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 (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 based in The Hague, The Netherlands.


An ICTY-MICT OTP internship is unpaid and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h30. Overtime 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-MICT OTP 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. In the Trial Section, duties of legal interns include, but are not limited to, assisting trial attorneys with preparing examinations in chief and cross examinations, proofing witnesses, researching and drafting of parts of motions and final briefs, and classifying and preparing evidence for trial. Interns may also perform research on comparative and international criminal law issues, prepare agenda or draft discussion papers for legal meetings and draft the corresponding minutes, draft legal correspondence, and perform other litigation-related tasks. Interns may also perform routine tasks such as cite checking and compiling and collating materials.


Candidates for legal internships in the OTP are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of university legal studies. Applicants must attach all of the following documents to each UN Careers portal application submitted via 1. Completed Intern Acceptance and Undertaking, 2. Completed Internship preference and availability forms, 3. Two (2) letters of recommendation, 4. Copies of university/law studies transcripts (including courses taken and grades received), 5. A photocopy of valid medical insurance OR a signed statement confirming your intent to obtain medical insurance while you are in the Netherlands, 6. A sample of your written work preferably in a field relevant to the work of the Tribunal and not longer than ten pages. Please note that documents may only be in English or French.


Applications must be done on line through the platform on the Organisation’s official web site by August 20, 2017.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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