State - Wayne Law announces new scholarship

The Program for International Legal Studies at Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce a summer internship scholarship program that will allow students to gain practical legal experience in Latin America, southeast and central Asia, Africa and Europe.

Funded by private donations, the International Law Public Interest Scholarship will allow students to travel abroad and work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world for two months during the summer after their first or second year at Wayne Law. Through the NGOs, the students will engage in advocacy on a broad range of issues including human rights, environment, women's rights, law reform and more.

"These internships will give our students incredibly exciting opportunities to work on the front lines of legal advocacy and reform in countries facing enormous challenges," said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Studies. "They will take what they have learned in the classroom and put it to practical use, helping others and gaining valuable international experience."

Partner organizations include:

* People's Watch - India.

* ABA Rule of Law Initiative - Georgia and Kyrgtzstan.

* Kilimanjaro Women's Information and Exchange Consultancy Organization - Tanzania.

* The Crisis Centre - Bahamas.

* Beijing Juvenile Legal Aid & Research Center - China.

* Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis - Kenya.

* Center for Legal Assistance of Pollution Victims - China.

* Asociación ANDES - Peru.

* Human Rights Law Services (HURILAWS) - Nigeria.

* Gisha - Israel.

* Legal Assistance Centre - Namibia.

* Empower - Malaysia.

According to Fox, the overall goal of this program is to establish permanent ties with and offer ongoing legal advice to partner organizations throughout the world while at the same time providing Wayne Law students with unique practical experience in international law.

Students must submit applications by March 22, 2010 to be considered for the International Law Public Interest Scholarship. A Wayne Law committee will work with the partner organizations to match qualified applicants with appropriate organizations. Each of the selected interns, funded at $5,000, will be notified of their placement in early April.

For information on how to give to this program, contact the Wayne Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (313) 577-3113.

Visit the Program for International Studies online at

The last forum in the program's Winter 2010 Speaker Series will be held April 7.

"This is a remarkable group of internationally-known experts and Wayne State is proud to host such a prestigious series," said Fox. "Each of these talks is on an issue very much in the news, so the talks should be an exciting mix of scholarly insight and commentary on fast-moving current events."

"The Prospects for a New International Agreement on Climate Change"

April 7, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.

Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School

Dan Bodansky, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia Law School

Lunch will be served.

For more information regarding the event, contact Holly Hughes at (313) 577-3620 or at

Published: Tue, Mar 23, 2010