Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Volunteer Opportunity - IMPOWR

The ABA Section of International Law has partnered with the Law Library of Congress and Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw website to launch a new website called IMPOWR (International Models Project on Women’s Rights). The website will be composed of country pages that cover topics such as: CEDAW status, civic life, healthcare, marriage and family relations, economic and social life, crimes and violence, and access to justice. These topics will be further divided into several subtopics such as current state of the law, law reform efforts and projects, effect of local customs and traditions on implementation and enforcement of law reforms, and the role of local NGOs in obtaining and implementing law reforms.

The project is still in the very early stages and the ABA is seeking volunteers to assist with providing links and other information. Volunteers will be able to choose a jurisdiction or possibly a topic over several jurisdictions, so those with foreign languages skills are especially welcome!

There are several ways to become involved as a volunteer, such as serving as a contributing editor (conducting research for the database) or content reviewer, writing articles for the IMPOWR virtual journal, or helping with outreach.

This would be a great opportunity for law students interested in women's rights and international law to gain research experience and to deepen substantive knowledge of these areas of law while also contributing to a legal research database that will be available for free to the public. To sign up, click here.

Hat tip to Mabel Shaw, Assistant International & Foreign Law Librarian at Georgetown, for bringing this announcement to our attention.