If you’re interested in using your law degree to work in the field of human rights then why not consider adding to your knowledge and contact base as well as giving your CV a boost at the same time by joining the Justice Student Human Rights Network?
The organisation also offers opportunities to undertake an internship in the summer after graduating with your law degree so the earlier you get involved the better equipped you’ll be to be able to make an outstanding application.
Click here to find out more about the JSHRN.
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has launched the third Jacques Leroy International Prize – Business and Human Rights for law students under 30 with the theme The Jurist and the Development of Human Rights in the Business World. The closing date is 30 June 2012.
Law students and trainee solicitors are invited to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition. This year’s essay title is: ‘In the light of the growing prison population should we look for alternatives to imprisonment?’.
Find out more and apply. The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March 2012.
Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, worldwide.
Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director has been awarded the Judges’ Special Beacon Prize for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement 2010 – a prize described by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the ‘Nobel Prize of the charity world’.
Reprieve recruits volunteers – see reprieve for more information.
If you’re interested in Human Rights Law, see The Guardian’s Human Rights section.
Read ‘The rights stuff‘ article on Lawyer2B
An Innocence Project is a group of students investigating the case of a convicted person maintaining innocence who has exhausted the initial appeals process. Innocence projects work under academic supervision and with pro bono legal assistance from a practising lawyer where appropriate.
Want to find out more?
Take a look at the Howard League’s website. The key issues area will give you an overview of current problems facing penal reform and what the Howard League is doing about them. You can also read the Director, Frances Crook’s blog, which is considered to be the leading contemporary voice on criminal justice matters.
You can find information ontheir award-winning legal work, campaigning student groups and ground-breaking enquiry into former armed service personnel in prison, by checking out the area titled ‘Our Work’. With new films on membership, the Community Sentences Cut Crime campaign and U R Boss project the website is fully interactive and a great way to learn about the work of the world’s oldest penal reform charity.