ECCHR Legal Training Scholarship Program for International Students in Germany, 2018

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights is currently accepting applications for The Legal Training Program. This programme “offers young people with limited financial means and/or from underrepresented geographic and social backgrounds the chance to gain professional experience in human rights work”.

The Legal Training Program offers participants a unique platform for the theory and practice of international human rights law. We aim to develop and further a well-founded and critical analysis of the most pressing contemporary issues of law and society.

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting civil and human rights worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by a small group of renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, by juridical means.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: January 28, 2018
  • Course Level: This is a legal training programme.
  • Study Subject: The Legal Training Programme offers participants a unique platform for the theory and practice of international human rights law.
  • Scholarship Award:

Duration: Scholarships are generally granted for a five-month full-time internship (40 hours per week).

Starting dates: Starting dates can be arranged between 1 May and 1 December 2018. Please note the application deadline. The International Crimes and Accountability Program welcome in particular applications from candidates available to start in May 2018.

Payment: ECCHR hires scholarship holders as interns who are employed by ECCHR and receive a gross monthly wage of €1,550 (minus tax and social security deductions).

For scholarship holders, the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung will also cover return travel costs from the place of residence to Berlin up to €1,500 and any visa costs that arise.

Accommodation: We cannot provide accommodation but are happy to give some advice on finding accommodation in Berlin.

  • Nationality: All nationalities
  • Number of Scholarships: The Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung is offering five scholarships for this round of applications. Scholarship holders will also be in contact with the Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung and will keep them updated on their experience with ECCHR.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: The scholarship is open to all nationalities. For non-EU citizens, the final acceptance is dependent on the issuance of the appropriate visa.

Entrance Requirements:  The call for applications is aimed at students and young professionals (max one year after graduation) who wish to apply for ECCHR’s Legal Training Program but whose personal and financial situation would make it impossible to participate on an unpaid basis. If this does not reflect your situation, we would ask you to refrain from applying for this scholarship.

The scholarship is open to all nationalities. For non-EU citizens, the final acceptance is dependent on the issuance of the appropriate visa.

We expressly encourage applications from candidates from the Global South as well as refugees and others with a migration background. For refugees, there is flexibility regarding the requirement that applicants must have graduated in the past year.

English Language Requirements: Strong English skills are required; a good knowledge of German is desirable but not obligatory; competency in other languages (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French – depending on current projects) is a bonus.

What are the professional requirements?

Applicants should have the following knowledge and experience:

  • Education: Ongoing or completed degree in law and/or another relevant subject area. Applicants may set out the relevance of their education history in more detail in their letter of motivation.
  • Knowledge: All applicants should have a fundamental understanding of human rights and some experience in dealing with human rights topics. Program-specific background knowledge is also important:
  • Business and Human Rights: Good knowledge of international debates on the topic of business and human rights and of legal action against companies on a national level.
  • International Crimes and Accountability: Good understanding of the international criminal law (incl. extraterritorial cases at the national level) as well as the current legal and political debates on international criminal jurisdiction. Background knowledge of sexualized violence in international criminal law is a plus.
  • Migration: Good knowledge of European and public international law as well as the relevant fundamentals of refugee law, ideally also practical experience in migration law or refugee protection.
  • Languages: Excellent written and spoken English is required. German language skills are desirable but not required for the Legal Training Program. Other languages are a plus (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French – depending on current projects).

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Applications may be submitted in German or in English; the choice of language will not place applicants at an advantage/disadvantage.

Please submit the following documents as separate pdf documents by email and without a cover letter:

  1. ECCHR application form (download), with the file name: Last name_application
  2. CV, with the file name: Last name_CV

Please limit your application to the requested documents and do not include transcripts, letters of recommendation or work samples.

Send your completed application to application-at-ecchr.eu.

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