Legal Research Intern
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking an enthusiastic, reliable and well-organised Legal Research Intern to work with our Corporate Legal Accountability team. This is a paid part-time internship opportunity for applicants with a law degree (LLB/LLM/JD or similar).
- Period: Minimum commitment of 10 hours a week, for a period of 2 months starting in January 2022.
- Salary: Total of GBP 1,200 for duration of internship (location-specific living wage hourly rates)
- Location: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is a remote position in which the intern works from their home or university.
- Closing Date: 27 October 2021
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 10,000 companies worldwide. We seek responses from companies when concerns are raised by civil society. The response rate is over 80% globally. The Resource Centre has offices in London, New York and Washington DC, and a global network of Regional Researchers. The Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies.
The Resource Centre’s Corporate Legal Accountability (CLA) programme empowers lawyers and legal advocates, and drives forward global debate on legal accountability, to end corporate impunity for human rights abuses. Our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal is the only global information hub on corporate legal accountability. We update the portal daily with information and resources from around the world.
- Online legal research & inputs: find relevant news, commentaries, reports and court documents relating to lawsuits against companies over alleged human rights abuses; compose abstracts; categorise articles; create and update information on the website, including broken links.
- Drafting & updating summaries: summarise legal information about lawsuits brought against companies to redress human rights abuse and present them in a concise, accessible format.
- Participate in (virtual) meetings, including fortnightly Global Team meetings with all staff and regional researchers.
- Additional Tasks: You may also be asked to assist the Resource Centre with general, non-legal work, such as supporting our company response mechanism; liaising with relevant organizations etc.
Please note that this internship is not academically oriented, and does not involve extensive analysis or writing. Rather, it is a practical internship focused on bringing global attention to company conduct affecting people and communities, with the aim of promoting respect for human rights.
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Legal studies: With a legal background (LLB/LLM/JD or similar).
Research & analytical skills:
- Ability to carry out general research, including online and to summarise information clearly and succinctly.
- Demonstrated academic or professional experience carrying out research and analysing information.
Legal analysis & research skills: Academic and/or work experience carrying out legal research.
Commitment to human rights: Interest in and commitment to promoting human rights.
Data input capacity: Ability and willingness to do large amount of routine data input on a daily basis to update the website.
- Excellent English language skills (reading/writing/speaking).
- Fluency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian highly is desirable (but not essential). Good working knowledge of other languages is a plus.
Initiative: Ability to use own initiative and to work independently. Motivated by achieving results and completing tasks.