Pleased to announce that the American Society of International Law is now welcoming applications for its 2012 Arthur C. Helton Fellowships.
Named after a prominent human rights lawyer who died, along with many others, in the 2003 bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, these “micro-grants,” as ASIL calls them, assist law students and young professionals pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.
As indicated in these profiles, Fellows have worked all over the world -- Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, the Czech Republic, India, Egypt, and Ecuador, to name a few countries. IntLawGrrls who have received the fellowship in the past include:
► Dr. Alice Edwards (right) (prior post), a 2008 Fellow who conducted field work in Liberia and Sierra Leone as part of a women-refugees project of the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham. Alice is now the Senior Legal Coordinator and Head, Protection Policy and Legal Advice Section, Division of International Protection, at UNHCR, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; and
► Christie Edwards (left) (prior posts here and here), a 2010 Fellow who worked with the Association Solidarité Féminine in Casablanca, Morocco. She's now Program Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa at a D.C.-based women's-rights-as-human-rights NGO, Vital Voices Global Partnership.
Details on the application process are here. the deadline is Monday, January 9, 2012, but applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as they can: in ASIL's words, "[d]ue to administrative constraints, only the first 50 completed applications, submitted on-line, and received in full by the submission deadline will be reviewed."
It's a great program -- to contribute to its funding, donate here -- and this 'Grrl looks forward to reading soon of next year's Helton Fellows.