Partnership creates opportunities in global rule of law and human rights

This innovative post-graduate fellowship supports a year of work at the United Nations Development Programe/Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team.

Penn Law has announced a new partnership for its Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship, a prestigious post-graduate fellowship awarded annually to a Penn Law student or recent graduate pursuing a public-interest career in international rule of law and human rights. The 2018 Chubb Rule of Law Fellow will be placed with the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights (RoLJSHR) team at the United Nations in New York.

The new Fellowship, which is funded by the Chubb Charitable Foundation, will support a year of work with the UNDP’s RoLJSHR team at the United Nations in New York, beginning in May 2018. The RoLJSHR unit is the main operational and financial instrument for UNDP globally engaging in justice, security, and human rights activities in crisis-affected and fragile contexts and special development situations. Drawing on some of UNDP’s most innovative rule of law programs in these instances, it has sought to expand such experiences to assist UNDP Country Offices to develop multi-year, comprehensive rule of law policies and programs that respond rapidly and effectively to the needs on the ground.

“Our new partnership with the UNDP is an important development for the Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship and will give an exceptional Penn Law graduate a unique opportunity to work with senior United Nations experts in the field of rule of law,” said Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at Penn Law. “The Fellow will receive the training, skills, expertise, and exposure to rule of law programming and policies around the world to continue to expand his or her career following the fellowship.”

“All of us at Chubb are proud of the Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship, which provides distinguished and committed Penn Law graduating students with an opportunity to begin their careers developing legal institutions world-wide that advance the rule of law and the cause of fundamental human rights,” said Joseph Wayland, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Chubb Limited.

Along with working closely with member states, the Fellow will engage in the UNDP Annual Meeting on Strengthening the Rule of Law. As one of the few global level events within the U.N. system dedicated exclusively to a wide range of stakeholders shaping 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 to shape UNDP’s flagship Rule of Law Report measuring the development of the Rule of Law globally.

Established in 2012, the Fellowship creates new pathways for students to build careers in international rule of law and human rights. At a time when the U.N. is focusing on the pivotal importance of public/ private partnerships, the Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship plays the dual role of strengthening the rule of law and creating new public private/partnerships at the U.N. and in the world.

A historical leader in teaching international and comparative law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School has built upon this foundation over the past several years to create an international program offering unrivaled opportunities for students to gain firsthand experience with what it means to practice law in an international setting and to pursue careers that make a difference in the world.

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded P&C insurance company and the largest commercial insurer in the U.S. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company, through its charitable foundation, supports the Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship.

UNDP’s Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights (RoLJSHR) has supported comprehensive rule of law programs in approximately 40 crisis-affected situations, with a total programming value of over USD 235 million, and its third programmatic phase was launched in 2016. The RoLJSHR team is responsible for the implementation of the RoLJSHR Global Programme, as well as practice/policy development in the areas of rule of law, justice and security as they relate to crisis prevention and recovery in conflict and disaster settings. The RoLJSHR team also leads UNDP’s engagement with the Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO), as the Global Focal Point of Justice, Police and Corrections, which was established in 2012 and has been increasingly operational in recent years.

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