Global Child Law Fellowship 2021-22
Global Child Law Fellowship Program is looking for child rights advocates from local non-governmental organizations and research institutions in developing countries. The Fellowship aims to nurture legal professionals in developing countries to use legal means to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Fellowship is a long-term sustainable mechanism with an annual program to support the Fellows to grow into child law experts and become future child law mentors who can in turn help other legal professionals in the cause of protecting children’s rights. With concerted efforts, a global community of child law experts is expected to be built among the Fellows and other legal professionals.
Upon completion of the Fellowship, outstanding Fellows will be selected and provided with further financial and other supports for advocacy work in the years ahead, including funding resources from countries around the world, especially from China.
1. Fellowship Stipend
The Global Child Law Fellows receive a stipend of US$2,000 for the duration of their Fellowship 2021-22. The stipend is to assist research efforts and advocacy work of child rights for one year, including local travel expenses, survey cost and conference expenditures.
2. Fellowship Components
- Mentorship: Each Fellow is provided with a mentor to carry out on-line communications and explore best practices of child rights advocacy.
- Seminars: Quarterly on-line seminars will be organized by mentors and staff from CLIA. Each quarter, Fellows are introduced to the skills and perspectives required as leaders of local child rights advocacy.
- Community: Socialize with like-minded peer groups through on-line communications to share success stories and challenges each faces in the course of children’s rights protection.
- Background in law is required; specialization in child law is preferred.
- A minimum of 2 years’ legal practice or policy advocacy in children’s rights protection.
- Priority consideration will be given to candidates with legal qualifications, such as a law license which is permitted to practice in a country or region.
- Priority consideration will be given to candidates who have hands-on experience in litigation concerning children’s rights protection, or have participated in children’s rights advocacy activities.
Applicants must also ensure that your organizations have no less than five (5) years’ experience in children’s rights protection with a nationwide good reputation.
2. Application Materials
- A short prospectus summarizing your organization’s achievements to date.
- Personal statement addressing your background and interest in child law.
- A resume with your experience and accomplishments in child rights protection.
- The copy of your law license or other credentials.
Deadline: June 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm Beijing time.
About the Organization
The Fellowship is organized by Child Law International Alliance (CLIA) and Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Centre (BCLARC).
CLIA is a Geneva-based, non-profit association established in 2019 under Swiss laws with the support of BCLARC. It seeks to enhance cooperation among child advocacy organizations across the globe and coordinate the sharing of knowledge, skills, and expertise in the children’s rights protection field. CLIA devotes itself to helping countries around the world to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, especially to facilitating the process of the Convention’s provisions being written into substantive laws in each nation.
BCLARC is a non-governmental organization established in 1999 with the vision of building a society where justice is accessible for every child. Since 2011, BCLARC has been in special consultative status with the ECOSOC and working on advocacy of child rights on the international stage. It is devoted to increasing children’s access to justice.