Events and Opportunities – December 2021


Internship positions, various UN departments and agencies, various locations 

A variety of UN internship positions are currently open. Please see the following links for internship positions with application deadlines in December 2021:

Legal Officer, P4, United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Phnom Penh 

Applications close on 8 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Legal Advisor, P4, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva 

Applications close on 8 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Senior Legal Officer, P5, UN Support Office, Mogadishu

Applications close on 9 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Legal Officer, P4, UN DPPA-SPM cluster II, New York 

The position is located in the Office of the Ombudsman, a Special Political Mission administered and supported by the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. Applications close on 10 December 2021. See here for more information:  

Legal Officer, P4, UN Office of Administration of Justice, Nairobi 

Applications close on 11 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Law and Policy Outreach Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva 

Education and experience required for the position include an advanced university degree in international studies (eg international relations, development, political science, humanitarian action, international law), 5 years’ professional experience in a related field and ICRC field or HQ experience. Applications close on 12 December 2021. See here for more information:  

Research fellow in Law (South Sudan Project), Max Planck Foundation, Heidelberg, Germany 

The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law is looking to fill one project-related Research Fellow position in the Sub-Saharan Africa projects team. The Research Fellow will implement project activities promoting the rule of law, including capacity building workshops and technical legal advice in the areas of international public law and constitutional law. Specific topical focus areas could include comparative constitutional law, legislative drafting, rules of procedure and judicial mechanisms. Applications close on 12 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Research Fellow, Law of the Sea, UNSW Law & Justice, Sydney 

UNSW Law and Justice is currently recruiting a research fellow. The Research Fellow will contribute towards the research project of SHARP Professor Natalie Klein of the UNSW Law & Justice Faculty (School of Public and Global Law). The research project will be focused on the law of the sea, maritime security, state responsibility and international dispute settlement. Applications close on 19 December 2021 at 11:30pm. See here for more information: 

Head, Gender and Children Unit, International Criminal Court, The Hague 

Applications close on 19 December 2021. See here for more information:  

Senior Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court, The Hague 

Applications close on 23 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Legal Officer, P3, UN Office of Legal Affairs, New York 

Applications close on 24 December 2021. See here for more information: 

Principal Legal Officer, D1, UN Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance, Office of the Under-Secretary-General, New York 

Applications close on 2 January 2022. See here for more information: 

Regional Legal Advisor on Maritime Issues, Asia Pacific Region, International Committee of the Red Cross, Bangkok 

The regional legal adviser (RLA) on maritime issues works in support of all delegations in the Asia Pacific region. They play a key role in achieving institutional, regional and delegation objectives related to positioning the institution as a key reference organisation on maritime humanitarian action, the law of armed conflict at sea and other relevant legal norms, and more broadly the creation of an environment conducive to respect for the law. They contribute to strengthening ICRC dialogue with national authorities, and intergovernmental organisations and academia / think tanks, as well as facilitating ICRC acceptance and operational activities. Applications close on 9 January 2022. See here for more information: 

Assistant Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland 

The successful candidate will be affiliated to the Department of International Law. S/he will teach postgraduate courses and supervise master’s dissertations and PhD theses in the Department of International Law. S/he may also be called upon to teach classes and supervise master’s dissertations in the interdisciplinary programme, as well as contribute to executive education programmes. The Institute being interdisciplinary, the selected candidate should be interested in interdisciplinary dialogue, teaching and research. Applications close on 10 January 2022. See here for more information: 

Judicial Fellowship Programme, International Court of Justice 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) invites applications from eligible universities around the world for the 2022-2023 Judicial Fellowship Programme (formerly known as the University Traineeship Programme). Universities must nominate candidates for the program, the Court does not accept applications from individuals. The deadline for submission of applications is 3 February 2022. See here for more information: 


LLM in International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva,  

Applications are now open for the LL.M. in International Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, for the academic year 2022-2023 starting in September 2022. The intensive 10-month programme offers a wide course selection, covering not only the foundations of public international law but also allowing students to specialise in one of three different concentration streams: Protection of the Individual in International Law, International Environmental Law and Governance, and International Economic Law. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2022. Apply

Call for Submissions, Melbourne Journal of International Law  

Submissions are invited for volume 23(1) of the Melbourne Journal of International Law, to be published in June 2022. Submissions are due by 31 January 2022. For further details, see here:   

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Essay Award  

Essay competition topic for 2022 is ‘Climate Change and Human Rights: Impacts, Responsibilities, and Opportunities’. Submissions are due by 31 January 2022. Open to law graduates across the world and the prize for best submission includes a full scholarship to the Program of Advances Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, travel expenses to Washington, living expenses and accommodation.  See here: 

Call for Presentations, Online Conference on Protection of Human Rights in the Pandemic of COVID-19, ILA Ukrainian Branch  

Applications open to present at the ILA Ukrainian Branch online conference on “Protection of human rights in the pandemic of COVID-19”, scheduled 10 December. Presentations shall be 8 – 10 minutes. To apply to participate, email [email protected] your name, national branch and any information you would like to present (including the subject of report if any) before 9 December. 

ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, Volunteers 

Applications are currently open for volunteers to support the ICC Organising Committee throughout the ICC Mediation Week. Applications close on 17 December 2021. A high level of responsibility is given to volunteers who act as “Mediation Session Supervisors” during the sessions. The ICC Mediation Competition gathers 350+ students and coaches, as well as 150+ professional mediators and academics from across the world and numerous volunteers, sponsors and observers. 


Webinar discussion, Recent Trends in Climate Litigation and Human Rights, Monash University 

There is increasing recognition of the intersection between human rights and climate change. On 8 October 2021, United Nations Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/48/L.23/Rev.1 recognised the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and recognised the implications of climate change for this right. A cognate resolution (A/HRC/48/L.27) established a Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change. 

The human rights implications of climate change are also being increasingly recognised in litigation. Cases such Leghari v Pakistan, Urgenda v The Netherlands and Neubauer v Germany established new readings of traditional human rights in a climate context. The ongoing case of Juliana et al. v US seeks recognition of a right to a stable climate as an extension of existing rights under the United States Constitution. Like litigation is pending in Brazil. Rights-based litigation in Australia is nascent. There is an increasing diversity of rights-based claims, including a recent complaint brought by eight Torres Strait Islander people against the Australian government to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. 

The online discussion will be held on 9 December 2021. For more information and to register, see here: 

Webinar discussion, China’s CBDC and International Landscape, UNSW Law & Justice 

Central bank digital currency (CBDC) is a game changer for the economy in digital era. As a fiat currency, CBDC affects numerous actors ranging from commercial banks and other businesses to households. It brings new issues, including data regulation and a new CBDC ecosystem that will profoundly affect business practice and even daily life. China is likely the first major economy to issue CBDC. An increasing number of countries are also exploring CBDC. This event will discuss cutting-edge issues. For instance, what is the future of CBDC? How would it likely affect banks, other businesses and the public? How would market players engage with it? What would the international landscape look like after its official launch? 

The online discussion will be held on 10 December 2021. For more information and to register, see here: 

Webinar Discussion, Fairnessn International Criminal Justice: Reality or Utopia?, Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Courts and Tribunals 

At ADCICT’s annual conference on 4 December 2021, panel topics are: can politics influence fair trials?; how can faulty evidence fail justice?; the issues after acquittal in the Bemba Case at the ICC, and ne bis in idem in light of the Katanga case. Panelists include Judge Joanna Korner QC, Judge at the International Criminal Court, former Prosecutor at the ICTY. Register at  

Webinar discussion, New South Wales Young Lawyers Human Rights Day Panel 

On 7 December 2021 the NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee‘s flagship International Human Rights Day panel event will consider: “When home is not a safe haven: The social crisis of domestic violence and the impact of COVID-19 on its victims”. The panel will discuss how the unequal status of women and gender-based violence threatens women’s rights to safety, respect and bodily autonomy, how this has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the legal profession can act to address domestic violence. Registration is free for members, and $10 for non-members. Register at