REDRESS is a human rights charity based in London that works internationally to combat torture by seeking justice and reparation for torture survivors. Through advocacy, litigation and capacity-building REDRESS works to ensure that perpetrators of torture are punished and the rights of victims of torture to justice and reparation are enforced.

REDRESS offers legal internships to excellent law graduates and LLM students with a strong background in international human rights work. REDRESS has four regular intakes per year however, in exceptional circumstances, we can be flexible with regards to the start and finish date.

Our legal internships will suit candidates who are looking to expand their CV with an interest in developing a career in the Third Sector or human rights field. Placements can be full time or part-time.

All placements are based at our London offices (87 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HJ) and the successful candidates will work with REDRESS program staff. Lunch and travel expenses are covered up to £10 per day and a minimum commitment of three months is required. In light of the living costs in London, prospective interns are strongly encouraged to seek external funding for the internship through their university or other institutions.

Intern responsibilities

Legal interns will work with REDRESS staff on a number of assignments. These include independent research on torture cases, factual and/or legal research for reports and submissions before domestic and regional courts, the International Criminal Court and UN treaty body mechanisms. The role may also require some administrative work supporting REDRESS staff.

Our legal interns may work in one or several of our four programme areas:

      • Casework;
      • Post-Conflict Justice;
      • National Standards;
      • International Standards.

Casework Programme: Interns will assist our Caseworker. A solid background in public international law, human rights, humanitarian or international criminal law, and ideally an LLM in one or more of the relevant subjects is required.  Strong research skills and previous work experience in torture issues is desirable.

Post-conflict Justice Programme: Interns will work with the Post-Conflict Policy Adviser and Legal Adviser on a variety of assignments, including monitoring of victim-specific jurisprudence, background research on international justice, research for legal submissions and preparatory work for field missions. The candidate must have a degree in or be currently enrolled in public international law or human rights studies, and/or international criminal law. Knowledge of transitional and international justice issues, including the International Criminal Court, is an asset.

International and National Standards Programmes: Those who are assigned to this programme must possess a good knowledge of the human rights context in Africa, South America or Asia, and ideally, in some of the countries we work in, including Peru, Libya, Kenya and Nepal. In addition, a solid background in public international law, human rights, humanitarian or international criminal law and basic criminal law/law of evidence is desired as is previous working experience on torture issues in South America, Africa or Asia.

International Casework and Advocacy: Interns will assist with international casework and advocacy in our Casework and International Standards programmes. A solid background in public international law, human rights, humanitarian or international criminal law, and ideally an LLM in one or more relevant subjects, is required.  Knowledge of the functioning of international human rights treaty bodies and international and regional human rights mechanisms is an asset.  Strong research and drafting skills and previous work experience on torture issues is desirable.

Please note that specific language requirements may apply depending on the programme which the internship is based in. Candidates to our Legal internships who speak, read, and write Spanish, French and Arabic fluently would be especially helpful, but any second language would be useful.

We make a concerted effort to ensure that students work on a diversity of projects and receive adequate supervision, including feedback on their work. In addition, our office will facilitate interns’ access to seminars and other events that may offer an opportunity for them to meet with other lawyers and human rights experts.

Intakes dates, available internships and application deadlines:

WINTER INTAKE (from December 2017)

How to apply?

Interested candidates must email a cover letter and resume, their school’s internship requirements (for those applying for internship positions to get school credit) and availability (including whether they wish to be full time or part-time) to

Candidates applying for an internship in a specific program should clearly specify the program in the title of their email and make sure to address the specific requirements(including language) of that program as described in the internship description.

Due to the high number of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please also be aware that recruitment for specific internship positions is subject to availability of funds.