Legal Research Intern at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

We are seeking a Legal Research Intern to start in July 2015 and one to start later in 2015

Note: We are also recruiting a non-legal Research Intern for a June 2015 start – see our homepage for details

Applicants must have:

  • Excellent English
  • Law degree (already obtained or currently enrolled)
  • Clear demonstrated commitment to human rights

Minimum internship period: at least 3 months full-time (35 hours a week) or 6 months part-time (15 hours a week).

Reimbursement of local travel costs, and lunch up to £5; we are unable to pay any stipend or salary.

Location: our office in central London (after training is completed, intern may also work from home at times if he/she wishes).

About half the intern’s time will be spent developing our Corporate Legal Accountability Project, the leading global information hub about human rights lawsuits against companies.  The intern will research lawsuits and draft brief profiles in non-legal language explaining what the lawsuit is about, and what procedural stage it has reached.  The intern will also search for commentaries and official documents relating to each lawsuit, keep the profiles updated, and help inform legal advocates and others about the portal.  The intern will also help develop contact lists and disseminate our corporate accountability materials to legal contacts.

The other half of the Legal Research Intern’s time will be spent assisting the Centre’s general, non-legal work, including:

  • Online research & input: Finding relevant news & reports online; composing abstracts; completing an input form to add each item to our site – helping us draw global attention to how companies are impacting the rights of people and communities.
  • Updating broken & outdated links on our site.
  • Researching companies and creating new company sections on our site.
  • Raising awareness about the Resource Centre by contacting relevant organizations.

Please note that for part-time internships, the intern will only carry out tasks related to the Corporate Legal Accountability Project.

The intern will also participate in staff meetings with all staff and regional researchers.  Our Corporate Legal Accountability Project Manager and Legal Researcher will train, supervise and support the intern.  Please note that this internship is not academically oriented, and does not involve extensive analytical work.

You must have, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or a professional law degree (LLB/JD or similar).  Your research skills and interest in international human rights should be strong.  You will need the ability to concisely summarise and demystify large amounts of complex information.  You should be self-motivated, and able to work independently while functioning well as a member of a small team.  You should be willing to do some routine work in addition to more interesting work.  Attention to detail is essential.  Previous experience working with websites is not necessary.

Languages: You must have excellent working knowledge of English.  Fluency in Spanish, Russian or Arabic is highly desirable but not essential.  Other language skills (particularly good working knowledge of Chinese, French, German or Portuguese) would be very welcome, in which case some of your work will include research & input in those languages.

About Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: The Centre’s website ( has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject.  It is updated hourly and receives heavy traffic from across the world.  We track the human rights impacts, positive and negative, of over 6100 companies worldwide.  The UN and ILO have, at their request, linked their websites to ours.  The Resource Centre has 10 paid staff in London, including the Executive Director.  Our team members are also based in Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Senegal, South Africa, Myanmar, Ukraine & USA.  The Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies.  Further details about the Centre are on our site.

Person specification: Legal Research Intern



Essential / desirable

Legal studies

Have/enrolled in undergraduate or professional law degree (LLB/JD or equivalent)


General research & analytical skills

Ability to search out & identify relevant articles & reports on the internet, to categorise & summarise them clearly & succinctly


Academic or work experience involving research


Legal research skills

Ability to efficiently search out & identify relevant case information, commentaries and official documents on the internet and by other means


Academic and/or work experience involving legal research


Ability to compile legal research in a clear & succinct manner, adhering to the Resource Centre’s house style


Summarising skills

Ability to summarise complex legal cases clearly & succinctly


Data input capacity

Ability & willingness to do large amount of routine data input on a daily basis to update the website & develop the contacts database


Attention to detail

Attention to detail & accuracy


Language skills

Excellent English: reading/writing/speaking


Fluent Spanish, Arabic or Russian (reading/writing)

Highly desirable – but not essential

Good working knowledge (reading/writing) of other languages, particularly Chinese, French or Portuguese to a standard to be able to read newspaper articles and compose brief written summaries

Desirable – but not essential

 Excellent spelling skills


Information technology skills

Basic proficiency in computer use, including word processing, spreadsheets (Excel), e-mail, using the internet

Essential [experience working on a website is not necessary]


Ability to use own initiative and to work independently



Motivated by achieving results and completing tasks


Team skills

Ability & willingness to work effectively as part of a small team


Organizational skills

Experience of organising & prioritising own work


International knowledge

Interest in international affairs


General knowledge of international social & environmental issues


Commitment to human rights

Interest in & commitment to promoting human rights


Impartiality & balance

Ability & willingness to present information objectively & impartially


Conflict of interest

No activities or membership/affiliation with organizations in conflict with the aims & objectives of the Resource Centre or which may jeopardise its image, impartiality & independence


Business & Human Rights Resource Centre strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

To apply, please download and complete the application form below, and send via email to Alex Janczenia [email protected]. Please include ‘Legal Research Internship’ in the subject line. Note, we cannot accept CVs.

Closing date: 25 May 2015, 5pm London time