The GSICS Program for Careers in International Organizations completes its third year, with more career seminars and more graduate students' participation in internships with international organizations.
The current focus of the program is on development of a curriculum especially for legal officers whose expertise is in international law.
The Program offers financial support for students taking part in internships with international organizations. It also offers classes organized by those who currently work in international organizations. During its first year, the Program organized a number of seminars by experts working in international organizations or working closely with international organizations. The full details of these seminars as well as all the activities of this Programare available on the Program website in Japanese .
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The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland) is presenting its scholarships and study programs at the GSICS, Kobe University (12 Nov. 2010).
Numerous career seminars are organized throughout the year. The seminar speakers in the past include officers and employees of UNESCO, the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Organization for Migration, and the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor.
There was also a series of seminars for Japanese graduate students to enhance their writing, listening and speaking skills in English.
GSICS alumni who currently work in international organizations also hold career advice seminars. Currently a career advice seminar is planned on 30 May 2011 by an associate expert working in the Inter-American Development Bank.
Internships with International OrganizationsThree graduate students' internships won the financial support of the Program in 2011: internship in the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity(Montreal, Canada); internship in UN Office for Drugs and Organized Crimes (Bangkok, Thailand); internship in UN-HABITAT (Nairobi, Kenya). Six graduate students enjoyed this support offered by this Program in 2010. One of them was a six-month internship in the Legal Advisor's Office of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] (The Hague, Netherlands). In 2009, five graduate students took advantage of the financial support for internships in 2009. Two doctoral students spent approximately six months in the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR] (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Montreal, Canada), respectively. Others including graduate students in the master's course spent two to three months in the Victims Unit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia assisted by the U.N. Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research [UNIDIR] (Geneva, Switzerland), and the Secretariat of gEducation for All - Fast Track Initiativeh [FTI] (Washington, D.C., United States) hosted by the World Bank, respectively.
Such internships for graduate students are an important step in their career development. The graduate student who worked in the FTI Secretariat now works as a World Bank consultant. The graduate student who worked in the OPCW subsequently obtained another internship in SEESAC-UNDP Serbia (Belgrade). Another graduate student obtained a one-year contract as a research assistant for the Special Rapporteur for Disability after her initial internship with OHCHR.
Model Case for Legal Officers
The courses in English conducted in 2010-2011 were Law of the International Civil Service, International Human Rights Law, Multilateral Treaty Negotiation, International Coopertaion Law and Special Lecture on International Cooperation Law (international institutional law). Courses on International Criminal Law and Special Lecture on international Cooperation Law (law of the sea) will also be organized in 2011-2012.
(Left: Course on international investment law by Professor Armand de Mestral, McGill University, in 2009)
Seminar Series and Lectures
"Careers in International Organizations" (Lectures in Japanese, presentations and discussions in English)
In April 2011, Teruo Jinnai, former head of UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) organized two intensive courses: "Careers in international Organizations" and "Management in International Organizations."Follow-up sessions are planned in Phnom Penh in September, which consist of lectures by and interviews of personnel working in international organizations there.
Career seminar by officers of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity
18 October 2010
"The Role of International Law and Lawyers in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) Negotiations: Canadian and Japanese Perspectives"
2 October 2008
The main speaker was Anne Daniel, General Counsel of the Public International Law Section of the Canadian Department of Justice. She has taken part in numerous negotiations of environmental and marine-related treaties as a member of the Canadian delegation. The examples include the past negotiations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter. She and the discussant, Professor Akiho Shibata of GSICS, discussed the role of international law and lawyers in negotiations dealing with multilateral environmental agreements, where both of them have extensive experience.
"Current State of Play in the Liability and Redress Negotiations under the Cartagena Protocol"
2 February 2009
The Convention on Biological Diversity has a protocol on biosafety, the Cartagena Protocol, which governs the international movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology. Mr. Lyle Glowka, the Senior Legal Advisor in the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, exposed the current state of play in the liability and redress negotiations under this Protocol. The issues that Mr. Glowka covered were later discussed by the Group of the Friends of the Co-Chairs at the end of February 2009, in Mexico City.
"Prosecuting War Crimes in International and Internationalized Courts"
5 February 2009
Beginning in the end of the twentieth century, an unprecedented growth of criminal justice bodies to prosecute war crimes and other international crimes was witnessed in the international community. This session introduced the audience to two such bodies: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, assisted by the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT). Dr. Nakako Onishi, associate professor of GSICS and an assistant legal officer of the ICTY, spoke about her tribunal as well as about some recent cases and their challenges. Mr. Ahmed Anees, Senior Assistant Prosecutor of the UNAKRT, spoke about recent developments concerning the Khmer Rouge trials. He was leading the prosecution teams in the cases of the two senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge at the time of this seminar.
Program for Careers in International Organizations
GSICS, Kobe University
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