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- Conducting legal research;
- Analyzing international law;
- Reviewing and documenting media reports on relevant issues;
- Monitoring developments at the International Criminal Court;
- Conducting policy analysis of ongoing international justice developments;
- Identifying and understanding key issues in international justice;
- Compiling case research;
- Drafting advocacy-style documents that will be used internally and as background for advocacy projects;
- Gaining familiarity with the Rome Statute;
- Developing a greater attention to detail through footnoting and fact-checking;
- Presenting information in a compelling manner in internal drafts;
- Close supervision and evaluation sessions to provide a feedback and support.
- Direct exposure to the workings of a large, international human rights organization;
- Induction training on the internal working of HRW;
- Access to HRW materials and publications;
- Attending select in-house events such as a speaker series events, and other events organized within the organization, particularly for the interns;
- Attending internal staff meeting and outside meetings and events related to human rights field.
- Academic credit (students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements).
- Background in law (either an LLB, LLM, JD, or other relevant law degree)
- Enrollment in an accredited, degree-granting graduate or law program for the duration of the internship term;
- Strong interest in international criminal justice and a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues is highly desirable;
- Relevant coursework is highly preferred;
- Knowledge of French is a plus;
- Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, internet applications) are essential.
This is an unpaid internship. Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.
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Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.
About Human Rights Watch
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.