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International Clerkships Programme

Supported by the Québec Ministère des relations internationales, the FQRSC McGill Research Team on Private Justice and the Rule of Law, and the McGill University Faculty of Law, the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) is currently accepting applications for:

  • a 12-month clerkship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA);
  • a 9-month clerkship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • a 9-month clerkship program at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) (funding to be confirmed)

All three clerkships are due to start in September 2016.

Clerks at each court are assigned to assist one or more members or staff of the Courts with tasks such as drafting legal and administrative documents, preparing case files, and researching legal issues. The successful candidate will receive a stipend from the Faculty of Law to assist with living expenses and other costs.

Deadline to apply: December 7, 2015.

To find out more on eligibility criteria, how to apply for each, download PDF icon appel-international-clerkships-eng-fra-2016-2017v2.pdf (Updated Nov. 25, 2015)


International Court of Justice Clerkships

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, invites the Faculty of Law to submit applications for clerks. This offers a unique opportunity for one McGill student or recent graduate to work at one of the world’s most important legal institutions. The nine-month clerkship will begin September 1, 2015, and conclude June 1, 2016. The successful candidate will receive a stipend to assist with living expenses and other costs.

The clerkship program at the ICJ is directly inspired by the North American practice of appellate courts hiring law clerks for a short period of time to assist judges in fulfilling their duties. Clerks will be assigned to one or more members of the Court to assist with tasks such as drafting opinions, orders, and other court documents; preparing case files; and researching legal issues. To apply to this program, use the Microsoft Office document icon icj_application_form.doc

Permanent Court of Arbitration Clerkships

The purposes of the Permanent Court of Arbitration clerkships are a) to increase the participant’s understanding of current dispute resolution and arbitration issues, both at the regional and international levels, and give them an insight into the work of the PCA; and b) to provide the PCA with the assistance and contribution of an outstanding young graduate. The candidate is chosen to work within the PCA’s Secretariat, helping counsel in their work in support of major arbitration or other cases.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Clerships

The Internship Program at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights offers students in the areas of law, international relations, political science, linguistics and translations an opportunity to gain practical experience in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. The program offers an understanding of the operation of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the applicable international instruments and the activities of the Tribunal. It also aims to provide a practical experience that serves to complement the participant's academic and professional development, which may be applied later in the different work environments that the interns arrive at upon completion of the internship or professional visit. Finally, the program promotes the participation of people of different nationalities, who come from different judicial systems.