Ongoing Call for Applications: ECCHR Training Program
The Training Program offers placements to graduate students, doctoral candidates and young professionals of law and related professions from all over the world. Participants receive case-based interactive training in strategic human rights litigation in one or more of ECCHR’s thematic programs and are integrated in the organization’s work, including relevant project meetings or external events.
Moreover, program participants will have the opportunity to take part in a range of other educational, cultural and networking activities within the Education Program.
Note to trainee lawyers (“Referendar_innen”):
A traineeship placement at ECCHR fulfills the requirements of the German Bar Association to qualify for the Bar Exam. ECCHR traineeships are also acknowledged in some other countries.
What we offer:
- Up to 10 on-site placements;
- Legal and factual human rights research and case work in one of ECCHR’s three thematic programs - Business and Human Rights, Gender and Human Rights, and International Crimes and Accountability;
- Integration into our daily work, including project-related communication, administration and logistics (e.g. drafting press releases, preparing or editing minor translations, co-organizing project events);
- Individual supervision by experienced staff lawyers;
- Experience in team work as well as weekly meetings providing a forum for discussion with peers;
- Cultural events, such as Human Rights Cinema.
Please note that ECCHR is not in a position to offer remuneration to participants.
What we expect:
Education: Applicants should have at least a first university degree and above-average qualifications in law or another relevant subject
Knowledge: All applicants should have a general understanding of human rights law and prior experience in the NGO sector. Moreover, you should have the following program-specific background knowledge:
Business and Human Rights Program: good knowledge of the international debates around business and human rights as well as about litigation against corporations at the national level
Gender and Human Rights Program: excellent understanding of international and national human rights frameworks, (UN human rights system, international criminal law, and national legislation) as well as of current legal and political debates on legal gender studies; competence to identify and analyze the gender-specific and discriminative dimensions of situations, policies as well as national and international human rights frameworks
International Crimes and Accountability Program: excellent understanding of international criminal law (incl. extraterritorial cases on national level) as well as that of current legal and political debates on international criminal justice
Languages: Fluency in English is required; knowledge of German is desired but not a must; knowledge of other languages (esp. Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and French) is an asset, depending on current developments
Minimum duration of the placement: three months, ideally more; preferably full-time
HOW TO APPLY:
ECCHR accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Please bear in mind that typically, new openings will be available approximately six months from the time of application. For more information, please see “Notes on Current Openings” below.
To apply, please submit the following documents – without coversheet – per email (if possible, in separate pdf documents):
- ECCHR application form (see below)
- ECCHR questionnaire (see below)
- Motivation letter
Please do not attach any other supporting documents such as letters of recommendation or certificates. We may ask you to provide this information at a later stage.
Send your application to: application(at)ecchr.eu
You will receive a confirmation of receipt email from us and can expect a reply within 4-6 weeks after we acknowledged receipt.
NOTES ON CURRENT OPENINGS:
Gender and Human Rights: We are currently looking for qualified applicants who are ready to start immediately
Business and Human Rights: No placements available before September 2013
International Crimes and Accountability: No placements available before June 2013