International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Tanzania

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Tanzania

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The Office of the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Office of the President” and “Mechanism”, respectively) invites applications for several legal internships starting from 23 January 2023 in Arusha, Tanzania.

This job opening will be valid for one year and candidates will be selected on a rolling basis. The duration of the internship generally ranges from three months to six months. Please indicate your preferred internship period in your cover letter.

The Mechanism is mandated to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

In carrying out these essential functions the Mechanism maintains the legacies of these two pioneering ad hoc international criminal courts and strives to reflect best practices in the field of international criminal justice.

The Office of the President provides legal, policy, administrative, and judicial support to the President of the Mechanism (“President”) in the execution of her mandated functions.


In the Office of the President, interns have the opportunity to support the President with a wide range of mandated functions. Interns may: (i) conduct comprehensive legal research; (ii) assist in the drafting and editing of decisions, orders, and other legal documents; (iii) assist in the preparation of reports to the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly; (iv) analyse relevant law, rules, and policies; (v) assist in the drafting of speeches or official correspondence; (vi) provide support in advising on press and policy matters; and (vii) observe court hearings.

Interns may also perform routine tasks such as compiling and collating materials, and other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge, experience and/or training in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, and/or public international law or a related field. Possesses excellent legal
research and analytical skills. Shows pride in work and in achievements.

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise. Is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


  • Applications are open to: (i) law students who are enrolled in a graduate programme or the final academic year of a first university degree programme; and (ii) law graduates who can commence an internship within a one-year period of graduation.

    Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.


  • English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French will be considered an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Intern - Legal Affairs Jobs in Tanzania

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