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Volunteer Research Internship - Public International Law

BIICL regularly considers applications for volunteer research internships with the public international law programme. All volunteers have access to shared office space and library facilities. A daily travel and subsistence payment of £10 is also available.

Currently, BIICL is undertaking research in the following areas of public international law:

  • General Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Refugee/Migration Law
  • Cultural Heritage Law
  • International Trade Law (incl. Sustainable development)
  • International environmental law (including Climate law and governance)

While some knowledge or expertise of candidates in the above areas would be desirable, BIICL welcomes applicants with a broad interest in, and knowledge of, general public international law so as to be able to contribute effectively to a broad-based research and events programme.

In particular, volunteer research interns will have opportunities to assist in:

  • Research for current and forthcoming projects or papers
  • Research for the development of new projects and funding applications
  • Coordinating the PIL event series
  • Any administrative tasks associated with the above

Minimum Formal requirements:

The Institute has high academic standards and expects a serious level of commitment and professionalism from its interns.

  • Level of education: LL.M degree in Public International Law or equivalent or relevant work experience in an international organisation, government department or private practice. Exceptional candidates with degrees in another discipline (eg politics or economics) and experience of studying or working on rule of law issues will also be considered.
  • Research and drafting skills: ability to analyse and draw conclusions in a clear and precise manner; strong ability to conduct research through electronic means and resources. Prior experience in research posts will be considered a benefit.
  • Language skills: very high level of proficiency in English.

Additional skills we would strongly welcome (the relative importance of these will vary from time to time, according to available projects):

  • Familiarity with the law of the European Union and/or practical knowledge of the workings of the EU institutions
  • Working knowledge of at least one other language;
  • Proven ability to work well in a team;
  • Organisational skills.

How and When to apply

Please email your CV, a brief statement outlining your suitability for the position and why you are interested in it, plus two samples of your writing (published or unpublished) to: internships@biicl.org . Please include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name and contact details
  • Current educational status
  • Areas of interest/expertise
  • Name and contact of two academic references
  • Availability

There are 3 internship intakes per year (of approximately 4 people per intake). Each internship lasts approximately 3 months:

  • Autumn (Sept/Oct - December): Application deadline 1 August each year
  • Winter/Spring (Jan - March/April): Application deadline 1 December each year
  • Summer (any 3 month period during May - Sept): Application deadline 1 April each year

Whilst you are welcome to submit your application at any time, you are unlikely to receive an answer other than around these intake dates. Should your circumstances change and you no longer wish to be considered for an internship, we kindly ask you to let us know by sending an email to internships@biicl.org

Availability

Please give details of the amount of time per week you are available, the date from which you would be available and an end date if known, or indefinite if applicable. Please state the days of the week that suit you best, if known.

Normally an intern is required to be available for a minimum of one day per week for a minimum of three months. The more time you are able to offer and the longer your period of availability, the more likely we are to be able to make use of your skills in a way that is most rewarding both for you and for us.

Applications are handled by email only. Applications will be judged on match of skills and ability of the applicant to the work available at the time.

If you reach the interview stage, you will then be invited for interview at the Institute at a mutually convenient time. Candidates based overseas may be offered a telephone interview. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer everyone an interview and, as a result, some applications will be considered unsuccessful without progressing to the interview stage, or may be kept on file until suitable work matching the applicant's skills becomes available. We will, however, inform all applicants of the outcome of their application.

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