Days per week: 4 days a week with one ‘work from home’ day

Duration: 4 Months 

Start date: 1 October 2019

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 16 September 2019

Deadline for applications: 30 August 2019

The Intern will be based within the Western Balkans team, working on rule of law and capacity building projects implemented in the region; in particular, there will be a heavy focus on the capacity building of judiciaries. On a day to day basis, the Intern can expect to work on other distinct projects. For example, summarise ECtHR cases for our regional European Human Rights Bulletin, Database, and assist with the drafting and editing of programme publications. 

The internship will involve (non-exhaustive):

  • Legal research: European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence, human rights principles (specifically those of the ECHR), reports by Council of Europe and United Nations bodies, and academic commentary. 
  • Drafting: Case summaries, narratives of ECHR articles, reports and publications to support the preparation of materials for training seminars, and background briefs/notes. 
  • Supporting the Western Balkans team/the AIRE Centre at national and international events. International events may involve accompanying the legal team to seminars and conferences.
  • Administrative tasks: Keeping effective files and assisting the office/team with any ad-hoc tasks. Interns are required to assist with administrative tasks as they arise. 

    All your legal work will be checked by your allocated supervisor. 

    There will be ample opportunity to sit down with your supervisor and review your work and internship. We also like to assist current Interns with their future career plans. 

Essential Criteria: 

·       A completed LL.B / GDL or equivalent 

·       A firm understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights and its case-law

·       Excellent research and drafting skills

·       A high standard of both written and spoken English

·       The ability to work 4 days a week for a minimum of four months

Desirable Criteria:

  • A completed LL.M or MA in Law/Human Rights
  • Knowledge of French language
  • A quick learner 
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office packages
  • Familiarity with the legal reform process in the Western Balkans 


    All of our internships are unpaid. However, we do cover up to £12 of expenses e.g. travel or lunch for the days worked at the office. 

    How to apply: 

    To apply, please send the following documents by 30 August 2019 to Ralitsa Peykova at [email protected]

    ·       A recent CV

    ·       Covering letter (maximum of one page)

    ·       A case summary of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in Prizreni v. Albania (application no 29309/16)(a maximum of two pages)