nationalsecuritylaw student internship opportunity


Lawyers Alliance for World Security – Summer Fellowship for Law Student, Sponsored by the

World Security Institute & Lawyers Alliance for World Security

General Information: The Lawyers Alliance for World Security (LAWS) and World Security

Institute (WSI) are pleased to announce a joint summer intern program in Washington, D.C. for a

law student with a strong interest in national security, nuclear arms control, nonproliferation and

foreign affairs. The Fellow selected will work at the World Security Institute office at 1779

Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 615, Washington, D.C. 20036, which is close to Dupont

Circle and the Metro Red Line.

LAWS , a program of WSI, is an association of lawyers dedicated to supporting the non-proliferation

regime; reduced reliance on nuclear weapons; the rule of law in the national security area, and

strengthening U.S. security through international cooperation and regional and multilateral arms

control and national security treaties. LAWS has often joint-ventured with the Center for

Defense Information (CDI), a division of the World Security Institute, in support of arms control

treaties; opposing the militarization of space, and in calling attention to the several

environmental risks connected with the missile defense program. Most recently, LAWS’ board

members have authored short legal analyses of several national security hot topics, including the

Article X limits on withdrawal from the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the new U.S.-

India nuclear cooperation agreement.

Job Description: The LAWS/WSI summer Fellow will be supported and encouraged by LAWS/WSI staff, but will be expected to work independently on his/her project. They will have the flexibility to come up with and follow through on their own research project, which could be published in The Defense Monitor – CDI’s regular print publication – the LAWS/CDI website, or another publication of the student’s choice. Research topics and publications vary each summer. Last summer’s fellow explored Nuclear Weapons Free Zones and published in The Defense Monitor. The 2010 Fellow researched legal issues surrounding the use of conventional and nuclear weapons against Iran and the possibility of Iran’s withdrawal from the NPT. He presented his findings at a conference of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and published the work in Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Journal on Nuclear Weapons. The Fellow will receive $1,000/month stipend for the months of June, July and August. Other previous subject areas have included:

• Legal questions pertaining to property rights in space, mining on planets, private space

stations, etc.; and

• Space debris regulations, with a focus on anti-satellite weaponization and/or debris

liability, perhaps looking at the Chinese demolition of their own satellite and resulting

hazards interfering with the peaceful use of space.

• The impact of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and the related U.N. Security

Council resolutions dealing with nonproliferation goals such as stemming North Korea’s

nuclear ambitions.

• Research and analysis of verification systems set out in earlier arms control treaties, in an

effort to determine which systems contain viable approaches that could be included in the development of treaty language as an element of the nuclear disarmament treaty contemplated in the Global Zero action plan.

Skills Required: Strong writing, editing, and legal research skills.

Education requirements: Current law school student with a strong interest in national security

policy and foreign affairs

Eligibility: The LAWS/WSI summer internship is open to current law school students with a

strong interest in national security policy and foreign affairs. Strong writing capabilities, prior

experience in the LAWS/WSI issue areas through related course work or work experience, and

solid computer skills are appreciated.

How to Apply: We will be accepting applications until May 15 of each year; however, we

encourage applicants to send their resumes as quickly as possible to ensure our consideration.

The projected start date for this position is June 1 running through August 31 (flexible).

A complete application includes: e-mail address; resume; cover letter; writing sample (3-5

pages in length is sufficient); transcripts of your law school courses and grades; two letters of

recommendation; your country of citizenship and, if not the United States, the availability of

appropriate work authorization.

Electronic material: Any materials available electronically ideally may be sent by e-mail as long

as they bear the name of the candidate. The subject line should contain the following: "Summer

2011 LAWS/WSI Internship.”

Please send all materials to: Professor Stephen Dycus, Vermont Law School, Chelsea Street

South Royalton, VT 05068, Or, by e-mail: sdycus.

More Information: For more information on the World Security Institute and the Lawyers

Alliance for World Security, please visit our Web sites:, or

LAWS Fellowship Announcement.doc


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