Transnational Legal Initiative

Dr. Jorge Contesse, Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School and faculty affiliate of CGSLP, is the principal investigator in the Transnational Legal Initiative (TLI), a collaborative effort with CGSLP. The program, funded by a $50,000 Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor’s seed grant, aims to engage in some of the questions and challenges raised by the legal and political struggle for the recognition of LGBTI rights. As Contesse noted, “International human rights norms prescribe that States have an obligation to change social and cultural patterns that result in discrimination against women and LGBTI individuals. Such prescriptions may encounter resistance from States and communities that hold different views on gender and sexuality.” TLI will host international scholars and advocates in the field of LGBTI rights who will be featured in the CGSLP lunchtime lecture series. Inquiry and research will produce creative scholarship on issues of transnational mobilization as it relates to LGBTI rights.

TLI will be offering summer internship opportunities during the summer of 2018.

Summer Internship Opportunity The Transnational Legal Initiative will fund summer internships at two Latin American non-governmental organizations working on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity: Colombia Diversa and Fundación Iguales. TLI will provide students with stipends of up to $5,000 to cover transportation, housing, and living expenses. Students will spend up to 6 weeks in Bogotá or Santiago working on strategies to advance LGBTI rights both at the domestic and international level. Applicants must agree to work full-time at one of the two organizations for at least 4 weeks. Upon return, the student must submit a three- to five-page report on the experience.

To apply, students must submit the following materials: 1) Resume 2) Statement of interest detailing the relevance of the internship to past experience and professional goals 3) One letter of recommendation from a faculty member 4) Current unofficial law school transcript (or equivalent transcript). Materials must be submitted as one pdf document to by January 31, 2018. Please be sure to use “TLI Summer Internship” in the subject line of your email.

All Rutgers Law students are eligible (3Ls must specify Bar Exam plans). If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jorge Contesse at