Legal Internship

REDRESS is seeking applications from excellent graduates, postgraduates and individuals in the early stages of their careers with a strong background in international human rights law to contribute to its work in either London or The Hague.

We seek to provide REDRESS interns with the experience of working in an NGO, and so each REDRESS intern is likely to work on a number of assignments at the same time. These include independent research on torture cases at national, regional and international level; background and policy research for reports and submissions before regional or international courts and UN mechanisms (and possibly some initial drafting); assisting with project work, including developing and implementing training programs, and organising events; attending meetings on behalf of REDRESS and reporting back; fundraising and communications work; and administrative tasks as required.


REDRESS is an international human rights organisation that represents victims of torture to obtain justice and reparations. We bring legal cases in a range of international courts and tribunals on behalf of individual survivors, and advocate for better laws to provide effective reparations. Our cases respond to torture as an individual crime in domestic and international law, as a civil wrong with individual responsibility, and as a human rights violation with state responsibility.

REDRESS supports the progressive development of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an institution that complements national trials to deliver justice for victims of international crimes, with a focus on victims’ rights, including participation, protection, legal representation, and reparations. We coordinate the Victims’ Rights Working Group, an informal global network of experts and advocates working to promote justice for victims of international crimes.

Qualifications and experience:

The following are essential:

  • A qualification in law, although we will consider candidates with other related backgrounds dependent on experience.
  • A strong background in human rights law.
  • Strong research background in human rights law.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong drafting skills in English.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

The following are desirable:

  • A relevant Master’s level degree.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of international human rights treaty bodies and UN mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of regional mechanisms including the Inter-American system or the African system.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the ICC.
  • Basic knowledge of international criminal law.
  • Previous experience working on torture issues.
  • Good knowledge of languages other than English, in particular French, Spanish, Arabic or Dutch.


Internships can be full time or part time (at least three days per week). Applicants should be able to work at REDRESS for a minimum of three months.


This is an unpaid volunteer position. REDRESS will cover travel and lunch for £15 or €15 per day depending on location.

Prospective candidates requiring financial support are encouraged to seek financial assistance from their academic institutions, outside fellowships and/or grants.

How to apply:

If you would like to be considered please email the following to [email protected], indicating “Intern application – April 2020” in the subject heading:

  • your CV;
  • a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills, indicating when you would be available to start, whether you would be available to work full time or part time, and which office you are applying to (London or The Hague); and
  • a writing sample, for example a university essay or piece of recent work that you are able to share with us.

The deadline for applications is 8th March 2020. Interviews to be held on 11-13 March 2020 with a start date of Monday 6 April 2020.

Unfortunately, REDRESS cannot sponsor individuals applying for internships to help obtain visas.

Equal opportunity Policy

REDRESS is committed to ensuring impartiality and equality of opportunity. We will not discriminate unlawfully when selecting candidates for internships.  REDRESS will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with the candidate’s merits, qualification and ability to perform the relevant duties required and against fair skills criteria.

In addition, REDRESS expects everyone to respect the rights of the individual to enjoy a workplace free from prejudice, harassment and discrimination.

REDRESS encourages disclosure of disability by candidates to the internship programme without prejudice. We believe this information enables staff to ensure that health and safety issues are considered and offers the opportunity to explore any additional needs applicants may have. All information will remain confidential to the REDRESS team.

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