2005 Summer Internships

Program details

The following CLA-ACE internships were offered for the summer of 2005. Click here to see some reflections from the field from our 2005 interns.

Humanitarian Law Centre

Position: Internship with the Humanitarian Law Centre (HLC), a human rights and humanitarian law organization based in Kosovo.

Background: HLC was founded in 1992 following the outbreak of armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. Since its founding, the HLC has researched killings, disappearances, camps, torture of prisoners of war, and the patterns of ethnic cleansing in times of armed conflict by interviewing witnesses and victims. After collecting a large body of documentation on war crimes, the HLC in August 1994 began cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. As of June 1999, it has been cooperating also with Prosecutor’s Offices in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, providing them with information and expert assistance with regard to war crimes trials.

Location: Prishtina, Kosovo.

Job Description: The intern would be involved in researching and monitoring war crime trials being conducted by international judges appointed by UN Mission in Kosovo.

Period:May to July (3 months)


Position: Internship with the Cambodian League for the Protection of Human Rights (LICADHO), a Cambodian organization that promotes civil and political rights of the Cambodian people.

Background: Since 1992, LICADHO has been at the forefront of efforts to protect the rights in Cambodia and to promote respect for civil and political rights by the Cambodian government and institutions. ICADHO advocates on behalf of the Cambodian people and acts as a monitor of the government through wide ranging human rights programs from its main office in Phnom Penh and 12 provincial offices (www.licadho.org).

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Job Description: Interns will be involved in:

  • Updating prison reports (health conditions and general situation)
  • Updating torture in police stations report
  • Compiling reports on mining incidents along the border of Thailand/Cambodia to lobby against the use of mines to control the borders
  • Compiling basic information and procedures on extra territorial law (Australia, US, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavian countries, Japan and UK) to assist in case work
  • Contributing to LICADHO’s Child Domestic Workers report

Period: May-August (4 months)

Note: LICADHO will provide selected intern with 7 days accommodation/food, as well as benefits during internship ($75/monthly transport allowance, phone, $20 monthly phone card and motorcycle helmet).

Kosovo Law Centre

Position: Internship with the Kosovo Law Centre (KLC), a human rights and humanitarian law organization based in Kosovo.

Background: KLC was established in June 2000, as an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was founded by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission in Kosovo (OSCE/OMIK), Department of Human Rights and Rule of Law. The goal in creating KLC was to cultivate the professional skills of local legal talent in order to establish a locally run, independent and sustainable NGO that embodies, develops and promotes democratic principals, multiculturalism, high ethical standards, the rule of law and respect for human rights. The KLC serves as a legal think-tank devoted to the development of the rule of law and the promotion of human rights. The KLC is neutral, unbiased and strictly nonpolitical in nature.

Location: Prishtina, Kosovo.

Job Description: KLC interns work on a variety of projects to support the needs of the permanent staff., including legal and political research, working in the KLC library, writing articles for publication, and other tasks as necessary. KLC interns are encouraged to research developments in Kosovo relating to good governance, human rights and the rule of law and write on these topics.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Position: Internship with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), an organization that works with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who may or will be criminalized.

Background: On March 8, 2001, CAEFS requested that the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) conduct a broad-based systemic review and issue a special report regarding the treatment of women serving federal terms of imprisonment. The basis of the human rights complaint was the fact that federally sentenced women (in particular aboriginal, other racialized women and women mental disabilities) face discrimination throughout the criminal justice system. On January 28, 2004, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) issued its special report entitled, Protecting Their Rights: A Systemic Review of Human Rights in Correctional Services for Federally Sentenced Women, the CHRC Report made 19 recommendations for far-reaching changes with respect to the manner in which the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) might work to alleviate the systemic discrimination experienced by women serving sentences of two years or more

Location: Flexible – research may be conducted independently or at CAEFS office in Ottawa.

Job Description: The intern would be responsible for researching how the United Nations Minimum Standard Rules on the Treatment of Prisoners and the bodies that monitor them could be used to further Elizabeth Fry Canada’s human rights work and the recommendations that arose from CHRC’s systemic review.

Rights and Democracy

Position: Internship with Rights and Democracy, a Canadian organization that promotes human rights and democratic development.

Background: Rights & Democracy is a Canadian institution with an international mandate working with citizens and governments in Canada and abroad to promote human rights and democratic development through dialogue, advocacy, capacity building and public education. It focuses on four themes: democratic development, women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and globalization and human rights.

Location: Montreal, Quebec.

Job Description: The intern would be responsible for researching and making policy recommendations on the ratification and domestic compliance by Asian states of international human rights instruments. An examination would be conducted regarding the obstacles encountered in giving effect to human rights at the national level and how they can be overcome. Consideration will be given to focusing on a few countries where Rights & Democracy already has or plans to have national level programmes (e.g., China, India and Indonesia).

Sawridge Band

Position: Internship with Sawridge First Nation in Northern Alberta.

Background: The Sawridge First Nation has been in existence since the signing of Treaty No. 8 in 1899. The Band’s reserve is located in and around the Town of Slave Lake, with a total of 6,000 acres contained in reserves 150G and 150H. The Sawridge Band’s main objective for its member is to continue to be self-supporting and job creating, and to create an economic base not dependent on depleting resources or government contributions. The First Nation, in addition to a recently built Sawridge mall, has a spacious hotel, a large supermarket, a 24-hour truck stop, and other numerous enterprises in Slave Lake and on its adjacent reserves. Elsewhere in the province, the First Nation also operates a luxurious resort hotel in the Jasper National Park and another in the City of Fort McMurray. The First Nation also has a majority interest in a successful engineering firm in Calgary (Optima Engineers and Constructors). The Sawridge First Nation has played a leading role in the formation of the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council (LSLIRC). The head office for the LSLIRC is situated in the Sawridge Administration Building on the Sawridge Indian Reserve.

Location: Slave Lake, Alberta

Job Description: Intern would be involved in preserving oral history evidence by taking detailed willsay statements for each elder of the Sawridge First Nation to be used in litigation with the federal government. Intern would also be involved in research relating to aboriginal issues (e.g., in relation to Bill S-16, An Act providing for the Crown’s recognition of self-governing First Nations of Canada, the scope of federal obligations under Treaty No. 6 and other treaties, etc.).

Note: Accommodation will be provided for the duration of the internship.

Canadian Lawyers Abroad

Position: Internship with Canadian Lawyers Abroad – Avocats canadiens à l’étranger, an organization that is committed to serving the legal needs of developing countries by harnessing the experience and skills of Canadian lawyers in the areas of good governance, the rule of law and human rights.

Background: Although informally existing since 2003, CLA-ACE has become an independent NGO in Canada as of 2004. Energized by its volunteers and the support of the legal community, CLA-ACE is quickly becoming a well known and successful organization in Canada and abroad. We have two student chapters, five more being established, and are developing pro bono opportunities of students and lawyers alike across Canada. We encourage discussion and exploration of issues relating to the rule of law, good governance and human rights, and want to encourage the Canadian legal community to take a more active role in these issues around the world.

Location: Flexible, although Toronto or Ottawa would be most convenient

Job Description: As a young organization, we are looking for someone to take on a series of tasks to help organize and lay the groundwork for the future of this national organization. Depending on the skills of the intern, projects might include helping to create an international network with other NGOs, working on our organization’s bulletin, researching into possible projects, creating a database, reviewing documents and agreements, researching rule of law, good governance and human rights legal issues, and organizing symposium events.

Period: Between 2-4 months over the summer

Asia Foundation – Timor-Leste

Position: Internship with the Timor-Leste office of the Asia Foundation which focuses on supporting democratic and economic development in the newly independent Timor-Leste.

Background: The Asia Foundation has been working on programs in Timor-Leste for more than a decade. It supports programs that strengthen the country’s democratic development by promoting constitutional development, legal reform, education, the development of free media, and the advancement of human rights. After providing the most comprehensive and wide-ranging voter education and election programming in Timor-Leste in 2001 and 2002 in partnership with the Timor-Leste National NGO Forum, the Asia Foundation is currently furthering the country’s democratic development by supporting efforts to establish a sound, independent, and broadly accessible justice system. In addition, its programs will support private sector-led growth and help enable small and medium enterprises to fulfill their potential for poverty reduction and job creation.

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste.

Job Description: The intern will be doing work on projects relating to the Asia Foundation’s Access to Justice and Legislative Development Programs.

Period: May – July/August (3-4 months).

Timor Sea Designated Authority

Position: Internship with the Timor Sea Designated Authority (TSDA), an international organization that manages the petroleum resources in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA), an area located in the Timor Sea between Timor-Leste and Australia.

Background: Following Timor-Leste’s independence in 2002, Timor-Leste and Australia entered into the Timor Sea Treaty which replaced the Timor Gap Treaty, a treaty between Australia and Indonesia that was the subject of much controversy. The Timor Sea Treaty establishes a temporary joint petroleum revenue sharing area in the Timor Sea between Timor-Leste and Australia. Under the Treaty, Timor-Leste receives 90 per cent of tax and royalty revenues from oil and gas production in the JPDA, while Australia receives 90%. The TSDA administers and regulates the petroleum activities in the JPDA. This involves promoting acreage for competitive bidding for awards of contracts; approving, monitoring and reporting on work programs, budgets, work variations, acreage relinquishments; and issuing regulations and directions and monitoring compliance. The TSDA also aims to develop human resources in the Timor-Leste petroleum sector and to contribute to institutional development in Timor Leste. The TSDA is planning to conduct all TSDA activities from Dili, Timor-Leste by the summer of 2005.

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste.

Job Description: Intern will be involved in coordinating with the newly created Energy Mineral Resources Department within the Timor-Leste Government. with respect to legal matters, including preparation of documentation for release of acreage, bidding systems and review and approval of contracts.

Period: June – August (3 months).

Right to Play

Position: Internship with Right to Play (RTP), a humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to encourage the healthy physical, social and emotional development of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Background: RTP is committed to every child’s right to play and takes an active role in research and policy development in this area. RTP’s aim is to engage leaders on all sides of development, sport, business and media to ensure every child benefits from the positive power of sport and play. RTP works closely with communities to help set up the networks and infrastructure necessary to support sustainable local ownership of our sport and play programs. RTP also trains local youth to be coaches to expand the reach of our programs and to impart valuable leadership skills to the next generation. RTP’s programs are currently implemented in Azerbaijan, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia. RTP’s international headquarters is located in Toronto, Canada with national offices in the USA, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland.

Location: Toronto, Ontario.

Job Description: Intern will be involved in legal work supporting RTP’s mandate, including supporting and researching best practices for using sport for development and international policy, as well as working on legal matters relating to the organization (e.g., review of contracts, charity law, intellectual property and trademark registration, etc.).

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