Fellowships

The ASIL International Law Fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain up to a year of professional experience working on ASIL publications and the development and implementation of its research, education, and outreach programs. The positions are full-time and typically of a 6-month duration. Fellows work with their supervisor to identify areas of professional interest that can be developed while working at Tillar House. They also have the opportunity to select and attend various internationally themed events in the active D.C. international community. Fellows are eligible for a one-time, $2,500 travel stipend, but the position is otherwise unpaid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and obtain alternative sources of funding. Fellowships typically start in January, April, July, and October.

INTERNATIONAL LAW FELLOW (programs - BASIL) (programs - Vagts Roundtable)


Responsibilities:

Fellows work under the direct supervision of ASIL's director of education and research 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 and interests of the Fellow and the needs of the Society. Past Fellow projects have included syllabi and course development for ASIL's continuing legal education programs; support for ASIL's judicial outreach program; development of new website resources to support ASIL Academic Partners; program development and support for ASIL's roundtables and briefings on current topics in international law; and, occasionally, general support for ASIL publications.In addition to these responsibilities, the two currently available fellowships will be tasked to one of two specific projects: Support of the Blacks of the American Society of International Law Task Force initiative or support of the Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law (see below for further details on theses specific projects).

Qualifications:

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. Fellow positions require the ability, initiative, and judgment to work independently and to implement projects successfully from beginning to end.

Application Requirements:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), and two letters of recommendation (send scanned copies of signed letters or have them emailed directly to ASIL with the applicant's name in the subject line) to jobs@asil.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. Applicants should indicate which of the two open positions (BASIL or Vagts Roundtable) they are interested in applying for (you may apply for both).

Currently Recruiting:

ASIL is currently recruiting for candidates to begin as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Blacks of the American Society of International Law Task Force:

This posting is specifically looking for a fellow who will be providing support to ASIL’s Blacks of the American Society of International Law Task Force (BASIL). In addition to the aforementioned responsibilities, the Fellow will provide targeted support of this program by working directly with the BASIL co-chairs as they proceed with a variety of initiatives. Specific duties will include: developing a list of blacks in international law; creating a bibliography of writing by blacks in international law as well as writings about blacks in international law; developing an archive of such writings at Tillar House library; supporting meetings of the BASIL Task Force; designing and supporting programs to enhance the number of black students and lawyers interested in international law, which may include pipeline programs for high school and college students; and helping revise relevant curricula that could be taught to high school and college students about international law.

Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law:

This posting is specifically looking for a fellow who will be providing support to ASIL’s inaugural Detlev F. Vagts Roundtable on Transnational Law program. As a memorial to longtime ASIL member Detlev Vagts, the Society will be hosting an annual roundtable on a transnational law topic. The inaugural Roundtable will take place at the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting (March 30-April 2, 2016). The 2016 theme will focus on transnational professional legal ethics. The fellow will assist the Roundtable convener in the implementation of the Vagts roundtable, including communication with the selected participants related to the substantive material of the session, research and writing related to the theme, publicity and advertising of the event to the relevant communities, post-meeting follow up with participants, and support of the Roundtable participants in potential efforts to publish the resulting papers as a symposium issue or prepare the materials for publication in the Society’s Annual Meeting Proceedings.

INTERNATIONAL LAW FELLOW (publications)


Responsibilities:

The Publications Fellow will work under the direct supervision of ASIL's Attorney-Editor in the Publications Department. The Fellow will have the opportunity to publish in International Legal Materials and ASIL Insights on topics of his or her interest in international law. The Fellow will also be responsible for researching current developments in international law in order to contribute to the International Law in Brief blog. The Publications Fellow will have the opportunity to develop his or her international legal research, writing, and editing skills in providing editorial support for the above mentioned publications, as well as the American Journal of International Law and, occasionally, to provide general support for the ASIL Programs Department. Specific assignments will be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on the strengths and interests of the Fellow and the needs of the Publications Department.

Qualifications:

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 familiarity with the Bluebook is required. Coursework or work experience in international law is strongly preferred. Fellow positions require the ability, initiative, and judgment to work independently.

Application Requirements:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and an unedited writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) to Caitlin Behles, Attorney-Editor, at cbehles@asil.org, with "Publications 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.

Recruiting for early 2016:

We are currently recruiting for candidates to begin this summer (start date negotiable). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.