FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2012
MSU Law Announces Inaugural Externships through Talsky Center for Human Rights; March 13 Application Deadline
East Lansing, MI — The Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children at Michigan State University College of Law is now accepting applications for its inaugural international externships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
The ICTY is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. Since its establishment in 1993, the ICTY has irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and provided victims with an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced.
The ICTR is a United Nations court of law established for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law that were committed in the territory of Rwanda in 1994. The ITCR also contributes to the process of national reconciliation in Rwanda and to maintenance of peace in the region.
Externship participants will be selected from the list of eligible applicants by the director of the Talsky Center and the dean of the Law College, based on the following factors: commitment to furthering international human rights, academic achievement, and personal qualities consistent with the student’s ability to serve as an outstanding representative of the Talsky Center and MSU College of Law. Grants are available for up to $5,000 per student.
Completed applications must be submitted to a Law College Career Services Office advisor (Paul Edwards, Kristen Hintz, or Naomi Gaynor Neilsen) by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The application for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is available at www.icty.org/sid/113. The application for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is available at www.unictr.org/tabid/122/default.aspx.
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher as of the date of application. Students must have earned a grade of B or higher in a course in either international human rights or public international law at MSU College of Law or another accredited law school. Students may be enrolled in the course at the time of application, but must successfully complete the requirement prior to the externship. Those who fail to complete the requirement will have their application withdrawn or invalidated. It is likely that the fall 2012 externship will be combined with a paper or similar activity so that a minimum of 12 credits will be awarded.
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