The Permanent Court of Arbitration is offering an internship for legal training in public and private international law. What are you waiting for!? Apply now!
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Organization/Company: Established in 1899 to facilitate arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between states, the PCA has developed into a modern, multi-faceted arbitral institution that is now perfectly situated at the juncture between public and private international law to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of the international community.
The PCA is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to serving the international community in the field of dispute resolution. It recruits and employs staff based on the highest standards of competence, integrity, and efficiency.
Duty Station: The Hague, Netherlands
Open to: Recently graduated law school with top marks. However, applications are also accepted from law students who are entering their final year of law school, as well as recent graduates who have some professional experience or are engaging in advanced law studies.
Timeframe: PCA Internships last for three months and start at the beginning of January, April, July, and October. PCA-ICCA internships also last for three months, starting in January, April, and October.
- 1 September for Term 1, Jan-Mar
- 1 December for Term 2, Apr-Jun
- 1 March for Term 3, Jul-Sept
- 1 June for Term 4, Oct-Dec
Description: Internships are offered by the PCA to law students and recent graduates who wish to gain experience at an international arbitration institution. Internships offer a balance of legal and administrative assignments, allowing interns to gain insight into both the legal and practical aspects of international arbitration.
In addition to internships with the PCA’s International Bureau, the PCA also offers an internship in association with the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). PCA-ICCA interns will undertake legal research, legal editing and organizational tasks, including work on ICCA publications, ICCA outreach projects (such as ICCA’s work worldwide on harmonization in the implementation of the 1958 New York Convention) and Young ICCA seminars and projects. PCA-ICCA interns do not engage in arbitration case work conducted under the auspices of the PCA.
- Successful internship candidates are usually those who have recently graduated law school with top marks. However, applications are also accepted from law students who are entering their final year of law school, as well as recent graduates who have some professional experience or are engaging in advanced law studies
- Fluency in either French or English is essential. Additional language skills are a strong advantage, especially Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish
- Candidates need not have a specialization in international dispute resolution or public international law, but should at least have demonstrated an interest in these fields
- A carefully written cover letter that indicates how you expect to benefit from the program, how you can contribute to the PCA and a brief description of areas of interest and knowledge of law
- A curriculum vitae
- A letter of recommendation from a professor or senior professional
- Copies of academic transcripts (scans or photos are sufficient)
- Proof of proficiency in English or French (for non-native speakers).
Useful Information: Internships are self-funded. An intern must have adequate financial resources and health insurance for the term to be eligible.
If you are selected and you require a travel visa to take up the internship, the PCA will provide documentation in support of your application.
Although interns are not formally considered staff members of the PCA, they participate in the PCA’s activities as members of the International Bureau.
Permanent Court of Arbitration
2517 KJ The Hague
T: +31 70 302 4165
F: +31 70 302 4167
Edited by Ruino Martina Pia
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