This position is located in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) and under the supervision and direction of legal officers in the Appeals/IO/IRMCT Core Division – The Hague Branch. Interns will be assigned to one of these sections within the OTP, but may also be assigned work from other sections, depending on the needs of the Office.
In the Appeals Division, legal interns assist OTP appeals counsel in conducting legal and factual research and drafting memoranda on issues of international humanitarian law and international and comparative criminal law and procedure, finalizing appellate filings, and preparing for hearings before the Appeals Chamber. In the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor, interns will have the opportunity to work closely with OTP management, including the Prosecutor. Interns assist with a broad range of projects, including by: providing support on legal issues for the Trial and Appeals Sections and on case-related matters of cross-cutting significance to the OTP; drafting speeches, reports and other materials for the Prosecutor; developing educational materials; and conducting research for legacy projects. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as cite checking and compiling and collating materials.
Professionalism - Knowledge, experience and/or training in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law and/or public international law. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
Education - Candidates for legal internships in the OTP are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of university legal studies. If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. It is particularly useful for interns to have legal training or experience in international criminal or humanitarian law. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.
English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Candidates with knowledge of French are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, is an asset.
Previous legal experience is an asset.