Internship in Business and Human Rights at BIICL

British Institutue of International & Comparative Law is undertaking a series of research projects on business and human rights issues.  This includes a major research project with Norton Rose Fulbright on human rights due diligence.

We are seeking some volunteer interns to provide assistance with these projects and related activities, as well as to assist them to gain further knowledge and development in this important and fast growing field.

Minimum formal requirements:

  • Level of education: LLM degree in International Law, Human Rights or equivalent, or relevant work experience with an NGO, international organisation, government department or private practice. Exceptional candidates with only a first degree in law may be considered.
  • Knowledge: Good knowledge of current business and human rights issues and legal and other developments in this field.
  • Research and drafting skills: Ability to analyse and draw conclusions in a clear and precise manner, and a strong ability to conduct research through electronic means and resources.  Prior experience in research posts will be considered a benefit.
  • Language skills: very high level of proficiency in English.

Additional skills we would strongly welcome:

  • Proven ability to work well in a team.
  • Organisational skills.


Normally an intern is required to be available for a minimum of one day per week for a minimum of three months.  The more time you are able to offer and the longer your period of availability, the more likely we are to be able to make use of your skills in a way that is most rewarding both for you and for us.

Please give details of the amount of time per week you are available, the date from which you would be available and an end date if known, or indefinite if applicable.  Please state the days of the week that suit you best if known.

The Institute has high academic standards and expects a serious level of commitment and professionalism from its interns.

How to apply:

Applications are handled by email only.  To apply, please email Lise Smit at [email protected] with:

  • Your CV;
  • A brief personal statement outlining your suitability for the position and availability;
  • A sample of your writing (e.g., a paper you have written for a postgraduate course or a publication); and
  • The names of two referees, one of whom is an academic.

Please also include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name and contact details
  • Current educational status
  • Availability


Applications are handled by email only.  They will be considered on a rolling basis, as new research arises or current interns reach the end of their period of availability.

If you reach the interview stage, you will then be invited for interview in person or by telephone at a mutually convenient time.  Unfortunately, we are not able to offer everyone an interview, and as a result, some applications will be considered unsuccessful without progressing to the interview stage, or may be kept on file until suitable work matching the applicant's skills becomes available.  We aim to respond to all applications in due course but, due to limited resources, this may not always be possible.

Job title: Business & Human Rights Internship

Location: London

Contract: Minimum one day per week for three months

Salary: Unpaid

Closing date: Open until filled