Exciting Opportunity to Intern on the Radovan Karadzic Defence Team

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Radovan Karadzic, a former Bosnian Serb politician, currently stands trial at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges. He is also accused of ordering the Srebrenica genocide which is considered to be the most serious atrocity committed in Europe since World War 2. The trial judgment in his case will be issued in December 2015 but his defence team has already assembled again to begin work on his appeal. 

Six students at Liverpool Law School secured coveted places to intern on the Karadzic defence team this summer. The defence team was so impressed with the high calibre of their work that they would like our students to continue working on the appeal case. There are currently a number of intern positions available on the defence team which have all been exclusively reserved for our students.

Students will be able to complete their internship on a part-time basis during their degree under the supervision of Peter Robinson (legal advisor to Radovan Karadzic) and a member of staff at Liverpool Law School. Students will be able to complete their internships in Liverpool and so will avoid the high costs of moving to the Netherlands to take up the opportunity. Upon the successful completion of the internship, students will receive a certificate from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in recognition of their contribution.  

An internship on the Karadzic defence team is regarded as one of the most prestigious in International Law. Previous interns have gone on to have very successful careers in academia, diplomacy, international organisations such as the UN, Europol and the OSCE and the legal profession most notably as prosecution and defence trial lawyers at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

An internship with the defence team will help you gain vital legal skills, increase your employability and bridge the gap between the theory and practice of law. Your assigned task(s) will vary but would include summarising witness testimony, completing legal research and drafting motions, briefs and letters. 

No previous knowledge of international criminal law is necessary. However, this opportunity is only available to LLM students, PhD Candidates and third year undergraduate students with at least a 2.1 grade in their second year exam results.

Internships are expected to begin in early October 2015 and will last for approximately 2-3 months depending on the type of task assigned to them.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please send the following to Anna.Marie.Brennan@liverpool.ac.uk by 5pm on 25 September 2015:

1. A cover letter;

2. A CV summarising your grades, extra-curricular activities and previous work experience;

3. A brief statement (maximum 300 words) outlining how this internship will benefit your career.

This is a great opportunity to work on one of the most interesting war crimes cases since the Nuremberg Trials. If you have any questions please contact: Anna.Marie.Brennan@liverpool.ac.uk