08 May 2013

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Brussels Office
Internship International Justice Program
Deadline for application: 1 June 2013

Human Rights Watch (HRW) is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, Human Rights Watch gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Through rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy Human Rights Watch builds intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

The International Justice (IJ) Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW) advises and operationalizes HRW’s activities on a range of issues relating to accountability in international criminal fora, devises strategies to obtain justice, and produces written materials to implement those strategies.

The Brussels Office of Human Rights Watch has a opening for International Justice Program intern.

Internship description
The International Justice Program intern will primarily focus on monitoring international criminal law developments in targeted country situations and carrying out research on issues of international justice. The internship starts mid-August and should last for a minimum of three months although six months is preferable.

This internship is unpaid. Some lunch and local travel costs may be reimbursed as pre-approved by HRW and in accordance with HRW policy. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

This internship is open to law students, law graduates, and graduate and undergraduate students with expertise in international criminal law. Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong proven interest in international human rights and/or international criminal law. Knowledge of universal jurisdiction is desirable. Strong writing skills, knowledge of French, and excellent English are essential. Computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.

How to apply
You can apply by sending a letter of interest, resumé, names or letters of reference and a brief, unedited writing sample to ijbrussels@hrw.org by 1 June 2013. Please mention 'Fall 2013 Brussels IJ Intern' in the subject bar of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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