Responsibilities

Interns will:

  • Identify and research pertinent domestic and international law;
  • Identify and research international venues and domestic administrative fora for human rights complaints;
  • Prepare client complaints to United Nations human rights offices;
  • Prepare advocacy content for website;
  • Attend and take notes on conferences and events of concern to ADHRB; and
  • Undertake research requested by supervisor as needed.

 

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate strong writing skills in argumentation and mechanics;
  • Recognize the importance of supporting arguments with sources and have a demonstrated capacity to write with a clean and consistent citation style;
  • Preferably be in law school, although non-law school students who show a strong aptitude for analytical writing will also be considered;
  • Have taken or currently be enrolled in a course on public international law and/or international human rights law, or be demonstrably familiar with the concepts of public international law and/or international human rights law;
  • Be familiar with parts of the United Nations system relevant to human rights;
  • Be interested in and knowledgeable about human rights issues, particularly with respect to freedom from torture, the freedoms of speech, expression, and association, due process rights, and/or prisoners’ rights;
  • Be able to work independently, take initiative, and exercise sound judgment and discretion;
  • Possess solid organizational and time-management skills;
  • Be quick to learn and hard-working;
  • Be committed to public interest work and have a basic familiarity with human rights issues in the Arab Gulf countries;
  • Be able to commit to 15-20 hours per week; and
  • Be available mid-August through December (dates flexible).

 

How to apply

Please email a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample (10 pages max.) demonstrating research and writing skills to internships [at] adhrb.org with the subject line ‘Legal Internship’. The writing sample is the most important element in this application. Any piece laying out an argument with logical/factual support, and preferably citations, is acceptable. A piece of which the author is personally proud is much preferred to a first-year legal writing assignment.

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until all positions are filled.