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Quinta Jurecic
Monday, July 11, 2016, 12:14 PM

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Monday, July 11th at 2pm: At the Brookings Institution, Shibley Telhami and William Galston will discuss Orlando, the Middle East, and the U.S. Election, focusing on Mr. Telhami's two new public opinion surveys on American attitudes towards the Middle East. Tamara Cofman Wittes will moderate the discussion. RSVP here.

Tuesday, July 12th at 5:30pm: The Brookings Institution will host a conversation between General John Allen and author Phil Klay on The Citizen-Soldier: The Evolving Role of the Soldier and the State. Register for the event here.

Wednesday, July 13th at 2pm: At the New America Foundation, Matt Duss and Zaha Hassan will discuss Palestine at a Crossroad: Are Multilateral Initiatives the Only Hope Left for the Cause of Peace? with Dr. Husam Zomlot, Ambassador-at-Large and Senior Advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. RSVP.

Thursday, July 14th at 9:30am: The Senate Committee on Armed Services will receive testimony on Cybersecurity and U.S. National Security from Kenneth L. Wainstein, Cyrus R. Vance, and John C. Inglis. More information available here.

Thursday, July 14th at 10am: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, with testimony from witnesses including Ambassador Anne Patterson, Brian Egan, and Michael Mukasey. More details here.

Friday, July 15th at 12pm: Ambassador Rob Ford, Charles Lister, Jessica Lewis McFate, and Douglas Ollivant will participate in a panel discussion on After Fallujah: Security, Governance, and the Next Battle Against ISIS, hosted by the Middle East Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Daniel Serwer will moderate. RSVP here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Intern

Organization: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Washington

FUNCTION: Legal Intern

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Place of employment: Washington



Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE: The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).

  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset

  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (student work permits are excluded)


Main Responsibilities

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (

  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.

  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor. He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Mackenzie Chernushin at Applications are due September 15th, 2016.

Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.

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