MINELRES: Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University (2006 - 2008 session)

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Central European University 
Department of Legal Studies 
CEU Budapest

Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University (2006
– 2008 session)

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open
Society Institute (OSI), joins Central European University (CEU) in
announcing the Justice Initiative Fellows Program for 2006-2008. The aim
of the program is to support and further develop a network of lawyers
and activists working on human rights-related issues internationally.

The Human Rights Fellows Program is a two-year program of study and
practical work experience. Up to 10 applicants will be selected in 2006
to participate in the program. Applicants from the following regions are
eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa,
Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Central/South America. Applicants
must be nominated by a non-governmental organization (NGO) concerned
with human rights that will sponsor the applicant as a Justice
Initiative Fellow with a defined role within the organization.
Applicants selected for the Fellowship will be required to sign an
agreement with the Justice Initiative committing themselves to the
program for two years. The first year is spent at Central European
University, the second in the applicant’s home country, working with the
nominating NGO.

Fellowship applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to human
rights, and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in
English. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience,
his/her potential to contribute to the protection and promotion of human
rights, and the suitability of the applicant's proposed role in the
nominating NGO. 

Human Rights Fellows will reside for one year in Hungary at CEU’s Legal
Studies Department. They will undertake a degree program (M.A. or LL.M.
in Human Rights, depending on their undergraduate degree), in which they
will be required to fulfill the requirements of the Human Rights Program
at Central European University. During their stay at CEU, the Fellows
will also participate in a three-month internship placement with leading
NGOs in Europe from January until March. 

During the first year of the program the Justice Initiative Fellowship
will be administered by CEU Legal Studies Department in partnership with
the Justice Initiative. Financial conditions will be identical to CEU
policies for full scholarship students. Human Rights Fellows will return
to their nominating NGOs after the first year, where they will spend at
least one year working in human rights advocacy on a non-profit basis:
providing legal services, undertaking human rights litigation, and
providing training and education. The Justice Initiative will pay a
local salary during the second year equal to an amount determined to be
similar to equivalent work by the nominating NGO. This amount will be
provided to the nominating NGOs in the form of a grant. 

Application Procedure 
Please note that applicants must submit their applications to the CEU
Admissions Office (1051 Budapest, Nador Street 9, Hungary). They must
meet the general CEU Admissions requirements, which can be viewed online
(http://www.ceu.hu/admissions.html), as well as the CEU Legal Studies
Department Requirements (http://www.ceu.hu/legal/admissions.html). In
addition, applicants must include the following with their application:

1. A nominating letter from an NGO describing the reasons for nominating
the applicant, the expectations the NGO has of the project, and
contractually committing (to the Justice Initiative) to hire the
applicant for at least one year after s/he returns from the twelve-month
training program in Hungary. The nomination letter should also indicate
a monthly salary gross rate in USD (including all taxes and fees) that
will be offered to the applicant by the NGO in the event that s/he is
selected for the program (provided to the NGO by the Justice Initiative
in the form of a grant). 

2. A copy of the applicant’s Bar Association membership (if applicable),
or the date scheduled for examination.

3. Proof of English Proficiency (if available). If no language test has
been taken, a test will be carried out during the application procedure
(exact dates to be determined). For applicants from the former Soviet
Union and Central and Eastern Europe, language tests will be carried out
by local Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute coordinators. For all
other applicants, the relevant sections of the general admissions
guidelines apply (see also: http://www.ceu.hu/admissions_apply.html).

4. A statement of purpose for applying to the Justice Initiative Fellows
program. 

5. A proposal of project activities that the candidate plans to work on
with the nominating NGO during the second year of the fellowship.

The DEADLINE for receiving applications at CEU is January 6, 2006. 

For information regarding the first year of the program, please
contact:  
Anna Mentsl 
Special Programs Coordinator, Legal Studies Department, Central European
University, Budapest 1051, Nádor u. 9, Hungary, tel: +361 327-3205,
e-mail: mentsla@ceu.hu, web: http://www..ceu.hu/legal

For information about the overall program and the second year
commitment, please contact: 
Rita Bakradze 
Fellows Program Coordinator at Justice Initiative, Budapest 1051, Nador
u. 11, Hungary, tel: +361 327-3102; fax: +361 327 3103; e-mail:
rbakradze@osi.hu, web: http://www.justiceinitiative.org
 
For more information about this program please visit
http://www.justiceinitiative.org and
http://www.ceu.hu/legal/osji_prog.html

For more information about this program please visit
http://www.justiceinitiative.org/activities/lcd/fellows/ceu_fellows and
http://www.ceu.hu/legal/osji_prog.html

The URL for this page is:
http://www.justiceinitiative.org/db/resource2?res_id=102988 

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The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open
Society Institute (OSI), pursues law reform activities grounded in the
protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal
capacity for open societies worldwide. The Justice Initiative combines
litigation, legal advocacy, technical assistance, and the dissemination
of knowledge to secure advances in five priority areas: national
criminal justice, international justice, freedom of information and
expression, equality and citizenship, and anticorruption. Its offices
are in Abuja, Budapest, and New York. 

www.justiceinitiative.org

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