How to Apply

The Kovler Project Against Torture is now accepting applications its Fall 2020 Practicum: Torture Prohibition in International Law.  The practicum is an experiential learning opportunity where under the guidance of faculty, students are responsible for providing strategic advice to the United Nations Committee against Torture through its chairperson and country rapporteurs on States’ compliance with the extensive obligations laid down in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

 

The practicum prepares students to effectively advise the Committee on the human rights records of countries appearing before the Committee. Students will prepare questions posed to State Parties on potential areas of non-compliance with the CAT, ultimately helping to inform and shape the Committee’s Concluding Observations and Recommendations. This educational process is evaluated throughout the semester in D.C., and in Geneva, Switzerland, where students will work as special assistants to the Committee Chairperson during the first week of CAT sessions.

Applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, and cover letter addressing their motivation for applying to the Kovler Project Against Torture. Cover letters may also address any past human rights advocacy experience, language skills, and a brief description of other significant time commitments during Fall 2020, such as journal, internships, or other extracurricular commitments. There is no formal prohibition on participating in both the WCL Clinical Program and the Kovler Project. Please direct any inquiries to the respective program contacts.

Applications should be addressed to Claudio Grossman grossman@wcl.american.edu and Katherine Holcombe kholcomb@wcl.american.edu with “KPAT Application” in the subject line by February 8th 11:59 pm.  An information session on the Kovler Project presented by the 2019 participants will take place on Thursday, January 30th from 12:00 – 1:00 in Yuma 403. Food will be provided.

"The fight against torture is a struggle which requires all the knowledge and skills we can gather. The Kovler Project is making a vital contribution by equipping talented students of law with the knowledge and skills needed to make strong contributions to the fight against torture."

Dr. Jens Modvig, UN Committee against Torture Chairperson