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Job: RA/TA for Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Human Rights Program at UChicago, Deadline February 4

The Human Rights Program is hiring a graduate student to assist Rodolfo Stavenhagen, the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights, who will be teaching a five-week course during Spring 2011. The student will work as a Research Assistant for Winter 2011 and as a Teaching Assistant for the course during Spring 2011. The title of the course is “Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the New Millenium”.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Sarah Patton Moberg at spmoberg@uchicago.eduby Friday, February 4, 2011.

A brief announcement of the appointment and biography of Rodolfo Stavenhagen is copied below.

The Human Rights Program and the College are pleased to announce that Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen will be the Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights in Spring Quarter 2011.  Professor Stavenhagen represents the sort of mixture of academic excellence and public practice that the Pozen professorship seeks to recognize.  Professor Stavenhagen is a world-renowned authority on the rights of indigenous people.  In addition to his academic activities, in 2001 he was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, a position he held until 2008.

Rodolfo Stavenhagen grew up in Mexico where he and his German-Jewish refugee parents had fled just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.  In the late 1940s he was sent to theCollege of the University of Chicago where he earned an A.B. degree in 1951 and learned to speak English with a Chicago accent.  Professor Stavenhagen has said that his interest in human rights was sparked at the University of Chicago where as a College student he met distinguished visitors Eleanor Roosevelt and W.E.B. DuBois.

Professor Stavenhagen has had a notable career in both the academy and in the protection of international human rights. He has been a member of the faculty of the Colegio de Mexico since 1965 and a visiting professor at Stanford University , Harvard University , and theUniversity of Paris .  He has served as President of the Latin American network of social science research institutions FLACSO (Facultad LatinoAmericano de Ciencias Sociales) and on the board of the Social Sciences Research Council. He has received numerous recognitions for his academic work from institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas .

In the field of human rights, in addition to his period as Special Rapporteur, he has served on various commissions for the United Nations and other international organizations including the International Labor Organization. He has served on the boards of many NGOs and has advised intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, and philanthropic foundations on the rights of the indigenous. He was a founding member and first President of Mexico’s firsthuman rights NGO, the Mexican Human Rights Academy , and has also served on the governmental Human Rights Commission.

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Human Right courses at CEU Summer University in Budapest, Central European University, Deadline February 15

Human Rights Litigation Course (11-15 July, 2011) at the Central European University’s Summer University in Budapest
Course directors: Rupert Skilbeck, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, USA and Zaza Namoradze, Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, Hungary

This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.

The course includes modules that examine the steps involved in strategic litigation, such as case selection, client care, and forum choice, as well as the specific legal stages of admissibility, exhausting domestic remedies and preparing substantive arguments. Case studies will examine how to build a strong evidential record in support of the case, how to develop campaigning and advocacy to raise awareness of the issues involved, and how to implement a successful judgment.

Target group: The course invites applications from human rights activists, policy workers and litigators, with 3 years’ working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Some will have a policy background, with an interest in seeking to persuade governments to effect reforms. Some may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work. Participants from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia will be particularly encouraged to attend.

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2011 Human Rights Internship, Human Rights Internship Program, UChicago, Deadline November 1

The Human Rights Internship Program offers $5000 internships to University of Chicago students for summer projects working at non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies and international bodies around the world. The Human Rights Internship Program offers a select group of Chicago students the opportunity to learn the skills and understand the difficulties inherent in putting human rights into practice.  Since its establishment in 1998 the Internship Program has helped place more than 200 students with non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies and international bodies around the world.

Applications are available on-line at:

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“Literature and Individual Sovereignty,” Aleksandar Hemon, June 3

Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., Memorial Human Rights Lecture

Aleksandar Hemon

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7 pm

Social Science Research Building, Room 122

1126 East 59th Street


Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles, which will be published by Riverhead Books on May 14, 2009.  Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was here, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.  Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.  He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

This lecture is the fourth in a series which honors the life and work of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D., noted forensic pathologist and a founder of the University of Chicago Human Rights Program. Prior Kirschner Lecturers include Sara Paretsky, Alex Kotlowitz, and Juan Mendez. Their talks may be seen at:

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Human Rights Program will present the 2010 Ignacio Martin Baró awards and recognize the achievements of students graduating with the Minor in Human Rights.

University of Chicago Human Rights Program

5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637
Telephone: 773-834-0957


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Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “Creating an International Moral Compass: Part I–The Genocide Convention (1945-1948)” Jennifer Amos, May 4

Jennifer Amos will present a chapter of her dissertation, “Creating an International Moral Compass: Part I — The Genocide Convention (1945-1948)” at the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop on Tuesday 4 May from 4:30-6:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social Sciences Building.  The paper is already up on Chalk under “current papers”. If you do not have access to Chalk, please contact Kristy Ironside (ironsidek [at]  Drinks and refreshments will begin before the workshop around 4:15 pm.

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Internship Coordinator Position, U of C Human Rights Program, Deadline: April 30

The University of Chicago Human Rights Program
Internship Coordinator (apply by April 30, 2010)

General Summary
The Human Rights Program, established in 1997, offers students the opportunity to combine theory and practice in the study of human rights. Human Rights Program courses and internships are open to students from the College and all graduate and professional programs of the University. More information about the Human Rights Program is available at .

The Human Rights Program seeks to hire a half-time staff person to coordinate support for the internship program.  This is an ideal job for a University of Chicago graduate student or professional student. The Internship Coordinator will manage the Internship Program, including but not limited to the Autumn Quarter 2010 application process, and Winter & Spring Quarter group and individual sessions with interns selected for 2011. The Coordinator will be in charge of intern Report Back panels throughout the year, in coordination with the Assistant to the Director. The Coordinator will work with two student “peer advisers” – former interns who advise students selected regarding their placements and work-plans. The Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and Development staff to provide materials for donors and will have an active role in HR Program activities including staff meetings. This is a half-time position which begins in Autumn Quarter 2010 and runs through Spring Quarter 2011. .

A B.A. degree and a minimum of two years full-time relevant employment are required.  (Examples of relevant employment include student advising or counseling in a liberal arts college or university or a staff position with a human rights, social justice, or social service organization.) Excellent written and verbal skills, experience in and knowledge of the non-profit and advocacy community, maturity and the capacity to supervise College students are required. The successful candidate should also possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team, the capacity to handle multiple tasks, to be careful about details, to have good time-management skills, and have proficiency with computers. International living and working experience or experience working in international education or study abroad programs are strongly preferred, fluency in a second language preferred.

This is a half-time position which pays $6000 per quarter for three quarters (a total of $18,000 for the academic year). The Internship Coordinator will have an office in the Human Rights Program and is expected to work primarily at the office. The Coordinator reports to the Human Rights Program Executive Director.  Apply by April 30 by sending all materials to Sarah Moberg, Assistant to the Director, Human Rights Program, University of Chicago – A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for at least two references are required. The writing sample can be academic or non-academic (a report, a journalism piece) of 2000 words or less. It can be an excerpt from a longer piece.  Interviews of finalists will be held in May. You must have authorization to work in the United States.

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Call for Applications: Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari, Deadline: May 14

*Call for Applications: Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari*

5 places are available for a 3-week research program in July 2010 in Srebrenica-Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina for research topics related to Genocide, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Studies, and Human Rights.

The program is open to MA students, PhD candidates, or researchers affiliated with an academic institution. Fluency in English is required. We welcome applicants of every citizenship and nationality.

Full room and board, as well as transportation within BiH will be provided at no cost to participants.

Program Dates: 5 July – 24 July 2010

Application Deadline: 14 May 2010

Detailed information is available at:

The Summer Research University Srebrenica-Potocari, established through the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center, is a three-week program for postgraduate students and researchers to conduct research projects on topics related to Genocide, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Studies, and Human Rights.

The program integrates field research with an opportunity to participate in the annual Peace March from Nezuk to Potocari and to attend the Commemoration Ceremony in Potocari. Following this, researchers remain in Srebrenica to conduct their projects; participants will be provided with working space in the facilities in Potocari and will have access to primary resources from prominent institutions in the field.

During this time, there will be guest lecturers, discussion opportunities, and visits to locations relevant for field research. Researchers will present their progress at the end of the program.

Participants will be provided with free room and board, as well as transport within Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants must cover their own travel expenses to Sarajevo.

For details, please see website:

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Romani Internship Program, European Roma Rights Centre, Budapest, Deadline: April 19

The ERRC seeks applicants for its Romani internship programme

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its Romani internship programme at its office in Budapest, Hungary. In 2010, the ERRC is introducing an in-country component to its internship programme, in which the ERRC and selected interns will work together to jointly implement community-based human rights initiatives as follow up to the time spent at the ERRC office.

Internships will be offered on a competitive basis for periods of three to 12 months (including the in-country component; a maximum of six months will be spent at the ERRC office).

Applicants should have:

  • Experience living and working in Romani communities;
  • Good command of English, both written and spoken. Romani language skills are a plus;
  • Completed secondary education;
  • The ability to work a diverse, multicultural  environment in a proper, timely fashion with supervision;
  • Good organizational and communication skills, commitment and enthusiasm;
  • Flexibility and the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • A proven record of activism in the Roma movement;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age. The ERRC seeks representation of all segments (women, LGBT, disabled people, etc) of the Romani community in its internship programme. We encourage applicants from candidates that can start their internship period as soon as 3 May 2010.

All interns will receive professional guidance and be directly supervised by the Human Rights Trainer. Interns will also work together with the other ERRC programmes, including research and advocacy, legal, communications, as well as finance, operations and executive management. Activities and tasks of interns shall include both theoretical and practical components, including but not be limited to:

  • Actively researching Roma rights related topics;
  • Monitoring of stakeholders, policy-makers, think tanks, etc.;
  • Detailed monitoring of news and information on Roma rights;
  • Attend meeting and events related to the mission of ERRC and produce briefing documents;
  • Assist in planned ERRC activities and projects, including logistically/administratively;
  • Other tasks to be determined together with the Human Rights Trainer and the project related supervisor; and
  • Individual projects to be implemented in-country will be supervised by the Human Rights Trainer.

Deadline for applications is 19 April 2010 at 16:00 CET.

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae (maximum two A4 page), a letter of interest (maximum one A4 page) indicating availability for the internship in 2010, contact details for two references and a short proposal for the in-country internship follow-up to:

Csilla M. Farkas


Subject line of message: Intern Search

Fax: +36 1 4132201

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Human Rights Workshop: “Soviet Union, the Genocide Convention, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Jennifer Amos, May 20

Jennifer Amos, “Soviet Union, the Genocide Convention, and the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

May 20 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Haskell 315 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)
PhD Student, Department of History
Discussant: Mark Bradley, Professor of U.S. International History

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “Peace, Justic, and the Rule of Law,” Louise Arbour, April 8





Louise Arbour, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Crisis Group; former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Interviewed by M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law; President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute

Louise ArbourThe last two decades have witnessed big steps forward in efforts to bring perpetrators of international crimes to justice. There has also been a sharp rise in international attention to the “rule of law.” How has the field of international justice changed? Why is establishing rule of law in fragile and post-conflict societies important and what are the challenges to doing so? The success of rule of law reforms often seems to hinge on political will; how can this political will be created, and what incentives encourage it? Have Western countries led by example? Please join us for the second part of our Chicago and the World Forum Series where we will explore these and other questions with Louise Arbour and Cherif Bassiouni.

Louise Arbour has served as president and chief executive officer of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. Previously, she acted as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004-2008. A Canadian national, she began her academic career in 1974 and in 1977 was named associate professor and associate dean at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. In 1987, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1996, she was appointed by the United Nations Security Council as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and in 1999 was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. She has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards, and is a member of many distinguished professional societies and organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from Montreal’s College Regina Assumpta, and her LL.L from the University of Montreal.

Generous support for the Chicago and the World Forum series each year is provided by the McCormick Foundation.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

5:30 p.m. Registration and cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Program adjournment

Young Professional Members $10
Members $20
Nonmembers $30
President’s Circle, Corporate Members, and Student Members complimentary

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