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Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship

Exclusively for Penn Law graduates, this innovative post-graduate fellowship, awarded annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest career, supports a year of work at the United Nations Development Programe/ Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team, United Nations, New York.
Background on the Fellowship

Penn Law is committed to supporting its students who seek international public interest careers. To that end, the Law School, in partnership with Chubb Charitable Foundation, has created the Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship. The Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship is designed to give exceptional young lawyers the chance to work with senior experts in the field of rule of law. This innovative post-graduate fellowship, awarded annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing an international public-interest career, supports a year of work at the United Nations Development Programe/ Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team, United Nations, New York beginning in May 2018. Penn Law is committed to helping our students succeed by providing application support to secure an appropriate placement.

At the end of their fellowship, Chubb Fellows are encouraged to apply for the Chubb Rule of Law funding that will help support a program on the ground in collaboration with local, national and/or international partners.  

How it Works

Penn Law JD graduates may apply for this Fellowship during their last year of law school, or within three years of their law school graduation.

Applications are due in the Fall, with the selected Fellow announced by February.  The twelve-month fellowship term begins in May of each year.

Final selections of the Chubb Rule of Law Fellow will be made by the RoLISHR Team. Under direct supervision of the RoLJSHR Team Leader or designated Policy Advisor, and in close collaboration with the RoLJSHR team, the Chubb Rule of Law Fellow will fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Contribute to UNDP policy and programme development and knowledge management including through preparation of reports, briefs, knowledge products and other policy or programme related materials.
  • Provide support to the newly set up Rule of Law Programme in the Office of the Secretary General.
  • Support the provision of enhanced system-wide rule of law assistance to UN country offices.
  • Under the guidance of the relevant desk officers, provide backstopping support in key thematic areas related to justice and human rights, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Humanitarian-Development Nexus, and Conflict Prevention.
  • Assist with the process of producing the Annual Report on the Global Programme, as well as support the planning, hosting, and follow up for the UNDP Annual States Parties Meeting on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights. As one of the few global level events within the UN system dedicated exclusively for a wide range of stakeholders to shape the targeted discussion on rule of law assistance and impact, the Fellow will be helping to inform one of the most important high- level rule of law global discussions and help shape UNDP’s flagship Rule of Law Report measuring the development of the Rule of Law globally.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as determined by the RoLJSHR Team Leader.
Fellowship Support

The Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship, funded by the Chubb Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 and extended in 2017 to create new pathways for students to build careers in international rule of law and human rights.