14.08.2019 ( Last modified: 15.08.2019 )

About TRIAL International

Founded in 2002, TRIAL International is a non-governmental organization fighting impunity for international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and enforced disappearances). TRIAL International takes an innovative approach to the law, paving the way to justice for survivors of unspeakable sufferings. Indeed, the organization fights against the impunity of perpetrators and instigators of the most serious crimes under international law and their accomplices, and defends the interests of the victims before foreign courts and various international human rights bodies. TRIAL International also raises awareness among the authorities and the general public regarding the necessity of an efficient national and international justice system for the prosecution of crimes under international law.


Internship description

As an intern in the International Investigations and Litigation (IIL) department, you will be asked to help build criminal files complaints against perpetrators (individuals and corporations) of international grave crimes before European domestic courts under universal jurisdiction principles. To this end, you will take part in collecting evidence by conducting open-source research. You will also conduct legal research of international and national criminal law, drafting legal memoranda and parts of criminal complaints. You will also participate in the management of IIL’s other activities and assist in administrative tasks. You will work closely with experienced investigators and legal advisors on different contexts, especially the Gambia.


Requested qualifications and skills

‣ 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

‣ Fluency in oral and written French and English and very good knowledge of German (C1)

‣ Excellent legal drafting skills

‣ Ability to think and work independently but also be a team player

‣ Be hard-working, creative and proactive

‣ Knowledge of the Gambian context is desirable.


Internship’s conditions

‣ Duration: 6 months

‣ Working percentage: 90% (36h)

‣ Remuneration: TRIAL International is part of the We Pay Our Interns Initiative and provides a stipend for every internship

‣ Start date: November 2019

‣ Permit: candidates must hold a valid residence permit for the duration of their stay in Geneva

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (max. 1 page) and a CV to secretariat@trialinternational.org by 30th August 2019. Applications should be exclusively in French or in English.