18 January 2017

Legal interns for the spring intake (April - June 2017) 

REDRESS is a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. REDRESS works with survivors to help restore their dignity and to make torturers accountable.

REDRESS is currently seeking applications from excellent law graduates or LLM students students with a strong background in international human rights law and international law to conduct research and analysis.

13 January 2017

Minority Rights Group International, London 
Legal Fellowship (September 2017 - September 2018) 
Deadline for application: 31 January 2017 

Minority Rights Group (MRG) International campaigns worldwide with around 130 partners in over 60 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. 

MRG’s annual Legal Fellowship is now open for applications. This is a great opportunity to gain hand-on experience of minority and indigenous rights legal work.

12 January 2017

European Women's Lobby (EWL), Brussels
2 internships (as part of an academic programme)

Deadline for application: 19 January 2017 

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union, gathering over 2000 women’s associations. The EWL has members in all 28 EU Member States and three of the candidate countries. The EWL aims at promoting women’s rights and equality between women and men in the European Union.

The European Women’s Lobby has been certified as an 'excellent employer' by Interns Go Pro and it committed to upholding the best possible standards in its internships. The current application concerns any unpaid internship at the EWL Secretariat in Brussels in 2017 within the context of academic or other grant giving programmes.
European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Brussels
Policy Officer - Refugee Inclusion

Deadline for application: 18 January 2017

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a European network of 90 NGOs in 38 European countries. It protects and advances the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. Its diverse membership ranges from large international NGOs with global scope to small organisations of dedicated activists; members work on humanitarian relief, social service provision, legal assistance, litigation, monitoring policy and law, advocacy, and campaigning.

ECRE is currently recruiting a Policy Officer - Refugee Inclusion

10 January 2017

Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg, Germany
Research Fellows (Cambodia Project)
Deadline for application: 5 February 2017 

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is based in Heidelberg. It continues the extensive consulting, training and research projects of the 'Global Knowledge Transfer' working group, which existed from 2002 to 2012 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL). Within the framework of its research activities, the Foundation carries out several 'Global Knowledge Transfer Projects' in various countries. The Foundation’s projects focus on consultancy, capacity building and academic research in the fields of public international law, comparative constitutional law and the rule of law in post-conflict countries and countries in transition.

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is looking to fill two project-related positions for Research Fellows in the Cambodia project.
European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)
Training for International Electoral Observers 
Module I: 20 - 22 March 2017
Module II: 23 - 25 March 2017
Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido (Italy) 
Early bird deadline for registration: 22 January 2017 
Deadline for registration: 12 February 2017 

International election observation plays an important role in international relations since almost thirty years. The Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation adopted by the UN in 2005 is one of the first attempts of the international Community to set up standard rules recognized at international level. The European Union is strongly committed to contribute to all democratic processes around the world through various activities which include the electoral observation. The adoption of EU guidelines on preconditions for EU observation missions and a code of conduct for EU electoral observers represented an important step towards enhanced co-ordination and serve as a basis for all electoral observers.

EIUC has developed two three-day modules aiming at providing training to civilian staff in election observation missions at the first steps of their career (i.e. short term observers). Selected applicants will be allowed to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning.

21 December 2016

UN Refugee Agency - Regional Representation for Western Europe, Brussels
Legal Intern
Deadline for application: 6 January 2016

The Regional Protection Support Unit of the UN Refugee Agancy seeks an intern to start by beginning February 2017 in Brussels for a six-month unpaid internship.

The intern should have an in-depth knowledge of German, a Masters in Law, with an excellent command of written and spoken English.  French is desirable but not essential. Evidence of previous experience or a strong interest in refugee matters or human rights is appreciated.

19 December 2016

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Brussels Office
Legal Internship

Deadline for application: 31 December 2016 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of 10.700 employees who help some 65 million people in over 128 countries.

The Protection Unit for Belgium and Luxembourg seeks a legal intern for a six-month unpaid internship.

08 December 2016

Institute for Human Rights and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Master's degree programme in International Human Rights Law 2017-2019 
Deadline for application: 13 January 2017 

This programme is offered by the Institute for Human Rights and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi University. The Institute is an internationally renowned academic institute which specializes in advanced human rights research and provision of education. 

The Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law is designed to prepare its graduates for challenging human rights careers in international organizations, non-governmental organizations and public administration. It will also provide the requisite background for advanced human rights law research. Successful completion of this two-year full-time programme results in the award of a Master of Social Sciences (M. Soc. Sc.) degree.

03 November 2016

Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Human Rights

14 November 2016

On 14 November Utrecht University will launch a new MOOC about ‘Human Rights for Open Societies - An Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights’. This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be offered on Coursera. Antoine Buyse, Professor of Human Rights and Janneke Gerards, Professor of Fundamental Rights Law, both at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and connected to the strategic research theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University, will offer the participants an introduction to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. This human rights treaty is one of the most successful tools for protecting human dignity, and it is a crucial tool to achieving an open society.

17 October 2016

Utrecht University School of Law (The Netherlands)
PhD Researchers

The Lisbon Treaty (2009) has set new goals for judicial cooperation between member states of the European Union (EU) with an eye to providing effective legal remedies and fundamental rights protection. This cooperation is stimulated by the European Commission’s agenda (e.g. judicial training) and practices of ‘transnational borrowing’ between courts in the EU. However, it remains unclear to what extent national judicial cultures, i.e. ideas and practices regarding judging and judicial organisation which have developed over time, can and should converge into a shared ‘European judicial culture’.

The Utrecht University School of Law will be appointing two PhD researchers in law within the NWO Vidi project ‘Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: A Comparative Analysis of European Judicial Culture(s)’, headed by Prof. Dr. Elaine Mak. The project is connected with the research activities of Utrecht University’s Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution.

29 September 2016

European Roma Information Office (ERIO), Brussels
Full-time internships 
Deadline for application: 23 October 2016 

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) is an international advocacy organisation that promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-depth information on a range of policy issues to European Union institutions, Roma civil organisations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.

ERIO is looking for motivated interns (students only) to join its team in Brussels. It has vacancies for full-time internships starting on 5 January 2017 and 3 April 2017 lasting between 3-6 months.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), London and Paris
Deadline for application: 15 October 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

The Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Researcher on Counterterrorism and Extremism in Western Europe. The Europe and Central Asia Division is part of the Program Office. The Program Office consists of regional and thematic divisions and oversees research, reporting and various other work. The Researcher will investigate the human rights implications of counterterrorism and extremism in developments in Western Europe and the wider European Union as part of a small team. This position reports to the Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division, based in the London Office. This position will be based in London or Paris.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Geneva
Deadline for application: as soon as possible

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions. 

HRW is seeking applicants to intern with the Geneva Advocacy team. The Geneva-based internship will focus on the activities of the advocacy team before, during and after the 34th Human Rights Council session and 26th and 27th Universal Periodic Review, as well as various Treaty Body reviews and other meetings. Ideally, the candidate will intern for three months starting in the Winter 2016, with a possibility for extension, and intern five days a week with flexible hours.

20 September 2016

SUTYAJNIK, Yekaterinburg (Russia)
VIII Urals Human Rights School 'Private life: International and national legal standards'
22 - 25 September 2016

The URALS Human Rights School is an international event that takes place twice a year. It consists of a conference, round table discussions and a 3-5 days training session for young human rights professionals. It is organized by Sutyajnik, a regional non-governmental organization that provides legal defence to Russian citizens who have been denied rights guaranteed to them under the Russian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The theme of the upcoming school is 'Private life: International and national legal standards' and will cover the following topics:
• Privacy and private life in prisons - balance of State interest and private interests (rehabilitation as a right to family life, right to conjugal meetings, rights to artificial insemination, health issues, etc).
• Privacy and private and family life in transplantology - the issue of presumed consent to donation of organs.
• Privacy of correspondence and state security (Roman Zakharov v. Russia on mobile phone interception by FSB).
• Balancing Privacy and Freedom of Expression.
• Private life of homosexual couples and trans people.
• European standards of private and family life protection.
• Russia, Germany, Switzerland, France and the right to privacy under the ECHR.
• How to make a journalist interested in human rights case? How to communicate your work with, without and instead of a journalist?

The full agenda is available here.

If you are not participating, you can watch sessions online live or on demand.