International Clinicians In Residence Programme!

Overview:

BABSEACLE [www.babseacle.org] seeks experienced university law school clinicians (or those with similar experience) to provide clinical legal education mentoring support through our International Clinicians In-Residence (ICIR) Programme to Myanmar University Law Departments in 2018 and 2019.

BABSEACLE (www.babseacle.org) is an international non-governmental legal education organization working to strengthen justice education and provide access to justice throughout Asia and globally.  Since 2003, BABSEACLE has been working collaboratively with universities, law students, legal institutions, governmental and NGO partners to develop and strengthen legal education clinics in Asia and worldwide.

 

BABSEACLE has a long history of facilitating, organizing, monitoring and evaluating the placement of international clinical legal education (CLE) experts with its partner universities throughout Asia. These individuals are often leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of CLE, access to justice and legal education.

 

 

 Together with placements for Myanmar’s Clinical Legal Educators abroad is the necessary and equally effective placement of international experts within Myanmar’s university law departments. Through its policies, procedures, reporting and evaluation systems, to ensure successful placements and accountable mentorship/supervision, BABSEACLE has placed more than 100 International Clinicians In-Residence (—CLE experts and legal professionals throughout Asia, including in Myanmar.

 

BABSEACLE’s well-established strategy and method for such placements is based on the following criteria:

 

The ICIRs must:

  • have a high level of English speaking, writing and listening skills.

  • be flexible and must have previously worked in developing CLE programmes in their own country and elsewhere (preferably countries in transition and when possible within countries in Asia.

  • commit to a minimum of one month placement with the host university.

  • have relevant and applicable working knowledge of CLE programmes similar to those established in Myanmar with both clients/community and classroom components.

     

In addition, BABSEACLE seeks ICIRs who: 

  • are from institutions with a demonstrated willingness to support CLE and legal education in Asia or elsewhere in the Global South.

  • are affiliated with associations that adhere to best practices, such as the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE), European Network on Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE), Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Association (SEACLEA), International Journal on Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) and Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA).

  • are prepared to volunteer their time. While not paid for their services, reasonable travel and living expenses will be covered by the project, including round-trip air fare to Yangon from their country of origin, if they or their home university are unable to cover it.

  • have their institution’s permission and support to take time from their regular semester duties or are able to take leave (sabbatical, emeritus, etc.).

     

    Once placed, ICIRs will be requested to:

  • provide weekly time logs and/or reflective journals.

  • present a brief (2-5 page) narrative of their experience, upon completion of placement, including thoughts on what is workable in Myanmar/host institution long- and short-term; and identify materials and resources that they see as helpful to CLE in Myanmar.

  • attempt to foster greater bilateral ties, including exploring ways for the ICIR’s institution to independently support (technically and/or financially) future CLE partnership initiatives.

 

The ICIR and host university are also requested to: 

  • collaboratively develop work plans and objectives prior to placement.

  • complete a mid-placement review to ensure the clinicians and hosts are both achieving shared objectives.

  • prepare an end-of-placement review.

     

BABSEACLE will attempt to identify suitable persons who are able to fit dates corresponding to Myanmar university semesters (December-March and June-September, with the last month of each semester devoted to exams). As well, workshops and trainings are often held during the April-May break. In 2018-19, we are aiming for placements outside Yangon, at two universities that are in the process of bolstering their externship and community legal education programmes.

 

While ICIRs are formally placed at one specific host institution, they will be strongly encouraged to provide support to other university CLE programmes located near the host institution

 

Application:

Applicants should email a cover letter and CV (subject line: “ICIR Programme”) to:

 

Stephen Rosenbaum, Senior Legal Support Officer (srosenbaum@babseacle.org) and

Kyaw Htin, Programme Development Manager (kyaw.htin@babseacle.org)

Please be sure to describe your international experience and include your preferred dates of travel. 

Inquiries welcome.

 

 Deadline: 1 March 2018