International Clerkships Program

Supported by the Shull Yang International Experience Awards, Quebec's Ministère des relations internationales, the FQRSC McGill Research Team on Private Justice and the Rule of Law, and McGill University's Faculty of Law, the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) manages an international clerkship program in collaboration with the following:

  • a 9-month clerkship at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).
  • a 10-month clerkship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ);
  • a 12-month clerkship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA);

All three clerkships normally start in September of the application year. Funding is confirmed for the three clerkships in 2019. The calls for candidates goes out each year in January.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Clerkships - San José, Costa Rica

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.

International Court of Justice Judicial Fellows - The Hague, The Netherlands

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 as judicial fellows (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 clerkships begin in September, concluding in June of the following year. The successful candidate will receive a stipend to assist with living expenses and other costs.

The International Court of Justice's Judicial Fellows Programme 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. Judicial fellows (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 either one of the following forms, and follow instructions in the Call for applications document above:

Permanent Court of Arbitration Clerkships - The Hague, The Netherlands

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.