Summer Internship at The Hague Conference on Private International Law – Deadline Feb. 14

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (in The Hague, Netherlands) is once again offering a summer internship for students with grants for international internships.  The Secretariat has indicated that there is only one position for summer 2014.

The Hague Conference is an inter-governmental organization established by treaty to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.  The Conference is responsible for numerous international treaties dealing with various fields of law; they include the Hague Evidence Convention, The Hague Service Convention, The Hague Adoption Convention, and the Hague Child Abduction Convention.

The work of summer interns has been varied.  Students have worked on preparatory materials for potential new conventions:  a choice of court agreement that had final negotiations in summer 2005 and a convention on child support that had a diplomatic session in summer 2006.  Other projects involve the Internet, the environment, and commercial matters.  Tasks also include helping prepare for special commissions that oversee the operations of existing conventions.  Work this summer is likely to include continuing work on children’s issues, including surrogacy, and another attempt at a world-wide judgments convention.

The Hague has attempted to match particular student interests with their ongoing projects.

Interested applicants may request an application from Richard Kelsey by e-mail ( Applications should include the completed application form, a résumé, unofficial transcripts with first-semester grades, and a statement of interest and experience.  Applications should be returned to Mr. Kelsey Professor Silberman, who works closely with the Hague Conference, will be overseeing the selection process.  For additional information, interested applicants may contact Professor Silberman directly ( or Paul Henson, Hague summer intern for 2013 ( Applications are due by Friday, February 14.  A limited number of interviews will follow and selections will be made by early March.

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