Legal internship

Closing date: 26 Apr 2017

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) is inviting applications for a four-month legal internship placement (2-3 days per week). EHRAC is based within the School of Law at Middlesex University and operates as a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Legal internship description
The legal internship will take place in EHRAC’s office in Middlesex University. We prefer candidates to commit to an internship for two to three months, working for two to four days a week. Our legal work includes research, litigation, advocacy and implementation activities, and the internship may be focused on supporting the legal team in some or all of these areas according to the needs of the team and the skills of the candidate. Legal internships provide an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of strategic litigation using the European Court with a focus on addressing systemic human rights violations in the post-Soviet region, and work on implementation of judgments from the Court. Interns are important to the overall operation of EHRAC as an organisation, and should expect to contribute to administrative and non-legal work on occasion.

Intern Profile
Essential:

  • Master’s degree in law, including study of international human rights
  • Professional or voluntary experience in a legal organisation
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Commitment to human rights, and knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office applications and email
  • An existing right to live and work in the UK (as we cannot facilitate or sponsor visa applications)

Desirable (but not essential):

  • Fluency in Russian or one of the other languages of our target region (Ukrainian, Georgian, Armenian or Azerbaijani)

Applications are invited for internships starting from mid-June 2017 onwards

To apply, please send a CV (including the names and contact details of two referees), a short covering letter explaining your reasons for applying to EHRAC and confirming your availability, and a writing sample of no more than 1000 words (e.g. an essay, an extract from a dissertation, or a published article), to Joanne Sawyer, EHRAC Lawyer by the closing date.

Human Rights Law Association Bursary Scheme
You may wish to consider supporting your internship placement by applying for the HRLA Bursary Scheme.  EHRAC does not have any influence over the selection process for the Bursary Scheme, but will be happy to provide supporting documentation for our preferred candidate if needed. Please note that the deadline to apply is Tuesday 18 April (before the deadline for internship applications).