About International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS):
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to adjudicate disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the Convention. The Tribunal is composed of 21 independent members, elected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognized competence in the field of the law of the sea.
About the Opportunity
The Tribunal offers a limited number of internships each year to students and recent graduates of law, international relations, public relations, political science, library science and translation. Interns work under the supervision of Registry officials on matters relevant to the Tribunal’s work. The three-month programme allows students to gain an understanding of the way in which the Tribunal functions and to participate in the work of the Registry. Interns are expected to be able to contribute to the work of the Tribunal in fields such as the law of the sea, public international law, international organizations and international relations, political science, public information, library science and translation.
The next available internships are from July to September 2022. Application deadline: 31 March 2022.
If you are considering a career in international law, for example, whether working for a law firm, an international or regional organization or your national government, and if you are interested in a behind-the-scenes experience at an international court, then you are in the right place. Working closely with officials in the Tribunal’s Registry, interns have the chance to experience the daily routine of the Registry’s different departments, interact with members of the Tribunal, use the extensive library facilities for their research, meet participants of other training programmes and enjoy the challenge of working in a truly international environment. An internship at the Tribunal provides students and recent graduates with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- have completed at least three years of university studies;
- normally be engaged in a degree-granting or postgraduate course at the time of application and also during their internship, or be a recent graduate;
- normally not be more than 35 years of age;
- have a good command of English and/or French; and
- have an interest in international law, in particular international law of the sea, international affairs or international institutions and organizations.
Our interns are students or recent graduates from all over the world, all sharing an interest in international law and in particular the law of the sea.
Under the supervision of a Registry staff member, interns carry out assignments for the Registry. Internships are available in the following departments:
The Legal Office consists of four legal officers, working under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Office. The Legal Office works in close cooperation with the Registrar, conducting research on international law, law of the sea and administrative legal matters; examining legal instruments and precedents relating to the work of the Tribunal; drafting judicial reports on questions relating to the work of the Tribunal; serving the meetings of the Tribunal and preparing background material, reports and papers; and providing legal advice on a diverse range of substantive and procedural questions of law as well as on the management and administration of the Registry.
- Interns work under the close supervision of one of the legal officers. They carry out research on a variety of legal issues and prepare notes for their supervisor, the other legal officers, or the Registrar.
- Interns are also requested to conduct research on a specific topic of their own choice, upon which they prepare a written paper and give an oral presentation to the Legal Office at the end of the internship.
- Together with other interns serving at the Tribunal, they also prepare the weekly press review covering recent developments in the law of the sea.
The Tribunal’s internship programme is a full-time programme and internships usually cover a period of three months.
Internship periods generally run from January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December, although we try to be flexible in order to accommodate applications from students with different vacation schedules.
- online application form;
- a covering letter no more than one page in length explaining why an internship at the Tribunal is important to you, how it would fit in with your academic and career goals and what benefits you expect to derive from the programme;
- Résumé/curriculum vitae.
- A brief sample of research work, in English or French of no more than 10 pages, if possible on a topic of relevance to the work of the Tribunal;
- Copies of a document showing you are enrolled in a university course, your university degrees/diplomas and a list of courses taken or grade transcript;
- Language certificates.
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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