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Internship with Centre for Civil and Political Rights:

Individual Complaints and Monitoring the 111° UN Human Rights Committee session


The Centre for Civil and Political Rights aims to promote, facilitate and develop NGO engagement with the UN Human Rights Committee. The Human Rights Committee is the UN body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the rights protected by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Two internship positions are currently available in the CCPR’s Programme on Individual Communications and Monitoring the 111° UN Human Rights Committee session.

The duration of the internship is from three to six months, starting in May 2014.

The intern will conduct a variety of office tasks related to the Individual Communications, including read and summarise the Committee’s decisions, look for jurisprudence patterns and conduct follow up investigations. The goal of this aspect of the project will be to provide an accessible and understandable overview of the more recent decisions of the Human Rights Committee.

The intern will also conduct a variety of tasks related to the Human Rights Committee 111° session, including conducting pre-session research on countries up for review and liaising with NGOs and Committee members. One of the primary objectives of CCPR’s mission is to facilitate the interaction between NGO’s and the Committee, both in the form of aiding NGOs in the reporting process leading up to the session, and through formal and informal in-person meetings during the session. The intern will be an integral part of this mission.

The intern will also be charged with managing the dissemination of information throughout the session, via various social media channels. These include conducting live webcasts of each review and managing all Twitter and Facebook updates/accounts.


  • Legal background and excellent knowledge of public international law, including international human rights law and UN human rights protection mechanisms;
  • Fluency in English (knowledge of French or Spanish would be an asset);
  • The intern should be self-motivated, organized and flexible.

NOTE : Due to Swiss restrictive immigration rules, this position requires a valid Swiss permit.

Please send your CV and motivation letter by 27 April 2014 to

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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