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Headlines for the Week of September 29, 2008

October 2-4: ILSA Fall Conference "Understanding Genocide: Prevention, Prosecution and Progress," at Vermont Law School

The Keynote Speaker will be Juan Mendez, who recently served as the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and is currently the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.  The conference will have 10 other substantive panels including a networking event sponsored by the American Bar Association for students interested in careers in international law.

The registration form and conference schedule can be found online at http://sba.vermontlaw.edu/groups/ils/genocide/index.html.

For those planning on attending the conference, please book your hotel rooms now! Blocks of rooms are reserved but are filling up quickly. Hotel information can be found at http://sba.vermontlaw.edu/groups/ils/genocide/accommodations.html.

Any questions may be directed to Ashley Santner at asantner@vermontlaw.edu.

October 4: Human Rights event at DePaul University

In collaboration with Columbia College, Roosevelt University, University of Chicago, Harold Washington College, several Chicagoland nonprofits, and the city of Chicago, De Paul is hosting a one-day conference on October 4th 2008, inspired by the September 2008 United Nations NGO conference "Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" at UNESCO, Paris, and honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There will be workshops and panel discussions led by students and community organizations as well as keynote speakers to discuss and debate the role of civil society and community organizations in protecting and preserving universal human rights. Participants can register and get more information about this free conference at:  http://gichicago.org/humanrights/index.php

November 7: Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour speaking at Chicago Humanities Festival

The former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Honorable Louise Arbour, will deliver the Doris Conant Lecture on Women and Culture as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. The program is on Friday, November 7 at Northwestern University School of Law's Thorne Auditorium at 6:00 pm. You can read more about the program at http://www.chfestival.org/index.cfm?fa=fallfest.progdtl&pid=2781 and there are free tickets set aside for students – NOTE: Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday September 15, 2008.

The lecture will be followed by a separately ticketed panel event called Universal Human Rights, Right Here – you can get more information at

http://www.chfestival.org/index.cfm?fa=fallfest.progdtl&pid=2782

Concentration option for Special Program LL.M. students

Special program students who want to stay at the law school for a 3rd semester can defer graduation and enroll in the “Concentration in American Legal Studies Program.”  Any student currently studying at CK on an F or J visa is eligible to apply for this program, and former CK graduates are eligible to apply, however acceptance is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the Dean of Chicago-Kent. 

The program requires students to register for between 9 and 12 credit hours and a minimum of 9 credits is required. Students are required to submit a new Financial Affidavit, dated within the last 6 months, showing sufficient resources for 9 credits plus 5 months living expenses.

Concentration students are not be permitted to register as auditors, but must instead take the classes for either a graded credit or pass/fail. They must attend class, do all required work and sit for final exams.  The cost for all students will be 50% of the prevailing semester cost no matter how many credits are taken.  Students who are currently enrolled as LLM students at Chicago-Kent College of Law and who are extending their program to include the Concentration will be awarded their LLM degrees at the end of the Concentration term and will be eligible to walk in the May Commencement ceremony following the end of the Concentration term.  The Concentration program is a one semester program and cannot be extended.

Special program students who participate in the Concentration program and therefore graduate in May 2009 (instead of December 2008), will be eligible to work in the US under the terms of Optional Practical Training (“OPT”).

For more details on how to apply for the Cocentration program, please email Hilary Waldron at hwaldron@kentlaw.edu or see the Week 3 administrative memo.

Women’s rights fellowship opportunities at Georgetown Law for both international and domestic lawyers

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Program at Georgetown Law, is designed especially for African lawyers wishing to advance the cause of women’s rights in their home countries.  The LAWA Fellows earn a Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree focusing on international women’s human rights from the Georgetown University Law Center and complete a major graduate paper addressing a significant women’s rights issue in their country applying international human rights instruments and standards.  They then have the opportunity to work in challenging internship assignments for several months to gain practical, hands-on experience advocating for women’s rights with an organization in Washington, D.C.  Upon completion of the program, the LAWA Fellows return home to continue advancing women’s human rights in Africa.  

Applications are due Friday, September 26.  Please click here for the application.

The Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) at Georgetown Law, designed for American lawyers, is focused on working in Washington, D.C., with a variety of organizations involved in legal and policy issues affecting women.  The Fellows participate in educational programming such as professional development trainings and seminars on current women’s legal issues organized by WLPPFP, and they may also audit Georgetown University Law Center courses related to women’s issues.  

Applications are due Friday, October 31.  Please click here for the application.

IIT Thanksgiving Dinner Program


Thanksgiving is a unique American holiday. Many Americans open their homes to visitors and if you are interested in being invited to one of these holiday celebrations with an IIT alum, faculty, staff, or student visit http://www.iit.edu/~internat/ThanksGiving.php for more information.

English Conversation Program at IIT


What is the English Conversation Program?
            This is a cross cultural dialogue between international students and domestic native English speakers at IIT including American students, faculty, and staff.     The members of the English Conversation Program can attend informal meetings called “Talk Time” that will discuss diversity and cultural issues throughout the academic year. The goal of this program is to provide meaningful interaction between the US and international students.
            It is a great way to:

  • To learn first-hand about American life
  • To share your culture with an American
  • To improve your conversational English ability

“Talk Time” Fall 2008 semester
Come to join the casual meetings where you can discuss a variety of cultural issues with native English speakers to brush up your conversational language skills!
Socialize with other students, faculty and staff at IIT.
Bring your own lunch. Light snacks or drinks will be provided.
English Conversation Program: Talk Time(topic: Welcome to Chicago)
Date: September 10, 12:50 pm
Location: SH 118
English Conversation Program: Tea Exchange
Date: October 2, 12:50 pm
Location: HUB-Expo
English Conversation Program: Talk Time (topic: Religion)
Date: November 11, 12:50 pm
Location: TBA

* You must sign-up for the English Conversation Program to participate in these gatherings.
If you are interested in signing up, please go here: http://www.iit.edu/~internat/ecpp/ECPP_fillform_international.php

European Commission Launches New Guide to Studying in Europe

Study-in-europe.org is a new resource for students interested in studying at any one of the 4,000 higher education institutions in Europe. The website features comprehensive information on universities and available programs in 32 European countries, including Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, which are innovative cross-border graduate programs offered by consortiums of universities located in at least three different European countries. Study-in-Europe.org also offers an overview of the European higher education system, a guide to applying to European universities, and information about living in Europe.

Please visit us online: www.study-in-europe.org.

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