CORNELL LAW SCHOOL'S CENTER ON THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE HIRING CLINICAL TEACHING FELLOW.
Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year J.D. program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LL.M. program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the Lawyering program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.
The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide aims to bridge critical gaps in research and advocacy around the death penalty. Through its web-based database, it provides comprehensive, transparent data regarding death penalty laws and practices in the 87 countries and territories that retain capital punishment. The Center also publishes reports and manuals on issues of practical relevance to defense lawyers, governments, courts and organizations grappling with questions relating to the application of the death penalty, particularly in the global south. In collaboration with the Cornell International Human Rights and Capital Punishment Clinics, it engages in targeted litigation and advocacy focusing on the implementation of international fair trial standards and the rights of those who come into conflict with the law, including juveniles, women, and individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses. Another focus of the Center’s work is training: every summer, the Center hosts the Makwanyane Institute, which brings together lawyers from around the world for an intensive, 10-day training on capital case representation. Our work is collaborative in nature, and we partner with many individuals and organizations around the world to help build local capacity to protect the rights of those facing the death penalty.
Cornell Law School is seeking applications for the position of Clinical Teaching Fellow for a two-year appointment beginning in summer 2018. The fellow will work primarily with Professor Sandra Babcock and staff at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. The Fellow will help teach and supervise clinic students on projects relating to the rights of prisoners facing the death penalty around the world, self-determination in Western Sahara and the Occupied Golan, representation of persons on death row in the United States, and other human rights projects. The Fellow will also be involved in an annual training institute for African capital defense lawyers.
Substantial international travel is required. Ideal candidates will have at least two years of experience in the field of capital litigation or criminal defense, as well as experience in the field of international human rights. Candidates with strong foreign language skills (French, Spanish, or Arabic) are especially encouraged to apply. A law degree (JD or foreign equivalent) plus US bar admission is required.
Interested applicants should submit a CV and letter of interest by February 20 via: