INTERN - LEGAL AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening) International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals
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The Chambers Legal Support Section (“Chambers”) of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Mechanism”) invites applications for several legal internships commencing 1 August 2021 in The Hague, The Netherlands. This job opening will be valid for one year and candidates will be selected on a rolling basis. The duration of the internship generally ranges from three months to six months. Please indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter.
The Mechanism is mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”). In carrying out these essential functions the Mechanism maintains the legacies of these two pioneering ad hoc international criminal courts and strives to reflect best practices in the field of international criminal justice. Chambers provides administrative and legal support to the Judges of the Mechanism in the execution of their judicial work.
In Chambers, interns have the opportunity to support the judicial work of the Single Judges and the Trial and Appeals Chambers. Chambers interns may engage in legal research in international criminal law and procedure, provide support on legal and factual issues at all stages of proceedings, and assist in the preparation of judicial documents. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as compiling and collating materials, and other duties as required.
-Professionalism: Possesses excellent legal research and analytical skills; 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.
-Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others; Correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
-Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Applications are open to: (i) law students who are enrolled in a graduate programme or the final academic year of a first university degree programme; and (ii) law graduates who can commence an internship within a one-year period of graduation.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French will be considered an asset.
*It is our aim that, in principle, internships take place in person rather than remote. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and whilst travel restrictions are in place, Chambers will consider applications from candidates who have been legally residing in The Netherlands for a minimum of six months prior to the start of the internship, and who are registered with a general practitioner in the country.
Please note internships are unpaid. The Mechanism interns are responsible for all internship-related expenses that they incur. Interns must therefore be able to cover their costs of travel, insurance, accommodation, as well as living expenses during the internship period. External sources of funding may be available; please also check our website. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during an internship. Therefore, upon award of an internship, interns are responsible for securing adequate insurance coverage and are required to sign and return a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of these conditions of service.
Interns must keep confidential any and all unpublished information obtained during the course of the internship and not publish any reports or papers based on such information except with the explicit written authorization of the Chief of Human Resources of the Mechanism. Interns are bound by the same duties and obligations as staff members, and the information to which an intern has access in the course of the internship must not be divulged to external parties. Each prospective intern must sign the Acceptance and Undertaking Form to indicate their understanding and acceptance of this stipulation.
There should be no expectation of employment by the United Nations or the Mechanism upon completion of the internship.
ALL of the documents listed below are required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Due to the number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Interested applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via https://careers.un.org:
1. A cover letter (please indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter);
2. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic or professional referees;
3. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received);
4. A writing sample, preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Mechanism and not longer than ten pages.