Pro Bono Opportunity – UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict

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The United Nations Team of Experts on Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict (“Team”) was created by Security Council resolution 1888 (2009) to assist national authorities in strengthening the rule of law, with the aim of ensuring criminal accountability for perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence. The Team is the only dedicated Security Council mandated entity to provide this type of support on a global basis. It is based at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York and deploys regularly to the field in some of the world’s most challenging contexts. Team members have expertise in a variety of areas including international criminal law; human rights; policing and law enforcement; rule of law reform; reparations; transitional justice; and gender equality and nondiscrimination.


To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of its establishment, the Team, in collaboration with the Journal of International Criminal Justice, is producing a special issue of the Journal on “Justice and Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict: Progress and Challenges in National Efforts to Address Impunity.” The publication, which will be published in 2020, aims at bringing together the experiences of practitioners, academics, policymakers and diplomats who have been actively engaged in advancing accountability and justice for victims and survivors of conflict-related sexual violence through national justice institutions.


The Team is currently seeking two or three law students to serve as Pro Bono Scholars and assist with finalizing the articles for publication in the special issue. This assistance will include copyediting the selected articles, spot-checking and formatting citations, and some subject-matter research/analysis support. If there is interest, the Pro Bono Scholars can also help to organize and attend a symposium, which will likely be held in late spring 2020, in which selected authors and special guests will present their articles. The work can be completed remotely, with flexible hours, over the period of December 15, 2019 – January 30, 2020, with approximately 50 hours of work each. If there is interest, Scholars will be encouraged to visit the UN Headquarters and participate in Team events over the duration.


Pro Bono Scholars Qualifications: Open to LLMs and JDs. Strong English drafting skills are required. Experience working on academic publications and experience in international criminal law and/or domestic law relating to sexual violence is desirable.


To apply, please send a CV and brief cover letter to Marion Deniaud at marion.deniaud@un.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

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