Legal Extern


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SALC is looking for externs – full time students who can dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to research and general assistance to SALC. Externs will work from home, with occasional meetings with SALC lawyers when necessary. This work may include legal research and writing, including international and comparative law research; and factual research on specific legal cases.

Externships are designed to give students practical experience of working in human rights litigation, without the time and financial difficulties full time internships create. Working with SALC provides students with exposure to litigation at domestic courts as well as to regional and international human rights mechanisms, and will help broaden your understanding of the strategies lawyers involved in such cases adopt. However, our externships require dedication and hard work, and we expect high standards of work from our externs.

Preferred  applicants:

  • All law students who already have an undergraduate degree;
  • Interest in human rights issues;
  • Basic knowledge of international and regional human rights laws and instruments;
  • Experience working in or focusing on southern Africa preferred;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Portuguese or French is highly  desirable;
  • Excellent research skills including online sources;
  • Well-organised, self-motivated and reliable.

Interested applicants should:

  • Complete the below form;
  • Attach a letter of interest;
  • Attach detailed CV
  • Attach an unedited writing sample;
  • Attach a 2 paged answer to the research question.

Research Question:  In your opinion how effective is the  individual complaints mechanism of African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights? In particular, consider the enforcement of African Commission decisions and whether the mechanisms offers effective remedies of human rights violations.

To apply for this job please visit www.southernafricalitigationcentre.org .

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