01.01.2018 ( Last modified: 21.03.2019 )

As an intern in the International Investigations and Litigation (IIL) department, you will be asked to help investigate and prepare criminal complaints against perpetrators (individuals and corporations) of international grave crimes (genocide, torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. We file most of our criminal cases in European domestic courts under universal jurisdiction principles, and also against corporations under national laws.

To this end, you will take part in (1) collecting evidence by conducting open-source research (OSINT); interviewing witnesses and victims; and meeting with experts on wide-ranging topics from environmental damage to commodity trading; (2) conducting legal research of international and national criminal law; and (3) drafting legal memoranda and parts of criminal complaints.

You will work closely with experienced investigators and legal advisors, and will receive training on open-source research, digital security, universal jurisdiction law and evidence management. We investigate cases around the world, and in some limited circumstances, you may be asked to travel with one of our investigators.

Requested qualifications and skills
The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a strong academic background in International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and/or Human Rights, as well as professional or internship experience in these same areas;
  • Be hard-working, creative, proactive, and a problem-solver;
  • Be able to think and work independently but also be a team player; and
  • Fluently speak English and French (knowledge of German or Arabic is an asset).


Candidates must hold a valid work permit during their time in Geneva.

The two legal internships take place over a period of 5 to 6 months, preferably full-time.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (max. 1 page) and a CV to secretariat@trialinternational.org.

A small compensation is granted to interns.

TRIAL International is part of the initiative We Pay Our Interns.