The Rule of Law Section, as a part of the Human Dimension Department of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina conducts a country-wide trial monitoring programme of criminal cases, which aims to ensure that case processing complies with the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Constitution, international human rights instruments, and BiH’s international commitments.
Findings of the monitoring programme are used to promote necessary judicial and legal reforms and to provide assistance, advice, and training to the judiciary. Particular focus is on accountability for war crimes, hate crimes, human trafficking, and other major crimes.
The Rule of Law Section requires the services of an Intern to provide assistance in the field of judicial and legal reform with emphasis on war crimes trials and processes that impact on transitional justice in BiH. The Intern will be directly reporting to the Legal Adviser, War Crimes and Rule of Law and in the second instance, to the Head of Rule of Law.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The selected Intern will have the opportunity to gain an overview/familiarize themselves in the area of rule of law. Specifically, the incumbent performs the following tasks:
- Conducting in-depth legal research in the area of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law, public international law, and other relevant fields of law;
- Assisting in the preparation of background papers, reports, speeches, talking points and letters;
- Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings;
- Assisting in the organization of events related to war crimes and transitional justice issues, including witness support and judicial outreach;
- Performing other duties as assigned.
- Be at least 19 years old and have completed two years of full-time undergraduate studies, or one year of full-time graduate studies, from an accredited institution or have completed a first degree in law no longer than two years ago by the date of the deadline of the vacancy notice;
- Knowledge of international legal standards, procedure and instruments, in particular in relation to international human rights law and international criminal law;
- Professional fluency in English with excellent communication skills;
- Professional fluency in BCS would be an advantage;
- Strong analytical, research and drafting skills;
- Previous experience in working/interning for a judicial institution, international organizations, or diplomatic service, as well as knowledge of international humanitarian law would be an asset;
- Excellent IT knowledge, familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet applications;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
- Self-motivated and able to work independently.
If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply for this internship opportunity, please use the OSCE’s online application link. Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter. Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, see here.
The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer an internship with modified terms of reference or a different duration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply to become a part of the Organization. Please be aware that the OSCE does not request payment at any stage of the application and review process.
Deadline for application 8.3.2018.