IAC ISHR has received 20 applications from students, members of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) organization from France, Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Greece, Georgia, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, who wish to do an internship in a human rights organization.
Recall that in 2021, a new project of the Information and Analytical Center of the International Society for Human Rights, dedicated to strengthening the rule of law in Armenia and Ukraine, was launched. The project will last for two years and will focus on monitoring trials in both countries. An important area of the project’s work is the educational component.
In the context of the educational program of the IAC project, ISHR has already started cooperation with several Ukrainian higher education institutions and student organizations, including the international student organization ELSA. A memorandum of cooperation between the two organizations was signed in 2021.
The main objectives of the internship at ISHR is to establish interaction and exchange of experience between young professionals from different countries; analysis of the situation in the courts of the countries of the Council of Europe; expanding the practical application of international law in the field of human rights.
In Ukraine, trainees will learn how to monitor court hearings according to the methodology developed by the IAC ISHR, and will conduct similar monitoring in their countries.
“The methodology that ISHR uses to monitor trials is based on the practice of the ECtHR, and not on national law,” says Anton Alekseyev, director of the IAC ISHR. “This is not only an opportunity to attract students from around the world to internships in Ukraine, but also the development of the global idea of ISHR – about the interaction of lawyers from different countries to protect human rights around the world.”
Earlier, the IAC ISHR tested this methodology in Ukraine, Armenia, Belgium and France.
As part of the internship, young lawyers will also take part in the preparation of the annual report “The Right to a Fair Trial in Ukraine” in terms of the selection and analysis of ECtHR decisions that qualify human rights violations identified in Ukraine as violations of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
“We highly appreciate the interest of future lawyers in working in the human rights field,” says Anton Alekseyev. – It is no less pleasant that former students, who become scientists or practicing lawyers, continue to interact with a human rights organization. For example, last year’s trainee, who is now doing her postgraduate studies in London, took part in the preparation of the intervention in the cases “Melnyk v. Ukraine” and “Viktor Fedorovich Yanukovych v. Ukraine”.