International Court & Tribunal Internships
2013 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Elizabeth Nguyen (second row, second from left) with judges, associate legal officers, and interns of the Karadzic team of Trial Chamber III on the terrace of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
The Rapoport Center regularly facilitates judicial internship placements with international courts and tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia , the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Students and recent graduates may receive funding or academic credit for these internships.
To date, more than fifty UT Law students have taken advantage of these extraordinary internship opportunities. UT Law graduate Kenn Kern's clerkship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and UT Law graduate Jay Bischoff's work prosecuting genocide cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda highlight two stories of UT students.
"Working with the prosecutors at the ECCC has been an incredible experience. I've had the opportunity to absorb a tremendous amount about case management, trial skills, and international criminal law by working closely with driven, expert attorneys. On a personal level, being part of such an historically significant trial in the place where the crimes occurred is a life experience that I will continue to carry with me."
- Catherine Wagner, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (2013)
Call for Applications: Spring 2017 Internships
The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is now accepting applications for international human rights internships for the spring of 2017 with the following courts and tribunals. These internships typically run from three to six months. Participants may be eligible to receive a stipend or academic credit, depending on the placement.
2011 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Kristian Aguilar (front row, far right) with other interns and supervisor Mario Garelli in front of the main OAS building during her internship with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
The Hague, Netherlands
Established by the UN in 1993, the ICTY is charged with prosecuting persons responsible for atrocities during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, including Kosovo. Students work on a range of legal research, investigative work, and factual development on both procedural and substantive international criminal law issues. The internship is open to qualified second and third year students as well as recent graduates. Students must have strong backgrounds in international and/or criminal law. Knowledge of French or Serbo-Croat is helpful, but not required.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
San José, Costa Rica
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights was established by the OAS in 1979 to hear claims against member states arising under the American Convention on Human Rights, other human rights treaties, and customary international law. Students will work with one of the Court's staff attorneys conducting research and drafting opinions for the cases before the Court. Applicants must have completed their third semester of law school and have a strong background in international and/or human rights law. Applicants must be fluent in Spanish (written and oral) and must be able to conduct legal research in Spanish.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
The IACHR was created in 1959 through the Inter-American system for the promotion and protection of human rights within OAS member countries. The IACHR intern will have the unique opportunity to be supervised by an experienced attorney at the Commission. The internship is open to qualified second and third year students as well as recent graduates. Students must have a strong background in international and/or human rights law. Knowledge of Spanish (both written and oral) is strongly recommended.
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The ECCC is a national court established pursuant to an agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations. The court was created in order try senior members of the Khmer Rouge or serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and violation of international conventions recognized by Cambodia, committed during the period between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. Students will work on a range of issues related to the prosecution of four senior Khmer Rouge leaders who are currently on trial. The internship is open to qualified second and third year students as well as recent graduates. Students must have a strong background in international and/or criminal law.
Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT)
Arusha, Tanzania; The Hague, Netherlands
The MICT is a court of the United Nations established in 2010 to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), after the completion of their respective mandates. Its functions include the tracking and prosecution of remaining fugitives, conducting and completing all appeals in proceedings for which the notice of appeal against the judgement is filed after the start of the relevant Mechanism branch, retrials, trials for contempt of court and false testimony, and proceedings for review of final judgements. The internship is open to qualified second and third year students as well as recent graduates. Students must have a strong background in international and/or criminal law.
In addition to the placements above, we are also exploring internship options with the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. If you are interested in any of these options, please contact the Rapoport Center.
Qualified students should submit the following items individually in PDF format via email to Rapoport Center Assistant Director William Chandler (email@example.com):
- Cover letter (describe your interest in the internship and any relevant academic and/or practical experience; indicate whether you would prefer academic credit or a stipend)
- Resume/CV (indicate language ability, if applicable)
- Law school transcript (unofficial is fine)
- List of three references (at least two must be regular Law School faculty)
- Writing sample (8-10 pages; preferably related to the work of the court/tribunal)
If applying for more than one placement, please list your internship preferences in rank order.
A faculty committee will review applications and determine which students it will nominate for each placement. Selected students would then complete the formal application process through the appropriate institution.
Please only apply for those internships you are willing to accept. Agreeing to serve as an intern through this program is a serious commitment to the host tribunal/institution, to the Rapoport Center, and to Texas Law. We expect students who are nominated to participate and fulfill all of the requirements of their internships.