International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission Internship

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The International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission (IHFFC) is offering a paid part-time internship to a NYU JD student who will monitor the relevant work at the United Nations, provide support to Members of the Commission upon their visits to New York City and support the Commission’s Annual Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition to tasks in New York, the intern will travel to Switzerland for 1 week in April 2021 for the Annual Meeting and Bureau Meeting of the IHFFC.

The IHFFC is an independent and permanent treaty-based organ established according to Art. 90 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention. Tasked with conducting inquiries into alleged violations of international humanitarian law or with performing its Good Offices, it has observer status with the UN General Assembly (UNGA). More information on the Commission is available at www.ihffc.org. The Swiss Government acts as the Secretariat of the Commission.

The tasks of the intern will be:

  • to monitor the activities of the UNGA and other international humanitarian organizations (OHCHR, ICRC, OCHA etc.) in New York in relation to fact-finding and other relevant issues for the IHFFC;
  • to attend other Meetings and Conferences, at the request of the President, where this is considered useful in accordance with the scope and aims of the Commission;
  • to report the results of this monitoring and observation to the President and the Secretariat of the IHFFC;
  • to draw the attention of the President and the Secretariat of the Commission to events which might require the presence of members of the IHFFC;
  • to support the members of the Commission when attending meetings in New York both in administrative and substantive tasks (e.g., preparing meetings with relevant parties, creating programs and itineraries, accompanying and assisting members during their stay, reporting, etc.);
  • to attend the Annual Meeting and Bureau Meeting in Switzerland in April 2021 to record minutes, provide meeting and drafting assistance, and complete any additional follow up tasks;
  • to provide regular updates via email on relevant work to the President and Secretariat of the Commission.
  • to participate and take notes on the occasion of virtual Bureau meetings.

A number of NYU Law students have performed the role of IHFFC intern since 2010, and the experience has been positive on both sides. The internship is organized by the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Students interested in applying for the post should send a CV, transcript, and a cover letter outlining any relevant experience to chrgj.nyu@gmail.com by noon on May 17, 2020 at the latest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis in advance of this deadline. Interviews with short-listed candidates (by skype or phone) will be held in May 2020. The selected student will ideally commence this role on May 25, 2020 for a handover with the current intern.

This opportunity is open to NYU JD students only. The position is for a 14-month term, with the option to extend upon mutual agreement.

Any questions can be directed to Brianne Cuffe at cuffeb@mercury.law.nyu.edu. Also feel free to reach out to Grace Do, the current intern, at esd324@nyu.edu.

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