Apply for the IBA Legal Internship Programme (London)


IBA Legal Internship Programme (London)

There are three teams within which you can apply for an internship:

  • The Legal Policy & Research Unit undertakes research and develops and implements innovative strategies, projects and initiatives that are relevant to contemporary global legal issues, the global legal profession, the broader global community and the rule of law in business.
  • The aim of the Human Rights Institute is to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide.
  • Interns for the Executive Director may undertake research, write speeches for conferences and then possibly convert these speeches into academic papers.

The IBA Human Rights Institute Internship

In 1995, the IBA established its Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) under the Honorary Presidency of Nelson Mandela, to fulfil its objectives to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession under a just rule of law.

In order to advance our objectives, the IBAHRI undertakes a variety of projects to build capacity, lobby for change and highlight issues of international concern to the public, the media and the legal community. Our core activities include training for lawyers and judges; capacity building with bar associations and law societies; undertaking high-level fact-finding missions; and conducting trial observations. The IBAHRI also works on a number of thematic programmes.

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Human Rights Institute Internship

IBAHRI interns are invaluable to the work of the Institute. Typical tasks undertaken by interns include:

  • researching and drafting country background reports for IBAHRI missions;
  • conducting legal research in thematic areas;
  • drafting intervention letters;
  • researching and drafting project briefing notes;
  • trial monitoring;
  • media monitoring and press summaries;
  • researching the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession; and
  • supporting IBAHRI events.

Skills and experience required:

  • advanced studies in international human rights and/or humanitarian law; excellent legal research and analysis skills;
  • experience of legal writing and drafting;
  • strong interpersonal oral and written skills;
  • familiarity with internet- based research;

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Length of Internship

  • The London office has intakes 4 times a year and usually the internship is for 3 months. The length of the internship may be adjusted depending on the positions available during a given intake.
  • Applications close 5-6 months before the start date.
  • If successful, you will receive an invite for an interview with the team you have applied for (usually via Skype or Zoom).

Application Process

  • After you have selected the team you wish to apply for, it is important that you thoroughly research the work of that team and convey your passion for that specific internship in your application and interview.
  • The application process involves sending a CV/resume, cover letter, application form and writing sample (no longer than five pages long) to before the closing date.
  • As a large proportion of the work you will undertake during the internship will involve writing reports, letters, or assisting in the preparation of academic articles, we ask for a writing sample as part of the application process. This is useful for us to see how you structure a piece of written work and how you form and support an argument.
  • We aim to inform you if you have been successful and invite you to interview approximately 4-6 weeks after the closing date.
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