and the role of the private sector in international law. She went on to work as an Associate for Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, focusing on civil rights, international human rights, and Alien Tort Claims Act litigation.  Her work now focuses on ancillary theories of liability for multinational corporations under international law and in US courts. Her current academic interests include corporate liability in foreign direct investment and project finance, theories of individual and ancillary liability in international criminal law, and the use of foreign direct investment as a means to foster sustainable peace and development.  She received her BA in international studies and political science from the University of Oregon and her JD from Southwestern University School of Law. She is also a founding member of and speaker for the American Network of International Criminal Court Alumni (ANICCA).

Sita Balthazar serves as a consultant to the Amnesty International USA Program for International Justice and Accountability, and teaches "Law and Society" at Columbia College. She has helped draft decisions on sexual violence for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and has negotiated international treaties at the UN for Amnesty International USA. Sita recently spent two years teaching international law, gender research and conflict resolution at Al-Quds University in the Palestinian Territories. She is a 1999 graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law.
The event is sponsored by the following organizations at Chicago-Kent College of Law: Career Services Office, Global Law & Policy Initiative, International Law Society, U.N. Association of the United States of America, and the International Law Certificate Program; as well as the Program for International Justice & Accountability of Amnesty International USA.   

The program will be videotaped and available for viewing in the Career Services Office and on-line to Chicago-Kent College of Law students and alumni.

Nominate a Student for the Deak Writing Award

The International Law Students Association, in conjunction with ASIL, is currently soliciting nominations for the Deak Award for the 2006 and 2007 calendar years. The Deak Award is a prize provided by Oceana Publications for the best international-law student article in a student-edited law journal. The award honors Francis Deak, a WWII veteran who wrote extensively on international law. The award is the student equivalent of the prize for the best article in the American Journal of International Law.

Students, professors, practitioners or other persons in the legal community  may nominate students for the Deak Award. A student may even nominate his own article. Per award rules, the nominee must have been a student at the time the  article was written, and the article must have been published in a student-edited journal during the 2006 or 2007 calendar year.  All nominations satisfying these criterion will be considered by the awards committee, who will read each article and choose the winning submission. The winner of the 2006 and the 2007 awards will be announced at the 2008 ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in April.

All nominations ( include students name, school, graduation year, article, and article citation)  must be sent to Jill Schmieder Hereau at by March 15, 2008. Any questions about the award may also be directed to this address.

Wanted: Part-time student file clerk for OILP (sorry-- not for current LLM students)

The OILP needs a student file clerk (no current LL.M. students) for approximately 10 to 15 hours a week. Please contact Hilary Waldron at or 312-906-5237 if you are interested.

Important U.S. Income Tax Information for International Students

All international students who were present in the U.S. in Spring and/or Fall 2007, are required to file the U.S. income tax return for the year 2007. For those that worked on OR off-campus, you will be receiving W-2 forms from your employer in order to complete your 2007 tax return.

If you are on F-1 or J-1 and have been in the US for less than 5 years, then you are eligible to use CINTAX, a tax software to assist nonresidents in filing their tax forms.  This software is free of charge for current international students and their dependents. For more information on this service, please click here. After you submit your information, CINTAX will send you a password and more detailed information within the next 2 business days.

Please read through the tax information on our website to guide you based on the forms you may have received and what forms you need to file.  The tax software listed above only assists with filing your Federal tax forms, not your State forms.
If you are currently on H-1B or have been in the US for more than 5 years (and are F-1), then you will be filing as a resident and are therefore not eligible to use the above nonresident software.
Tax filing deadline is April 15, 2008.

“International” Clerkship Opportunity for JD students

From The American Lawyer: "For the hyperambitious, the only federal court clerkships worth striving for are in the chambers of elite judges, acting as way stations on the road to a clerkship on the U.S. Supreme Court. Some choose a different path to clerkship paradise, however, one that leads through courts in the South Pacific. These former U.N. trust territories have legal systems similar to those of the United States. And many invite American law graduates to spend a year or two working in their courts as clerks and counsel" For more information, please click here.

International Bar Association Conference Scholarship Opportunity

This year the Dispute Resolution Section will again award a scholarship to a young lawyer who wishes to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but is unable to do so owing to financial constraints. The scholarship award for 2008 includes the following:

  • Free registration for the IBA 2008 Annual Conference, 12-17 October 2008, Buenos Aires Argentina.
  • A contribution towards travel costs to the conference.
  • Cover of accommodation costs while attending the conference.
  • Two year's free IBA membership including membership of one LPD Committee and one PPID Constituent.
  • A waiver of either the next IBA Annual Conference registration fee or the registration fee of one of the chosen committees' specialist conferences in 2009.
  • Free membership of the Scholarship Alumni Group.

For further information and criteria for applying for the scholarship please download the Scholarship Application Form here

The deadline for submissions is Monday April 7.




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