Legal Affairs Internship at United Nations in Netherlands
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Legal Affairs Internship at United Nations in Netherlands

Netherlands 25 Jan 2021


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Legal Affairs Internship at the United Nations in the Netherlands

Organizational setting:

  • The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) calls candidates to participate and under the supervision and direction of prosecutors in the Appeals / or Core Section - The Hague Branch. 
  • Interns will operate in one of these sections within the OTP, but may also be assigned work from other sections, depending on the needs of the Office.
  • A Mechanism OTP internship is UNPAID and full-time.
  • Working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. 
  • Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. 
  • The duration of a Mechanism OTP internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern's assigned office. 



  • In the Appeals Section, legal interns assist OTP appeals counsel in conducting legal and factual research and drafting memoranda on issues of international humanitarian law and international and comparative criminal law and procedure, finalizing appellate filings, and preparing for hearings before the Appeals Chamber.
  •  In the Core Section, interns may work on a range of issues related to the continuing functions of the Mechanism, including review and contempt investigations and proceedings, other post-conviction litigation, fugitive tracking, assistance to national authorities, and capacity-building initiatives. 
  • Interns may also perform tasks such as cite checking and compiling and collating legal materials.
  •  Being bilingual in English and French is considered an asset.


Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this Legal Affairs Internship at the United Nations in the Netherlands.

  • Candidates for legal internships in the Office of the Prosecutor are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of university legal studies. 
  • If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. 
  • It is particularly useful for interns to have legal training or experience in international criminal or humanitarian law. 
  • Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the program. 
  • Previous legal experience is an asset.


  • English and French are the working languages ​​of the Tribunal. 
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. 
  • Candidates with knowledge of French are encouraged to apply. 
  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, is an asset.


  • Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. 
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.

Application Procedure 

Interested candidates must Apply Online for this position.

Candidates must also submit the following documents in addition to their online application

Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via https:

Completed Intern Acceptance and Undertaking

2. Completed Internship preference and availability forms

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation

4. Copies of university / law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received)

5. A photocopy of valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intention to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands.

6. A sample of your written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Mechanism and not longer than ten pages.

Please note that documents may only be in English or French.

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Provider: United Nations

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