2015–2016 Human Rights Brief
Junior Staff Application
The Human Rights Brief (HRB) is seeking applications from dedicated and personally motivated students to join the Junior Staff of WCL’s most dynamic student publication. While working with the HRB, students are provided the opportunity to hone their legal analysis, writing, and editing skills in close collaboration with experienced editors; attend and report on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings; network with practitioners working on human rights issues around the world; and cultivate a community of like-minded students. HRB Junior Staff members play a major role in creating and editing original content as well as contributing to the Brief’s expanded web presence. All HRB Junior Staff are required to complete forty office hours during the academic year, twenty per semester, and assist with coverage of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings, which take place during the academic year in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
There are four junior staff roles:
All 1L, 2L, 3L, 4L, and LL.M. students who will attend WCL for the entire 2015–2016 academic year are eligible to apply.
APPLICATION DEADLINES & LOGISTICS
Applications are due via email to email@example.com by 11:59 PM on Tuesday September 8, 2015. Please put “Junior Staff Application” in the subject line. We will notify you by Sunday, September 13 if you have been selected for an interview. All interviews will take place the following week, starting on Monday, September 14. There will be a mandatory orientation on Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM. If you have a legitimate conflict with this date, please let us know so we can prepare an alternate option (NOTE: This will not in any way affect your application). In addition, there will be mandatory small team meetings in advance of orientation during the week of September 15.
We look forward to receiving your applications. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION MATERIALS & PROMPT
Please see attached source PDF entitled HRB Application and HRB Application Materials for all of the materials needed to answer the question presented below.
Please answer the prompt using only the documents provided in the attached PDF. Do not do any outside research or draw on personal knowledge of other human rights documents. Your response should be no more than 400 words. There is no right or wrong answer—we are looking for how well you write and support your argument as opposed to the specific conclusion you draw. Proper BlueBook citations are not necessary, but please use footnotes to identify any sources. It is not necessary to use every source. Please save your column in the following format: [your last name]_column application.doc.
Violence against women is an on-going global problem. Individuals and communities throughout Latin America continue to protest and fight back against this issue, commonly referred to as femicide. Consider what international human rights obligations, if any, Latin American countries have to respond to violence against women. Please conduct a full legal analysis in 400 words and refer only to the sources provided in this exercise for both background information and legal analysis.
Please base your argument solely on the international treaties and other attached sources.