Diplomatic Din: An Internship in Human Rights Advocacy
France, David M.
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During the winter of 1981, I served as a research intern at the International League for Human Rights, bearing the title of Research Officer. A major administrative element of my League internship consisted in the conducting of preliminary and foundational research on various topics for the League's Executive Director. These were generally three to four day assignments on the functional aspects of international bodies, or on precedents set in international law. The research was generally expected to take the format of a broad survey, and was delivered to the Executive Director orally at weekly staff meetings. But the majority of the research that I conducted was not of this sort; the two studies on which I worked, both agreed upon by the Board of Directors, were intended for the purpose of circulation and, perhaps, publication. In pursuing my research, I relied heavily on the minimal holding in the League's library, the documents and publications available at the UN Secretariat Library, and the holdings of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as well as various other non-governmental organizations such as the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International (AI), the Council on Foreign Relations, the PEN American Center, and Internet.