A complete online application including ALL of the documents listed below is required. Please note that documents may only be in English or French, and that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Applicants must attach ALL of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via https://careers.un.org:
1.Completed ICTY Intern Acceptance and Undertaking
2.Completed Internship preference and availability form
3.Two (2) letters of recommendation
4.Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received)
5.A photocopy of your valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intent to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands
6.A sample of the applicant’s written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Tribunal and not longer than ten pages.
The International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, more commonly referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc UN court which is located in The Hague, The Netherlands.
General information on the ICTY internship program may be found on the ICTY web site’s internship pages, including:
•Information about the ICTY offices which offer internships: http://www.icty.org/sid/113
•Additional information about the ICTY Internship programme: http://www.icty.org/sid/127
•Forms relevant to the ICTY Internship programme: http://www.icty.org/sid/128
•ICTY Internship FAQs: http://www.icty.org/sid/129
An ICTY internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of an ICTY internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.
Organizational setting and Reporting:
This position is located in the Registry, Office for Legal Aid and Defence Matters (OLAD) under the supervision and direction of the Head of OLAD. OLAD is seeking legal interns who are available to begin service in January or February 2017 for period of at least three months.
OLAD is entrusted with administering the legal aid system of the ICTY. Its mandate is to ensure the rights of suspects and accused persons to legal representation, which includes assigning ICTY-paid counsel to indigent and partially indigent accused. In discharging its mandate, OLAD deals with a variety of challenging legal and administrative issues, such as the qualifications of defence counsel and defence support staff, the determination of the financial status of accused persons requesting legal aid, the assignment and withdrawal of counsel, disciplinary matters, and providing assistance to self-represented accused.
As a legal intern in OLAD, you would provide assistance to OLAD legal staff, including assisting in the drafting of letters, decisions and submissions, and conducting research in international criminal law, administrative law and comparative national law where relevant or necessary. You may accompany legal staff to the United Nations Detention Unit to follow up legal issues raised by detainees and may help provide assistance to self-represented accused. Additionally, you may be requested to perform any other legal or administrative tasks by the Head of OLAD or by legal staff.
•Professionalism Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
•Communication – Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
•Respect for Diversity – Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; does not discriminate against any individual or group.
Applicants must have a university degree or be in the final stages of their undergraduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. criminal law, international humanitarian law and human rights). Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, and must be at least 18 years old. Previous legal experience is an asset for those seeking an internship
English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, is an asset.
Short-listed candidates may be contacted by the hiring team directly if further information is needed during the review of their application. Due to the high volume of applications received, candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted.
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.