MINELRES: CfA: Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University (2008 - 2010 session)

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Open Society Justice Initiative 

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Central European University 
Department of Legal Studies 
CEU Budapest

Call for Applications:
Justice Initiative Fellows Program at Central European University (2008
–2010 session)

The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open
Society Institute (OSI), joins with Central European University (CEU) to
announce the Justice Initiative Fellows Program for 2008-2010. The aim
of the program is to support and further develop a network of lawyers
and activists working internationally on human rights-related issues.
Since its inception in 1996, 155 fellows have graduated from the Justice
Initiative’s Fellowship program.

The Justice Initiative Fellows Program is a two-year program of study
and practical work experience. Up to ten applicants will be selected to
participate in the 2008 program. Applicants from the following regions
and countries are eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former
Soviet Union, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and
Central/South America.

Applicants must be nominated by a non-governmental organization
concerned with human rights. The first year is spent at Central European
University, the second in the applicant’s home country, working with the
nominating NGO. 

The applicant 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. Upon selection, Fellows will be required to sign an agreement with
the Justice Initiative committing themselves to the program for two
The Justice Initiative Fellows will reside for one year in Hungary, at
the CEU 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 must fulfill the requirements of the Human Rights
Program at Central European University. During their stay at CEU, the
Fellows will also be placed in a three-month internship 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. The
financial conditions will be identical to CEU policies for full
scholarship students. 

The Justice Initiative 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, providing training and education,
etc. The Justice Initiative will pay a local salary during this 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 the applicant must mail his/her application to the CEU
Admissions Office (1051 Budapest, Nador u.9, Hungary). The applicant
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 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: Candidates living outside of the
testing region are required to submit official score reports (See CEU
recognized Language exams and score required
http://www.ceu.hu/admissions_apply.html ). For applicants from the
former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, language tests as
well as Legal Reasoning Test and Department essays will be carried out
by local Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute coordinators on March
1, 2008. For candidates outside this region the Admission exam will be
carried out via e mail on March 1st followed by interviews administered
at a later date. (See also http://www.ceu.hu/legal/admissions.html).

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

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 15, 2008. 

If you have questions regarding the first year of the program, please

Minna Johanna Vainio
Special Programs Coordinator, Legal Studies Department, Central European
University, Nádor u. 9, Budapest 1051, Tel: 361 327 3205,
e-mail:Vainiom@ceu.hu, web: http://www.ceu.hu/legal

For more information about the overall program and the second year
commitment, please contact: 

Anna Fischer
Fellows Program Coordinator at Justice Initiative, Oktober 6. u. 12,
Budapest 1051, Tel: 361 327 3108; fax: 361 327 3103; e-mail:
afischer@osi.hu, web: http://www.justiceinitiative..org 

For more information about this program please visit
http://www.justiceinitiative.org and

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The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open
Society Institute , 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 the following priority areas:
national criminal justice, international justice, freedom of information
and expression, and equality and citizenship. Its offices are in Abuja,
Budapest, and New York. 


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