International Bar Association’s Interview Series in Human Rights

Do you have an interest in media, human rights issues, and international organizations? We might have the perfect opportunity for you! The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Human Rights Committee is looking for an assistant to help prepare an interview series with prominent human rights lawyers and advocates, to highlight the challenges of protecting human rights in the 21st Century. Among the topics we will cover: Human Rights and Education, Human Rights in the Digital Age, Human Rights and Business, Human Rights Monitoring and Civilian Protection in Peacekeeping Operations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention, How to Effectively Advocate Human Rights in Worlds Politics and Diplomacy, Human Rights in Transitional Justice Contexts, Human Rights and Legislation Drafting in Post-Conflict Situations, Human Rights and International Crimes Prosecutions, and Human Rights and Security. 

The interview series comprises of 10 single interviews of 30 minutes each, to be uploaded on the IBA website on our human rights page. Each interview is a one to one conversation between IBA Human Rights Officer Federica D’Alessandra (who is also a Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow in Transitional Justice) and the interviewee. Ben Ferencz, Dean Minow, Ruti Teitel, Michael Scharf, Simon Adams, and Alberto Mora are but a few of the people we plan to interview. The project is to take place between November 2014 and March 2015. The first interview will be shot on November 6, with former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz. The assistant will help us put together the interview questionnaire for each of the topics above. Research tasks include background research on the interviewee and their work on the subject of the interview, as well as the drafting of potential questions to discuss during the interviews. This will require the RA to look through outstanding legal and policy issues related to each topic, as well as writing a short summary of the history (specifically its history within relevant human rights provisions), development, and open questions that the topic has left. The research represents a great opportunity to get in touch with the International Bar Association, learn how to develop legal interviews questionnaires, meet the interviewees (for the interviews shot on campus), and learn about relevant human rights issues from prominent professionals engaged in the front-lines of their practice.

 If you are interested, please contact ASAP: Federica D’Alessandra, LLM:



Professor Stephenson Seeks Research Assistants

Professor Stephenson is seeking several research assistants to help with a project on comparative standing doctrine, in the specific context of suits brought by civil society groups and/or victims against allegedly corrupt government officials in different countries. The project would run through the end of the Fall semester, with hours per week to be arranged. If you are interested, please email a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Professor Stephenson at

Winter Term Independent Clinical Opportunities at Rural Development NGO in India

The Sehgal Foundation ( ) works with rural communities to create sustainable programs for managing water resources, increasing agricultural productivity and strengthening rural governance, with an emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

They are seeking two Winter Term students for the following projects:

1. Analyzing the roles of institutions and citizens in delivery of subsidized food grain delivery programs in two villages of Mewat district, Haryana.

2. Identifying gaps in English language legal research resources for law students in legal aid clinics and lawyers working with rural people eligible for civil legal services under the Legal Services Authority system in India and preparing a recommendation for a coordinated effort to fill those gaps by law schools and others.


For additional information, please contact Jill Crockett ( in the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

SOLD OUT- Boston Ballet Tickets

Come see the world premier of Mikko Nissinen’s “Swan Lake” at the one and only Boston Opera House!

New Swan Lake header

Tickets go on sale at the DOS office (WCC 3039) for $25.00 a piece on Wednesday, October 15th beginning at 8:30am.  Please bring your Harvard ID and each person may purchase up to 2 tickets.  Get yours ASAP, as we have a limited supply.


Date: Thursday, November 6th

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.


“Boston Ballet presents the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, the classic fairytale of the Swan Queen Odette, Prince Siegfried, and the sorcery, betrayal and love, that unites them for all eternity.  The production features magnificent new costumes and sets, with choreography that captures the flare and heart of Tchaikovsky’s romantic score.”  Check out the website for more info!



HLS Dems GA campaign volunteers

HLS Democrats is looking for volunteers to campaign for Michelle Nunn in Georgia! If you want to help turn Georgia blue, either as a poll observer or a get-out-the-vote volunteer, sign up to travel to Georgia to campaign on the ground. HLS Dems is helping volunteers travel to Atlanta from October 31-November 4.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any part of those dates, please email for more information. 

Apple Picking!!

Apple picking at the  Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA. Space is limited and it is first come first serve. Saturday, October 11, 2014. Leaving at 10:30 (Meet in the WCC-lobby) and returning at 3pm. The cost is $10.00. Presented by the Dean of Students Office.

Join the Financial Distress Research Project

In a world with finite legal aid resources, unscrupulous creditors can take advantage of people. The Financial Distress Research Project is designing and testing self-help packets — with cartoons — to help consumers defend themselves in court. If we prove these interventions work, we can apply them to other areas of the law.

To find out how to get involved, come to our info session on Thurs., Oct. 16 at 3:30 PM in WCC 3016. Cookies provided. 

Islamic Legal Studies Program Travel Grants

The Islamic Legal Studies Program invites Harvard Law School students to submit travel grant proposals to secure funding for proposed research trips related to work on or the study of Islamic law. All projects associated with Islamic law or with the legal systems of Muslim countries qualify, internships included.

The Program distributes a limited number of awards on a competitive basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per student. Selected grantees may use ILSP travel grants to supplement an award from another source. The deadline for JD submissions is November 15 for January-term travel. There is no deadline for LLM and SJD grants, but applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel.

Please visit the student grants page of the ILSP website for additional information.

Join Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice (JREJ)

Interested in reading, writing and talking about racial justice issues? Join JREJ! We’re looking for new members to get involved with the many opportunities available this year. All years are welcome. If you’re interested in joining, please fill out our Onboarding Survey ( by Sunday, October 5 at 12PM. JREJ also has three new positions open: 2 Online Contributors and 1 Technical Editor.

If you’re interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out our Onboarding Survey as well as this very short Open Positions Survey…) by Sunday, October 5 at 12PM. If you have any questions, please email

Support group for grieving students

Harvard students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one are invited to participate in AMF’s peer-led grief support group. The support group meets every other week for an open discussion where bereaved students from across the University can relate to peers facing similar situations and have the opportunity to share their experiences.

The next meeting is 8-9pm on Tuesday, October 14th in Wasserstein 3019. Contact if you have any questions or would like to be added to the email list. 

Spring Seminar on Rhetoric and Public Discourse

Professor Zitrrain’s Spring 2015 seminar on Rhetoric and Public Discourse is accepting applications! This seminar will cover issues in both individual and public discourse. For the former, students will have an opportunity to hone rhetorical skills in a chosen format — speaking, presenting, moderating or production of media — and for the latter, we will explore the evolving nature of discourse in the networked public sphere, from “electronic town halls” to Wikipedia to anonymous and identified commenting.

Some of our questions: What roles do and should intermediaries play in setting our topical agendas and shaping conversations around them? What impact does and can money have in influencing opinion on a large scale? What new modalities exist to facilitate conversation and closure among parties who disagree in good faith? Should advocates and agents be treated the same as those who claim to be speaking for themselves? Are there ways to identify and mitigate discourse grounded in bad faith, a.k.a. truthiness? By application. Possible to fulfill the Written Work Requirement.

The seminar is 2 credits, and will meet from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. The application can be found at , and is due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014. Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory . 

Mississippi Three Week Winter Term Project

Mississippi Three Week Winter Term Project: JUSTICE WATCH is a public-private partnership to educate, train and supervise law students to travel throughout the country to document deficiencies in the delivery of the constitutional right to counsel.

JUSTICE WATCH is seeking HLS students who are interested in working on documenting deficiencies in the delivery of the constitutional right to counsel in state and local criminal and delinquency courts in Mississippi. Unlike many states where municipal courts only hear local ordinance violations, Mississippi’s 246 municipal courts adjudicate misdemeanors and hold preliminary hearings on felonies. This makes cities and towns a primary funder of right to counsel services. Local governments, however, have significant revenue-raising restrictions placed on them by the state while being statutorily prohibited from deficit spending. This system results in wide inconsistency on indigent defense cost-per-capita spending across the state. Through JUSTICE WATCH, any interested students will work with the Sixth Amendment Center to develop an independent clinical proposal to conduct court observations of Mississippi’s municipal courts, document the issues raised during their observations, reflect on their observations with their supervisors, and draft a summary of their recommendations/conclusions at the conclusion of their independent clinical. Students will work under the supervision of an attorney provided by JUSTICE WATCH. Any proposals will need to meet all of the requirements for independent clinicals outlined on the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website. See

Students interested in working with Justice Watch to develop an independent clinical proposal for Winter Term 2015 should email Sheryl Dickey at at the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs with a brief one paragraph statement of interest and a copy of the student’s resume by Wednesday, October 8, 2014. 

Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.


The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4. 


Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2015.  All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:


If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at



Apply for the HLS Spring Break Trip to Israel!

Apply now to go on the HLS subsidized spring break trip to Israel! The annual trip, organized by JLSA, offers students a special opportunity to explore the wonders and complexities of modern Israel.

The trip includes visits to major historical, religious and cultural sites, as well as meetings with Israeli officials, activists, journalists and more. This year’s trip is scheduled for March 11 – 22, 2015. All HLS students (regardless of religious affiliation) are encouraged to apply!

E-mail Eric ( to request an application or for more information. 

Deadline Approaching: Become a Subciter for JOLT!

Interested in law and technology? Join the Journal on Law and Technology (JOLT), which covers conventional IP issues, as well as cyberlaw, cybercrime, and Internet and privacy. Sign up to become a subciter at

The deadline to sign up is THIS Thursday, Oct. 2 at 5pm. If you have any questions about articles or signing up late, just email Loly at and we will connect with you.

Support Group for students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one

Harvard students coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one are invited to participate in AMF’s peer-led grief support group. The support group meets every other week for an open discussion where bereaved students from across the University can relate to peers facing similar situations and have the opportunity to share their experiences.

The next meeting is 8-9pm on Tuesday, September 30th in Wasserstein 3008.

Please email with any questions. 

HLS Moot Court Team Info Session

Interested in foreign travel, international law, and working closely with teammates to sharpen your written and oral advocacy skills? If so, please join the Harvard LawMoot Court Board this upcoming Monday, September 29th at 7pm in WCC B010 for a brief meeting. We’ll describe the individual teams, national and international travel opportunities, and recruiting procedures for the upcoming season.

Harvard Law Moot Court Board Teams for 2014-2015 ELSA World Trade Organization Moot Court Team:
Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot Court Team:
Immigration Law Moot Court Team:

HLS has a rich history of exceptional moot court performance. Last year, every team won its national competition, with the FDI team placing 1st and the WTO team placing 2nd in their corresponding international competitions. We hope to see you Monday at 7pm!

Please contact Jason Nichol ( or Toni Tsvetanova ( with questions. — the HLS Moot Court Board

HLS Website Survey

Dear students -

As part of our efforts to improve the HLS web presence, we’d love to get your feedback, specifically around how to better organize content on our site.  To that end, we’ve created a survey called a “Card Sort”, which will allow you to organize our site’s content into categories, and give those categories names that are relevant to you.  We’re sending this survey to students as well as other primary users of our site, to gather data that will help us as we discuss our site going forward.  Note that nothing you suggest in this tool is binding; rather, all the data will be aggregated to get a high level view of how people group content, and to help drive conversations going forward.

Click here to start the survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email.

Many thanks for your help -

The WP Migration Team

1Ls: Sign up to join CR-CL’s subcite, October 4 – 5

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review seeks 1Ls to participate in its upcoming subcite on October 4 and 5, 2014. 1L subciters are required to attend one of the two days. We will be holding office hours from 12PM to 1PM on Wednesday 9/24, Thursday 9/25, and Friday 9/26 in WCC 2048 to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may email for more information.