War Crimes Justice Project Internship, Italy

Deadline: 15 April 2011
Open to: individuals, holders of first level university degree in law
Salary: not stated
Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension up to a maximum of 6 months)

The United Nations interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), together with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE-ODIHR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is committed to a joint project aimed at enhancing the capacity of judiciaries in South-Eastern Europe to process war crimes trials in an effective and fair manner, consistent with the highest international standards of due process. Implementation of the 18-month project began in May 2010.

Project, UNICRI will be responsible for the realization of two components:
·        A Manual on Defence Counsel Issues, which is being realized in cooperation with the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the ICTY (ADC-ICTY)
·        A Training and e-learning Portal, an on-line tool for legal practitioners and judicial training institutions with several components, such as an e-learning course on international humanitarian law, a database on training activities organized in the past years in the countries of the former Yugoslavia etc.


Within the framework of the project “Supporting the Transfer of Knowledge and Materials of War Crimes Cases from the ICTY to National Jurisdictions”, the incumbent, under the supervision of the Programme Coordinator, will perform the following tasks:

· Assist in the elaboration of the Training and e-learning Portal, in particular by analyzing relevant documents in English and in B/C/S languages for their inclusion in the Databases that form part of the Portal;
· Carry out research on international criminal law-related topics;
· Translate relevant documents (letters, project-related documentation) from/into B/C/S;
· Perform other duties upon request.


·Professionalism – Good academic and analytical skills;
·Communication – Ability to draft clearly and concisely, very good language skills;
·Planning and Organizing – Ability to organize, plan and implement work assignments;
·Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills, works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals, ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with people from different national and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Required Qualifications

·First level university degree in Law;
·Professional fluency in English language;
·B/C/S mother tongue or equivalent level;
·Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, email, and internet) are required.
·Previous experience in court litigation and law practice in criminal law desirable;

Other Information

Duty station: UNICRI Headquarters, Turin, Italy
Duration: 3 months (with possibility of extension up to a maximum of 6 months).

PLEASE NOTE: The UN cannot provide financial support to interns. All expenses connected with the internship will have to be borne by the intern or sponsoring institution.  It is strongly suggested that you contact various institutions, organizations, foundations, etc. as they may fund your internship.

How to Apply

Please send a CV and a cover letter (maximum one page) to [email protected]


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