Iba legal internship programme

Legal Internship Programme

Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association's offices in London, The Hague, and Washington DC.

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Intern positions are available for undergraduate law students, postgraduate law students, and newly qualified lawyers at the International Bar Association's offices in London, The Hague, and Washington DC.

Founded in 1947, the International Bar Association (IBA) is the world's largest organisation of law societies, bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers. The IBA is involved with cutting edge issues affecting the international legal community and as an intern you can become involved in the work of the Association.

The IBA plays an active role in:

  • promoting the status and independence of the profession
  • bringing lawyers together to exchange information and to discuss matters of mutual concern
  • promoting the administration of justice under the rule of law
  • promoting human rights
  • promoting commercial and economic law reform

Intern role:

Selected interns will assist the IBA in developing academic papers and research on key legal topics of both local and international relevance. Interns will have an opportunity to become involved in the work of the following aspects of the Association:

  • supporting the IBA's Human Rights Institute
  • supporting the IBA's Legal Projects Team (commercial and business law)
  • supporting the IBA's International Criminal Court (ICC) Programme
  • supporting the IBA’s Washington DC Office.

Interns will be able to draft policy papers on substantive legal issues as well as assisting in preparing background research for grant proposals. Interns will also be able to assist in implementing technical assistance programmes in developing countries.

The IBA and interns' work:

The IBA's Human Rights Institute (London) +

Established by the IBA in 1995, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works with the global legal community to promote and protect human rights and the independence of the legal profession worldwide.

Our core activities include: human rights training and technical assistance for legal practitioners and institutions; international fact-finding, delivering timely and reliable information on human rights and the legal profession; and supporting lawyers and judges who are arbitrarily harassed, intimidated or arrested through advocacy and trial monitoring. A focus on pertinent human rights issues, including the abolition of the death penalty, poverty, and sexual orientation forms the basis of targeted capacity building and advocacy projects.

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; and
  • fluency in Spanish, French or Arabic an asset.

Location and contact

Ms Helen Ugwu

Intern Programme Manager

International Bar Association

4th Floor, 10 St Bride Street

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