International Law Fellow
About ASIL: The
American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and
chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative
Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a
constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The
Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, D.C. The mission
of ASIL is to foster the study of international law and to promote the
establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of
law and justice.
Purpose: The International Law
Fellowship (ILF) Program is intended to provide young legal
professionals with the opportunity to gain additional skills in
international legal research, including program design, syllabi and
course development, and research and editorial support for ASIL's
publications; legal education program management, including CLE, public
awareness, and public policy activities; and event planning, including
speaker selection and coordination, outreach, and venue logistics. ILFs
will also gain insight into the operation of a major international
non-governmental organization, including elements of organizational
structure, administration, and management. ILFs will work with their
supervisory staff to identify and pursue areas of the ILF's professional
development that can be enhanced while working at Tillar House. ILFs
will have the opportunity to select and attend various
internationally-themed events in the active DC international community.
ILFs are eligible for a one-time, $2,500 relocation stipend, but the
position is unpaid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and
obtain alternative sources of funding.
Duration: ILF positions are open for six (6) month placements. ILFs start in January, April, July, or October.
ILFs work under the direct supervision of ASIL's Director of Education
and Research (DER) and are responsible for implementing a number of the
Society's research, education, and outreach programs. Specific
assignments will be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the
strengths of the ILF and the needs of the Society. Past ILF projects
have included development and implementation of continuing legal
education programs; support for ASIL's judicial outreach program;
developing new website resources to support ASIL Academic Partners; and
general research and editorial support for ASIL publications, including ASIL Insights, International Law in Brief, the American Journal of International Law, International Legal Materials, ASIL Studies in Transnational Legal Policy, and the ASIL Discussion Paper series.
Successful applicants will have obtained a graduate degree in law (J.D.
or LL.M.) prior to the start of the fellowship, evidence strong writing
and editorial skills, show experience working in a professional
environment and on program implementation, and have a demonstrated
interest in international law. Experience working on a journal and
coursework or work experience in international law is strongly
preferred. ILF positions require the ability, initiative, and judgment
to work independently and to successfully implement projects from
beginning to end.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample
(excerpt not to exceed 10 pages), and two (2) letters of recommendation
(scanned copies of signed letters) to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Law Fellow" in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants should be sure to include their desired start date and current location in their application materials.