Career Opportunities

About ASIL The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, D.C. The mission of ASIL is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

The American Society of International Law is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We value a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Current Openings at ASIL

FLSA Classification: Exempt

The American Society of International Law ("ASIL" or "the Society"), the premier membership organization in the field of international law, seeks an experienced, hands-on professional to serve as its Director of Publications and Research. Founded in 1906, ASIL's mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

Summary: The Director of Publications and Research oversees the ASIL Publications Department and ASIL research projects. This includes the American Journal of International Law (AJIL), AJIL Unbound, International Legal Materials (ILM), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (Proceedings), ASIL InsightsInternational Law in Brief (ILIB), and Proceedings of the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs. Duties include substantive legal research, writing, editing, oral presentations, managing staff (fellows/interns/consultants), and overseeing the publications budget. This position reports to the Deputy Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the ASIL relationship with Cambridge University Press (CUP) in regard to the production of the AJIL, ILM,and Proceedings. Serve as point of contact for all communication with CUP and the AJIL Board of Editors on matters of print, publication, and marketing.
  • Oversee production of ILM, including the document selection process, author solicitation, substantive review of introductory notes, and coordination with CUP for copyediting and production. Review issues for proper type setting and proofing prior to print.
  • Serve as Managing Editor of ASIL Insightsand oversee submissions, the editorial process, editor meetings, copyediting, and posting articles.
  • Research and monitor current developments in international law. Write and post summaries of developments for ILIB.
  • Manage the Publications Department budget.
  • Oversee, undertake, and support international law research projects and reports in coordination with the ASIL Department of Education.
  • Supervise production of other ASIL publications, including IHL Dialogs.
  • Hire and manage interns, external consultants, and the ASIL Publications Fellow.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: BA/BS and J.D. or the equivalent. Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of international law. Strong legal research and writing skills, including journal or other editorial experience. The American Society of International Law is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We value a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Compensation: ASIL offers a competitive salary, generous benefits package, and an interesting, collegial work environment. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter with resume, references, and writing sample to jobs@asil.org. Please put "Director of Publications and Research" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Additional Career Opportunities through ASIL

Established in 2004, the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad.

Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of "micro-grants" for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts, and scholars of international law. The fellowships are intended to help cover for travel, housing, living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow's fieldwork and research.

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The ASIL International Law Fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain up to a year of professional experience working on ASIL publications and the development and implementation of its research, education, and outreach programs. The positions are full-time and typically of a 6-month duration. Fellows work with their supervisor to identify areas of professional interest that can be developed while working at Tillar House. They also have the opportunity to select and attend various internationally themed events in the active D.C. international community. Fellows are eligible for a one-time, $2,500 travel stipend, but the position is otherwise unpaid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and obtain alternative sources of funding. Fellowships typically start in January, April, July, and October.

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Start Your Career with an ASIL Internship. ASIL offers students opportunities to become involved with its work while learning first-hand about the field of international law. See descriptions below of the specific internship positions available with the Society and how to apply. All positions are based at ASIL's Washington, DC, headquarters and generally require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and usually more during the summer. All internships are unpaid; however, interns may be eligible to earn academic credit through their school. During their internship, participants are encouraged both to attend ASIL events and to take advantage of the plethora of programs in international law and foreign relations that the DC area provides.

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Additional Career Resources

The longest running formal career development resource at ASIL, the Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law is an invaluable publication for everyone from pre-law majors to current lawyers looking to move into the practice of international law. Available for over 15 years, the guide has always included personal insights into the practice of international law from global leaders in the field.

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The ASIL Job Board is a place where members of the international law community are invited to submit news of jobs and/or internships for which ASIL members might apply. Access to the jobs and internships listed on the Job Board is available to ASIL members and faculty and students at ASIL's Academic Partner schools. Questions about the Job Board should be directed to the ASIL Service Center at services@asil.org or +1-202-939-6001.

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