Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Position: Env. Law Clinic Fellow, Univ. of Chicago Law School (Deadline: March 31, 2014)

Via a listserv I am on.  There is a weblink for the on-line application.

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All -- The University of Chicago Law School’s Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, which I direct, is looking to hire a lawyer with two to four years of experience as a fellow.  In the past two years, the clinic has had projects involving coal mining, frac sand mining, the public trust, and TMDLs, among others.  With the addition of the fellow, the clinic plans to expand its efforts on energy and climate change issues, as well as to support more academic programming on environmental issues at the school.  I appreciate you sharing the posting below with your network, and I’m happy to respond off-list to any questions you may have.  Best, Mark Templeton

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic Fellow

The University of Chicago Law School is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position training and supervising law students as a Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer, in the Law School's Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. The appointment is for one year; re-appointment for a second term may be possible. The position is for the 2014-15 academic year and will start on July 1August 1 or September 1, 2014, based upon mutual agreement of the Law School and the successful applicant.

The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems at the local, regional and national levels. Representing environmental organizations, the clinic sues those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds governmental agencies accountable, and promotes innovative approaches for improving the environment. While any given matter may require the use of one or more approaches, the clinic generally deploys adversarial approaches to help achieve its clients’ objectives. In addition, the clinic’s faculty are some of the primary resources for law student organizations and law students interested in environmental and energy issues, and clinic faculty have helped to organize panels and events on these topics. Clinical faculty also collaborate with other faculty and initiatives on these topics throughout the University.

Reporting to the Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, the successful candidate will participate in all aspects of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. Job responsibilities will include supervising student projects including providing feedback on written work, participating in team meetings, working with the Director to develop teaching materials and teaching in the clinic, developing and selecting clients, managing aspects of a blog and website relating to environmental and energy law and the Clinic, and organizing and coordinating relevant events, lectures and other clinic activities. One goal of this Fellowship is to train aspiring clinical teachers and public interest environmental attorneys.

Candidates must have a J.D. and at least two to four years of work experience as a practicing lawyer, with a strong preference for those who have worked for an environmental non-profit organization or government agency using litigation and similar enforcement tools. Must be a member in good standing of at least one bar and must be able to secure admission to the Illinois bar through waiver or examination promptly upon joining the clinic. Excellent writing, editing, advocacy, and supervision skills are required. Experience clerking at the trial court level is strongly desired, but not required. Prior teaching experience is highly desirable, but not required. Demonstrated ability to work with technology, including posting to a blog and website, is desired.

Each candidate should submit a cover letter that includes a detailed description of the candidate's relevant practice experience and teaching/supervision experience, resume or curriculum vita, a law school transcript, a list of references, course evaluations from prior teaching experience, if any, and a legal writing sample (not edited by anyone else). Other material relevant to your candidacy may be included as well. Candidates are required to apply online and upload all application material at the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website: .

To ensure full consideration of your application, all application material should be uploaded to the referenced website by March 31, 2014. Screening will continue until the position is filled or until the application deadline of June 30, 2014
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Positions: Full-time Teaching Position in Environmental Law, Univ. Sydney Law School, Australia (Deadline: Apr. 6, 2014)

o    Work with internationally renowned colleagues at Sydney Law School
o    Progressive and globally focused law school
o    Two full-time continuing positions, remuneration package: $107K - $174Kp.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)
o    Successful candidates will:
§  hold, or have made significant progress towards obtaining, a postgraduate law degree, demonstrating specialist knowledge in Environmental Law
§  have a proven track record of original legal research in Environmental Law, demonstrated by publication in refereed academic journals and leading Environmental Law texts
§  be capable of effective teaching in Environmental Law at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
§  demonstrated talent and enthusiasm for teaching one of the compulsory law subjects in the LLB and JD programs, such as torts, contracts, and administrative/public law
§  have an interest in and ability to contribute to the activities of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

            Applications close 6 April 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Position: Legal Advisor/Program Manager, ABA Rule of Law Initiative China, Beijing (Deadline: ?)

No deadline indicated, and looks like a job that is available immediately; so applying asap is probably best.


TITLE:  Legal Advisor/ Program Manager                  LOCATION: Beijing, China               

ABA ROLI is a non-profit pro­gram that supports legal reform programs in roughly 60 countries around the world.  ABA ROLI has nearly 700 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations.

Job Summary
ABA ROLI seeks a Legal Advisor for its program in China. The Legal Advisor will work with the Country Director and the Deputy Director to develop, implement, and evaluate ABA ROLI’s rule of law programs in China. Our programs cover a broad range of substantive areas including women’s rights, the rights of individuals with disabilities, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and civil society capacity building. Programming approaches include training, pilot projects, and practical research to support policy reform.  Competitive candidates will have a background in China and the Chinese legal system, experience living and/ or working in China, and will be proficient in Mandarin.

·         Assisting with the design, implementation and evaluation of programs;
·         Participating in and providing technical assistance to program activities conducted by program partners and maintaining a cooperative working relationship with program partners;
·         Ensuring compliance with donor requirements, including producing quarterly and final program reports, monitoring and evaluation plans and other deliverables;
·         Assisting with the development of grant proposals;
·         Providing China-specific substantive support to Country Director.

·         Must have a JD or equivalent and at least three years of practical legal experience, with a minimum of two years working on legal reform programs in China;
·         Rule of law expertise in one or more of the following areas: justice sector reform, criminal justice, legal professional education, women’s rights, civil society capacity building, and access to justice;
·         Demonstrated planning, management, analytical, and writing skills;
·         Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills;
·         Strong knowledge of the Chinese legal system, as well as the current political and cultural context; 
·         Fluency in English and proficiency in both written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) required. 

To apply, please contact Vanessa Hunsberger at  Only candidates that meet these requirements should apply. Due to the high volume of applicants, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 16, 2014

Below is info on this year's Energy Law writing competition sponsored by the ABA Section on Energy, Environment and Resources.  First price is $700, second $500, third $250.  Short and sweet - only 2000 words in length! very suitable to a nicely condensed version of a course paper.

For full info, see here.

2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources'Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee is pleased to announce the 2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition.
2014 Topic: Any issue related to energy law—you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc.  In addition to the cash awards, winning entries will be published nationwide, as they have in past years, in an ABA committee electronic publication.
Deadline: Submissions must be received via e-mail by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Submission Details: Submissions must be through e-mail.  Any student enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States during 2013-2014 is eligible. 
Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words in length (a maximum of approximately 8 pages) on double-spaced 12-point typed pages.  Each page must have a header including the title of the paper and a page number. 
For anonymous evaluation of the entries, no information that could identify the author should appear anywhere in the body of the paper, including in the header.  Each entry must have a separate cover sheet (not included in the 2,000 word limit) that includes the following contact information: (1) name; (2) address; (3) phone number; (4) email address; (5) law school; and (6) paper title.
Any relevant article or essay may be submitted for the competition, including writing submitted for academic credit.  Papers that have been previously published are not eligible for the competition.  A paper must be the original work of the individual student submitting the entry.
Judging: Papers will be subject to a blind review process.  The panel of judges will judge the papers anonymously, without knowledge of the author’s name or law school.
Papers will be evaluated by the following criteria:  (1) originality and thoughtfulness; (2) writing quality; (3) analysis and legal reasoning; (4) quality and use of research (including interdisciplinary and applied examples); and (5) compliance with the competition rules.  Winning entries will be published nationwide in an ABA publication.
The Section’s Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources Committee initiated this writing competition in 2010.  Co-sponsors include the Energy and Environmental Markets and Finance and the Government and Private Sector InnovationCommittees.
Competition papers should be submitted via e-mail 
Questions? Please call (312) 988-5625

Summer 2014 Externship Opportunity with Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program, Denver, CO (Deadline: ?)

I didn't see a deadline associated with this summer externship opportunity, so I assume that applying sooner than later is better.

Position Description:

Friends of Animals is pleased to announce summer (2014) externship opportunities in its Wildlife Law Program (WLP), located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 2013, the WLP fills a niche between animal and environmental activism.  Animal activists often fail to fully utilize the array of local, state, federal and international environmental laws as a means to protect the rights of animals to live free from human interference.  Environmental activists often utilize these laws, but do so to achieve broad environmental objectives that may not always protect the rights of free-living animals. The mission of the WLP is to utilize the law for a singular purpose: to ensure the right of all wildlife to live in an ecosystem free from human manipulation, exploitation, or abuse.

The WLP focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world. Attorneys and externs in the program utilize a variety of environmental laws to promote the rights of wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Treaty Bird Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and international treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 

Externs will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working closely with WLP attorneys to litigate matters in federal and state court, as well as engage in non-litigation advocacy projects. Typically extern projects include drafting legal documents (60-day notice letters, complaints, discovery documents, briefs, administrative comments), legal research and writing, interviewing and working directly with the client, engaging government decision-makers, and advocating at the policy level. The WLP attorneys also make an effort to expose students to a wide variety of career opportunities, including opportunities in public interest environmental law and animal rights law.


Seeking a current 1L or 2L student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants should have strong legal writing and research skills, and a demonstrated interest in animal rights or wildlife advocacy.

To apply:

Send current resume and writing sample to: Michael Harris, Director Wildlife Law Program, 7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 385, Centennial, CO 80112 or email to

About Friends of Animals:

Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. Friends of Animal's President is Priscilla Feral, who works out of FoA's International Headquarters in Darien, Connecticut.

General Info on Internships with the Joint Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention

I came across this when browsing the Joint Secretariat website.

The link is here, but info is also set out below.  It is a general invitation  to apply for an internship, but there is no specific guidance about application deadlines.

 Internship opportunities with the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP)
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (hereafter “BRS”) is regularly looking for suitable candidates to undertake internships.
The internships are conducted within the framework of the United Nations Internship Programme and the objectives of the internship programme are:
To provide current students with important practical experience which complements their field of study, and which at the same time will be of benefit to BRS.
To promote among the students a better understanding of major global problems confronting the world and to give them an insight into how the UN attempts to find solutions to these problems.
To expose the students to the UN, its policies and programmes.
To enable students from all parts of the world to exchange information during and after the internship, so as to appreciate cultural diversity among different peoples and have them become ambassadors of peace and goodwill.

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Chemicals contribute many advantages to today's world; however their use can also pose risks to human health and the environment. To reduce this harmful global impact, three conventions have been established that regulate chemicals and hazardous wastes at global level:
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal regulates the export/import of hazardous waste and waste containing hazardous chemicals. The Convention was adopted in 1989 and entered into force in 1992. It currently has 180 Parties.
Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade currently regulates information about the export/import of 47 hazardous chemicals listed in the Convention’s Annex III, 33 of which are pesticides (including 4 severely hazardous pesticide formulations) and 14 of which are industrial chemicals. The Convention was adopted in 1998 and entered into force in 2004. It currently has 153 Parties.
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants currently regulates 23 toxic substances that are persistent, travel long distances, bioaccumulate in organisms and are toxic. The Convention was adopted in 2001 and entered into force in 2004. It currently has 179 Parties.
The vision for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariat is to be recognized by the Parties as efficient, effective, innovative and responsive in carrying out the functions entrusted to it by the respective Conventions and their Conferences of the Parties, and in assisting Parties in their efforts to implement their obligations to protect human health and the environment from toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes. This vision supports the overarching goal of the three conventions to protect human health and the environment from toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes. 2

Minimum eligibility criteria
Please note that if you do not meet all the minimum eligibility criteria, your application will not be processed. Applicants for internships MUST:
Be currently enrolled in the third or fourth year of an undergraduate programme, or in a graduate (masters) or post-graduate (PhD) programme at the time of application and throughout the internship; and
Be willing to intern on a full-time basis for a period of not less than two months and not exceeding six months.

Important information
BRS does NOT provide financial support for interns. All successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and living expenses during the internship period. Please note that housing in Geneva is very difficult to find and expensive, so research must be undertaken well in advance.
During the internship period, interns must observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of BRS, UNEP and the United Nations. The intern will be required to work full-time, in accordance with the working hours of BRS. Interns will work at the premises of BRS at the International Environment House in Geneva, Switzerland.
An internship at BRS is in no way related to recruitment for regular employment and there should be no expectancy of such. Interns are not eligible for employment with the United Nations either during their internship or within the six-month period immediately following the expiration of the internship.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Position: Executive Secretary of Joint Secretariat for Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, Geneva (Deadline: April 12, 2014)

I saw on the Joint Secretariat website that Jim Willis, the current Executive Secretary, is retiring and a vacancy announcement has already been posted.  

Link is here, and info pasted below.

This is obviously a very senior UNEP position, but an amazing opportunity for somebody with the right background.  Willis was a long-time career manager at EPA but also had done a stint at UNEP before becoming the Executive Secretary of the Joint Secretariat.

Job Title:          Executive Secretary, D2
Department/ Office:   United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station:   GENEVA
Posting Period:            11 February 2014-12 April 2014
Job Opening number: 14-ADM-UNEP-32570-D-GENEVA (X)

Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is “to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations System and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment”. This position is located in the Joint Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposals, the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants at the Geneva duty-station. The Executive Secretary will report to the Executive Director through the Deputy Executive Director and within delegated authority the Director will be responsible for the following:
In performing his/her functions, the Executive Secretary shall fully respect the legal autonomy of the three conventions; provide equal commitment to the implementation of the three conventions; demonstrate increased efficiency and effectiveness in the cooperation and coordination of the three secretariats; and maximize the effective and efficient use of resources. Specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 1. Direct and manage efficiently and effectively the Secretariat of the three conventions; 2. Contribute to the implementation of the mandates and missions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and to the formulation of the three conventions’ overall strategies and policies; Act in an advisory capacity to the UNEP Executive Director and the Presidents and the Bureaus of the conventions as well as their subsidiary bodies; Provide contributions and leadership to the development and implementation of innovative and/or change management programmes across the conventions; Coordinate the preparations for the meetings of the conventions. 3. Formulate for adoption by the Conference of the Parties (COPs)  and implement the substantive work programme of the conventions; Coordinate and lead the provision of technical assistance and capacity building development under the conventions; Coordinate the assistance to Parties, in particular developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, in a synergetic manner; Oversee the management of activities undertaken by the joint Secretariat; Ensure that activities are carried out in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner and in a synergestic approach. 4. Lead the development of strategies and policies and undertake fund raising and donor reporting; Lead the strategic interagency work of the Secretariat in close coordination with UNEP and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements as appropriate; Coordinate the preparation of documents and reports for COPs and intersessional meetings. 5. Oversee the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Secretariat; Oversee the recruitment and development of staff, encourage and foster team-work and communication among staff; Chair meetings and seminars on substantive-related issues, represent the Secretariat at conferences, meetings and seminars. 6. Perform other duties as may be assigned.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of and professional competence in the fields related to the mandates of the three conventions and their overarching goal; Ability to think strategically and to clearly articulate a strategic direction; Capacity to manage and develop people, to lead high performance teams and to work cooperatively; Facilitation of  and conducting of inter-governmental negotiating processes as well as handling of a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties; Integrity, openness and transparency in dealing with all stakeholders; Possesses understanding of the chemicals and wastes agenda; Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of intergovernmental bodies; Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; Persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue the same direction.

• Leadership: Proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives and drives for change and improvement; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives into substantive work and commitment to the goal of achieving gender balance in staffing.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, natural science, chemistry, economics, public administration or related area. A first level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience, including managerial experience, working with or in an international organization in the environmental field is required.  Experience in resource mobilization and donor reporting in an international organization is required.  Experience in change management and managing in complex and multicultural settings is required.  Experience in the United Nations Common System or other international organizations is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency based interview.
Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.  On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
No Fee