The GSICS Program for Careers in International Organizations focuses 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 .

Career Seminars

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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 Organizations

Three 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 Initiativeh [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

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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)

Detailed information is available on the Program website in Japanese:
http://www.edu.kobe-u.ac.jp/gsics-kk-program/

Program for Careers in International Organizations
GSICS, Kobe University

2-1 Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe, 657-8501, Japan
Tel&Fax: 078-803-7118
E-mail: gsics-kk-program[at]edu[dot]kobe-u[dot]ac[dot]jp