University of Minnesota

The Cram-Dalton Award

Academic Year 2007-08




International Women’s Rights Action Watch

Human Rights Center

University of Minnesota


The International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW), a program affiliated with the Human Rights Center, offers a one-year Cram-Dalton Award to an outstanding student who is interested in international women’s human rights.  The award supports a legal project assistant position with the IWRAW program, supervised by IWRAW Director Marsha Freeman.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

2L or 3L student status for academic 2007-08

Excellent Law School and undergraduate academic record

Excellent research and writing skills

Demonstrated interest in international women’s human rights

Ability to work independently and in collaboration with supervisor, and to work to deadlines


In addition, the following qualifications are preferred:

Dual degree student with Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Law School

Overseas experience, preferably in developing countries, and/or familiarity with United Nations procedures

Experience with a nongovernmental organization, preferably international in focus or overseas

Second language, preferably a UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)

Please send application, including c.v., statement of interest, and writing sample to Mary Thacker,, by 4 P.M,  MARCH 8, 2007.

Terms:  Ten hours per week for academic year 2007-08.  Additional hours may be negotiated.  Pay: standard second-year graduate student scale. 


The International Women’s Rights Action Watch was established in 1985 as an international network and resource center to promote women’s human rights and implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The IWRAW program was based at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs until summer 2006, when it moved to the Law School to affiliate with the Human Rights Center. 

IWRAW is the primary international nongovernmental program that promotes and facilitates use of international human rights treaties to advance women’s human rights.  The program produces publications and provides technical assistance for nongovernmental organizations working on women’s human rights issues; provides expert assistance to United Nations human rights treaty bodies and individual treaty body experts; and works with other US-based nongovernmental organizations to build knowledge and promote application of international human rights norms in the United States. 

For additional information on IWRAW’s record and historical focus, see  The Web site is currently being updated.



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