PILPG-NL Professional Development Event, February 24, 2015

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PILPG Senior Research Associate Mason Wiley’s Article Published in American University International Law Review

PILPG Senior Research Mason Wiley’s article, “Circassian Right of Return: ‘Putin the Terrible or Putin the Enlightened?'” was published in the American University International Law Review.  The article advocates for the Circassian people’s right of return to their homelands in Sochi, Russia, generations after facing near extermination and mass expulsion at the hands of the Russian Empire in the 1860s.

Read the full article here: Circassian Right of Return: “Putin the Terrible of Putin the Enlightened?”

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PILPG Expert Roundtable Discussion: ISIS & Weaponizing Water

Please join us this  Friday, February 27th, 2015, at our 16th Street office for a PILPG expert roundtable discussion.

Weaponizing Water:

Water Security and the Islamic State

PILPG Expert Roundtable Discussion

Friday, February 27th, 2015

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

PILPG

888 16th St NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20006

In light of the Islamic State’s recent acquisition of territory along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Syria and Iraq, the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) is convening a roundtable discussion with experts on water security to discuss the effects of the Islamic State’s expanding control over water resources and infrastructure.

The roundtable will include brief presentations, followed by a facilitated discussion on the regional impact of the Islamic State’s mismanagement of resources and its capability to weaponize water facilities.  In addition, the roundtable will address the implications of the Islamic State’s actions under international law.

The roundtable will be co-chaired by Fredrick Lorenz, PILPG Senior Peace Fellow, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington, Seattle Jackson School of International Studies, and author of the recent book “Strategic Water: Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin.”  Mr. Lorenz will be joined by Vijay Jagannathan, a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute.  Mr. Jagannathan has published extensively on water, urban development, agricultural development and environmental issues.

The roundtable will take place on Friday, February 27th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at PILPG’s office, located at 888 16th St, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.  A light lunch will be provided.

If you are able to join us, please RSVP to Clarissa Pintado at cpintado@pilpg.org by as soon as possible, as space is limited.

 

Invitation – PILPG Roundtable Weaponizing Water

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PILPG Legal Adviser Julie Fraser’s War Crimes Prosecution Watch Article

January 15, 2015

PILPG Legal Adviser Julie Fraser co-authored an article on the identification of victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court, which was featured under “Worth Reading” in the most recent issue of War Crimes Prosecution Watch.

Read her article here.

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Finance and Program Associate Position

Public International Law & Policy Group

Finance and Program Associate Position

Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: International Law/Human Rights/Public Policy

Geographic Area: Washington DC

Job Description

The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG has advised over twenty states and governments involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements and post-conflict constitutions, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Liberia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and the Burmese Government in exile.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

PILPG’s DC office is currently hiring for a Finance and Program Associate, who will support the organizations headquarters in Washington, DC.  The Finance and Program Associate is responsible for providing administrative and logistical support to PILPG projects, managing key book keeping responsibilities, and supporting other office administrative and operations tasks. This position will report to PILPG’s Senior Staff.

The primary duties of the Finance and Program Associate will include, but not be limited to:

  • Coordinating with accountant, bookkeeper, and financial management staff to assist with project related finances and reporting;
  • Coordinating logistics for PILPG overseas projects;
  • Supporting the organization of PILPG project events and trainings;
  • Managing complex international travel arrangements;
  • Ensuring project compliance with US Government regulations;
  • Managing relationships with relevant external vendors;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • A Master’s degree is preferred;
  • A degree in Accounting or a related field is preferred;
  • Two to three years previous professional experience;
  • Experience with standard software programs and technological tools including Excel and Quickbooks;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Ability to be flexible, multitask, and take ownership of assigned responsibilities

Salary

Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions:

To submit an application, send a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample to adminrecruitment@pilpg.org. The cover letter should outline the applicant’s interest in PILPG and the applicant’s salary expectations.  Questions can be submitted as well however applicants are encouraged to consult the PILPG website to ensure the information is not provided there. After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview.

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Summer Associate Program 2015

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) has a Summer Associate program open to students who have completed one or two years of law school.  PILPG is a global pro bono law firm that provides legal assistance to states and governments with the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and the creation and operation of war crimes tribunals.

PILPG has advised over twenty states and governments on the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements and post-conflict constitutions, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Bosnia, Darfur, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and the Burmese pro-democracy movement.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

The Summer Associates will spend 10 weeks working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office.  Summer Associates will be assigned to teams managed by PILPG Senior Counsel to work on-going projects in the Middle East and North Africa region, Burma, Kenya, Kosovo, and South Sudan.  Summer Associates will work closely with PILPG’s Washington, D.C. staff and PILPG’s field office staff throughout the program.  The Summer Associate program is designed to expose law students to the field of peace negotiations and post-conflict constitutions, as well as to assist students in developing their legal research and writing and networking skills.  The Summer Associate program also has a strong emphasis on professional development, mentorship, and exposure to the field of public international law.

Primary Summer Associates responsibilities include:

  • Conduct legal research on public international law matters;
  • Drafting organizational updates on current conflicts and peace processes,
  • Draft work product for clients on international law issues;
  • Edit legal documents;
  • Participate in meetings related to international law matters; and
  • Collaborate with PILPG strategic partners and senior PILPG experts.

Summer Associates should also be able to:

  • Participate professionally in a collaborative work environment,
  • Work independently, and
  • Receive formal and informal feedback on work product from senior PILPG attorneys.

Applications should include a cover letter stating your interest in PILPG and what you hope to accomplish during the position, a resume with your GPA if available, and a short writing sample. Application materials should be submitted electronically to Ms. Brett Edwards, Pro Bono Counsel, PILPG, bedwards@pilpg.org. Questions can be submitted as well however applicants are encouraged to consult the PILPG website as most information is provided there.

After submitting the application materials, PILPG will follow up if the candidate is selected for an interview. Selected applicants should be prepared to have a one hour interview by telephone.

Applications are accepted beginning January 1, 2015 and will remain open until the program is full, however no later than March 1, 2015.  Applicants are reviewed starting January 1, 2015 and are accepted after that date on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials early as the program fills up quickly.  PILPG is unable to provide funding for Summer Associates however most students are able to secure funding through their schools.

Information on previous Summer Associate Program participants is available here-

http://publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/about/our-people/summer-associates/

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PILPG – Event Review – Human Trafficking Conversations Series: In Our Backyard

PILPG – Event Review – Human Trafficking Conversations Series: In Our Backyard

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PILPG – Event Review – Travails of Transition in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen

PILPG – Event Review-Travails of Transition in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen

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PILPG – Event Review – Re-envisioning the Future

PILPG – Event Review – Re-envisioning the future

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PILPG – Event Review – Supporting Democracy Abroad

PILPG – Event Review – Supporting Democracy Abroad

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Workforce and Overseas Operations Manager

Public International Law & Policy Group Overview

PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to transitioning states and governments.  To date, PILPG has advised over twenty pro bono clients on the legal aspects of peace negotiations and post-conflict constitution-drafting, and over two dozen states and war crimes tribunals in Europe, Asia, and Africa concerning the protection of human rights, self-determination, and transitional justice.  PILPG has maintained offices in states such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Kosovo, Libya, Nepal, Tanzania, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Uganda and has further served clients throughout the Balkans, the Middle East/North Africa region, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. PILPG currently has five field offices, in addition to its headquarters-based office in Washington, DC.

Role & Responsibilities

PILPG is currently hiring for a Workforce and Overseas Operations Manager, who will support the organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC and the organization’s overseas operations.  The position will be based in Washington, DC.

The Workforce and Overseas Operations Manager will be responsible for providing operational and human resources support to PILPG’s field offices and projects, as well as general office support. This position will report directly to Senior Counsel, and support the rest of the senior management team.

The primary duties of the Workforce and Overseas Operations Manager will include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

Workforce Management

  • Managing and coordinate hiring process for new staff, consultants and volunteers, including developing call for applications, posting calls, reviewing resumes, vetting candidates, conducting initial interviews, and offering positions;
  • Coordinating and managing orientation for new hires;
  • Managing onboarding new hires, in cooperation with relevant staff members;
  • Draft employment contracts for new employees and consultants;
  • Ensuring proper filing and storing of all employment-related documents;
  • Overseeing regular feedback and review sessions for PILPG staff;
  • Responding to questions regarding benefits, vacation, and the employee manual;
  • Tracking timesheets and leave approval;
  • Assisting in payroll;
  • Maintaining relationships with potential recruits for future staffing needs;
  • Managing workforce anticipatory outreach, including managing a consultant/employment database;
  • Assisting with the coordination of pro bono recruitment programs, including the Summer Associate and Legal Fellows programs;
  • Responding to personnel inquiries from funders;
  • Coordinating social events in the office; and
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

Overseas Operations

  • Managing travel logistics for overseas offices and consultants, including booking flights, requesting travel approval from funder, insurance coverage, and visas;
  • Overseeing procedures for overseas office start up and close out, and assisting with implementation of these procedures;
  • Point of contact for all documentation necessary for procurement of work permit and office registration;
  • Responding to day-to-day issues related to local office operations, including hiring, procurement and questions regarding funder regulations;
  • Working with project teams to make sure they are aware of reporting deadlines, branding and marking requirements, and other relevant provisions of the award agreement;
  • Ensuring compliance with Federal regulations, generally;
  • Collection and submission of biweekly, quarterly, and final reports;
  • Supporting contract negotiations for new programs, including serving as point of contact for all corporate documents needed for the proposal and award phase;
  • Managing review of field contracts;
  • Managing hiring and use of translation companies, where needed;
  • Preparing no-cost extension requests and budget modifications in conjunction with the finance and project team;
  • Keeping files with the reporting, grant documents, contracts, and other relevant document up-to-date and digital and hard copy;
  • Coordinating necessary security documentation and process adherence;
  • Assist with security process creation and monitoring of security situations; and
  • Other relevant duties, as assigned.

Qualifications for PILPG Workforce and Overseas Operations Manager include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Master’s degree or professional certification preferred;
  • At least five years of previous professional experience, preferably with an international organization;
  • Experience with workforce management, including recruitment and hiring;
  • Experience managing overseas operations at an organization that receives U.S. government funding, and an understanding of the related regulations;
  • Previous experience managing interns or other staff members preferred;
  • Experience with standard software programs and technological tools, including Excel;
  • Experience with Salesforce, a plus;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail; and
  • Ability to be flexible, multitask, and take ownership of assigned responsibilities.

Salary

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions:

To submit an application, send a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample to adminrecruitment@pilpg.org. The cover letter should outline the applicant’s interest in PILPG and the applicant’s salary expectations.  Questions can be submitted as well however applicants are encouraged to consult the PILPG website to ensure the information is not provided there. After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview.

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South Sudan Constitutional Development Manager

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) is seeking a Constitutional Development Manager for a South Sudan project.  Below please find information on PILPG and the project, as well as the role of the Constitutional Development Manager and the required qualifications for the position.

Public International Law & Policy Group Overview

PILPG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free assistance to governments, sub-state entities, and civil society groups in transitioning states.  PILPG provides legal counsel to pro bono clients during peace negotiations, advises on the creation and operation of transitional justice mechanisms, provides expertise during the drafting of post-conflict constitutions, and advises on ways to strengthen the rule of law and effective institutions.  In East Africa, PILPG has previously maintained offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Uganda.

PILPG South Sudan Project Overview

PILPG has extensive experience in South Sudan, and is working with Democracy International and its consortium partners to implement the five-year USAID-supported Systems to Uphold the Credibility and Constitutionality of Elections in South Sudan (SUCCESS) program.  The SUCCESS program is currently focused on increasing the capacity of South Sudanese institutions to lead processes that citizens accept as legitimate and assisting South Sudanese citizens to engage in political processes.

To assist South Sudanese citizens in engaging in these processes, PILPG is providing assistance to South Sudanese civil society organizations to strengthen their organizational and strategic capacity.  PILPG is facilitating civil society’s participation in the peace process through negotiation and mediation skills training for all civil society stakeholders.  In addition, PILPG is providing civil society leaders with substantive support on transitional justice issues for civil society actors to effectively engage in negotiations and take a leading role in peace and reconciliation initiatives.  As South Sudan reengages on the constitutional development process, PILPG will provide technical and material support in the drafting process and support civil society in civic education to ensure that citizen views are taken into consideration.  Women’s leadership in these political processes and initiatives is a core component of the program.

Role of the Constitutional Development Manager

PILPG is seeking a legal professional with at least eight years of experience in constitutional development, peace processes, transitional justice or related technical areas, preferably in post-conflict contexts and/or Africa.

The Constitutional Development Manager will be based in Juba, Republic of South Sudan.  He or she shall work under the supervision of the PILPG Project Director, who is based in the US.

Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with South Sudanese civil society organizations;
  • Conduct technical assistance, ongoing consultations, and follow-ups with relevant civil society organizations on issues related to the peace processes and platform development;
  • Facilitate program activities, including workshops and trainings, on transitional justice, negotiation and mediation skills, constitutional development, and public consultation efforts;
  • Communicate and coordinate with SUCCESS Consortium members, South Sudanese civil society organizations, and relevant consultants on the design and substance of workshops;
  • Build and maintain relationships and cooperation with international and domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society leaders;
  • Conduct consultations and meetings with other NGOs, international organizations, and US government offices to ensure complementarity of programming, points of collaboration, and information exchanges;
  • Coordinate with the PILPG Project Director and other PILPG staff on the preparation of reference resources, curriculum development, and other documents and initiatives;
  • Provide substantive direction to PILPG research team, and pro bono volunteers and law firm partners on the drafting of reference materials, including comparative studies, option papers, and core elements memorandum;
  • Work in coordination with PILPG’s Constitutional Development Advisor;
  • Identify, mentor, and manage local lawyers engaged in the Constitutional Fellowship program as part of the SUCCESS project;
  • Analyze local political conditions and the effectiveness of the project in meeting the stated goals and objectives;
  • Ensure adherence to requisite grantor and US government policies and procedures;
  • Oversee the development, review, and timely submission of project-related materials, including regular reports and internal circulations that update, measure, and evaluate project results;
  • Coordinate closely with PILPG’s Washington, DC office, as well as Democracy International staff and other consortium partners, on the overall strategy and development of the project;
  • Provide regular briefings to PILPG’s Washington, DC office on political and security developments and implementation of the program;
  • Maintain regular communication with the PILPG Project Director, as well as the research team, including conducting weekly Skype calls and drafting monthly updates on project activities; and
  • Coordinate closely with the Pro Bono Director on pro bono contributions to the project, including law firm partners, and
  • Coordinate closely with other PILPG field offices.

Administration

  • Draft materials on the South Sudan project for PILPG’s website, annual reports, internal circulations and law firm updates at the request of senior staff;
  • Maintain PILPG’s in-country financial books related to the SUCCESS in accordance with PILPG’s financial policies and procedures manual;
  • Develop quarterly project reports that detail project activities and measure and evaluate project results;
  • Facilitate the visits of non-field staff, consultants, and funder representatives as appropriate; and
  • Manage all local service providers to PILPG and local office and related logistics and financials.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • A higher education degree in law, or other relevant field;
  • A minimum of eight years work experience in constitutional-development related activities, transitional justice, peace processes, or related technical areas, preferably in a post-conflict context and/or Africa;
  • Demonstrated experience working with new states, states in transition, and/or post-conflict states;
  • Past experience developing relationships with senior government officials and civil society leaders;
  • Experience working with US government regulations is a plus;
  • Knowledge of and previous experience in Sudan or South Sudan is highly desirable;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; and
  • Prior overseas fieldwork, preferably in a post-conflict context and/or Africa.

Communication and Organizational Skills

  • Capacity to conduct research, edit, and draft reference resources, including comparative studies, option papers, and core elements memorandum, and, as needed, draft policy proposal or constitutional language;
  • Strong analytic and organizational skills;
  • Prior experience editing writings of others to ensure professional quality and suitability;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work closely with multiple team members located across the globe;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple activities in a fast-paced, challenging overseas environment; and
  • Initiative to be a responsive self-starter to solve problems independently.

How to Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruitment@pilpg.org.

Include in the subject line: Application: South Sudan Constitutional Development Manager.

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J. Trevor Ulbrick’s Article Published in Foreign Affairs

November 14, 2014

Former PILPG Law Fellow J. Trevor Ulbrick’s short article on a humanitarian buffer zone along the Turkish/Syrian border was recently published by Foreign Affairs for their online column, Snapshot.

Read his article “Better Safe than Sorry: R2P and the Case for the Syrian Buffer Zone” here.

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PILPG – Event Reviews – Gaza from the Ground

PILPG – Event Review – Gaza from the Ground

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PILPG – Event Review – Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968-2003

PILPG- Event Review – Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968-2003: Ba’thi Iraq from Secularism to Faith

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PILPG – Event Review – IFI Session: Drivers of Corruption

PILPG – Event Review – Law, Justice, and Development Week 2014- IFI Session: Drivers of corruption

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PILPG – Event Review – Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy

PILPG – Event Review – Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy

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PILPG – Event Review – Strengthening Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

PILPG- Event Review – Strengthening Compliance with IHL 

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PILPG – Event Review – Burma: Regressed, Stalled, or Moving Forward?

PILPG – Event Review – Burma: Regressed, Stalled, or Moving Forward?

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PILPG – Event Review – Operation Protective Edge

PILPG – Event Review – Operation Protective Edge: Legal and Political Implications of ICC Prosecution

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