ECCHR Call for Applications: Critical Legal Training Scholarships

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Who can apply?
The scholarship call addresses young professionals (max. two years after graduation) who wish to apply for ECCHR’s Critical Legal Training and lack access to professional human rights work and its networks due to socioeconomic, regional or other social exclusion factors.

It is open to all nationalities. ECCHR supports non-EU citizens in the visa process; final acceptance depends on the issuance of the appropriate visa.

What form does the scholarship take?
ECCHR awards six scholarships for the Critical Legal Training.
Duration: Scholarships are generally granted for a full-time, four-month traineeship (40 hours per week).
Starting date: As early as 1 October 2020, always on the first day of the month.
Mobility in times of COVID-19: Long-term travel restrictions or quarantine requirements do not disqualify applicants. Start dates are flexible well into 2021.
Payment: ECCHR hires scholarship holders as trainees. They are employed by ECCHR and receive a gross monthly wage of €1600 (minus tax and social security deductions).
For scholarship holders, ECCHR also covers travel costs from the recipient’s place of residence to and from Berlin.
Accommodation: We cannot provide accommodation, but are happy to give advice on finding housing in Berlin.
Facilities: Our offices are wheelchair-accessible, and ECCHR is committed to providing reasonable adjustments in the workplace for people with disabilities.

What are the professional requirements?
Applicants should have the following knowledge and experience:
Education: Ongoing or completed degree in law and/or another relevant subject area. Applicants may detail the relevance of their education in their letter of motivation.
Knowledge: All applicants should have a fundamental understanding of human rights and some experience dealing with human rights topics. Program-specific background knowledge is also important:
Business and Human Rights: Good knowledge of international debates on the topic, and legal action against companies on the national level.
International Crimes and Accountability: Good understanding of international criminal law (including extraterritorial cases at the national level), as well as current legal and political debates on international criminal jurisdiction. Background knowledge of sexual and gender-based violence in international criminal law is a plus.
Migration: Your application should be written in English, as it is the working language of the program. Candidates should have one of the following: good knowledge of European law (EU and ECHR), international human rights law and refugee law; good knowledge and field experience of European borders; practical experience in litigation. Candidates should be fluent in English and proficient in one of these other languages: French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian or Arabic.
Institute for Legal Intervention: Good knowledge of public international and international human rights law, and background knowledge in gender and postcolonial theory. A documented interest, or practical experience, in the intersection of theory, law and the arts is a plus.
Languages: Excellent written and spoken English is required. German language skills are desired, but not required for Critical Legal Training. Other languages are a plus (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French – depending on current projects).

How to apply?
Please use the online form “Critical Legal Training & Scholarship” to submit your application for the training program and scholarship. If you are only applying to Critical Legal Training– i.e. without a scholarship – please use the other online form (Legal Training Program).
An overview of the complete application form is copied below for your information.
Applications can be submitted in German or English (note: applications to the Migration Program should be in English); neither is given preferential treatment. Applications in other languages cannot be processed.
If you have technical difficulties using the online application form, please send your complete application, including CV, in one PDF document to:
Applications should only include the required documents. Please do not add additional transcripts, references or work samples.

What is the timeframe of the selection process?
The deadline for applications is 25 June 2020.
You can expect a response within six weeks.
Interviews will be held by telephone/Skype in August.
Final decisions are made in early September.

Please note that for applicants from outside the EU who need a visa, we require at least 10 weeks between acceptance into the program and the start of the traineeship to make the necessary formal arrangements.

Marie Badarne, Coordinator, Critical Legal Training