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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law


Summer 2016 Law and Ethics Fellowship for Law Students

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications for its 2016 law program. FASPE Law uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study of contemporary legal ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of law today.

FASPE Law is designed for students intending to become practicing attorneys, whether in the private sector, with public interest organizations, or the government. Ten to 15 Fellows will be chosen for the 2016 program, which will run from Friday, May 20 through Thursday, June 2. All program costs, including travel to Europe from New York and back, European travel, lodging, and food are covered. FASPE Law is part of a program offering fellowships in several professional fields. Law Fellows travel and share some seminars with Journalism and Business Fellows.

FASPE programs are non-denominational. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Completed applications are due by January 5, 2016. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at

Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law - Summer Internship Program 2015


The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) is accepting applications for the Center’s 2015 Summer Internship Program. The program aims to increase students’ theoretical and practical understanding of work towards preservation of rule of law values in the face of the changing nature of warfare. Interns in the program will work as a team under the supervision of CERL’s leadership, and will participate in CERL’s activities to the greatest extent possible. They will engage, inter alia, in research on issues of national security law and policy, preparation of CERL’s forthcoming academic publications: “Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority” and “The Weighing of Lives in War; Combatants and Civilians in the Jus in Bello”, planning and organization of CERL’s conferences, managing and updating CERL’s website, and drafting of position statements to Congress and other governmental or private institutions.  

Application Process

Law students, as well as graduate students from other disciplines related to CERL’s mission interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, national security or the law and morality of war are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, and names of two referees. Potential candidates for the program will be scheduled for interviews (by phone or in person), and offers of internship will be extended to six selected candidates on a rolling basis. The internship program will run for eight weeks, from June 1, 2015 to July 27, 2015. Applications for the Summer Internship Program may be submitted by email to

Goals and Benefits of the Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program is a part of CERL’s commitment to produce the next generation of ethical and legal scholars devoted to the preservation and promotion of rule of law values. CERL does not provide funding for the Summer Internship Program, however, students will be given academic credit for their full attendance and successful completion of the program’s requirements. Students may also receive supervision on a paper in an area relevant to CERL’s mission or conferences. In addition, CERL will hold weekly lunches for the students, the majority of which will be attended by prominent guest speakers from the academia, military, government or the private sector (either in person or via Skype). These meetings will be dedicated to discussing the recent developments in national security law and policy, and the work in progress of the students writing academic papers.