Legal intern

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Salary: unpaid, daily expenses paid

Duration: a minimum of three months, working 2 or 3 days a week


MRG’s legal programme focuses on strategic litigation on minority rights and indigenous issues. We are looking for an intern to assist in identifying gaps in the law for selection of new cases and will also assist in research and writing of legal memos in support of existing cases. Interns are also responsible for undertaking research on emerging standards in international law that relate to minorities and indigenous peoples.

MRG currently has experience litigating cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. MRG has also supported litigation before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The litigation focuses primarily on land rights, political participation and wider anti-discrimination issues. For a full overview of our legal work, you are encouraged to visit our website – see

MRG’s legal interns gain full hands-on experience of our legal work. Full engagement in the research, analysis and drafting of cases is essential. As much of our work covers new legal ground, we also count on interns’ creativity to help establish new jurisprudence. In the past, interns have for example been involved in developing arguments on the Right to Development for an indigenous land rights case against Kenya. These were subsequently argued before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  Interns can also expect to have contact with MRG’s partner organisations, with MRG staff in other international offices, and with staff in other departments in London.



For more information, download the job description and person specification.

MRG values diversity. As an organisation, people with disabilities, and black and indigenous people of colour as well as some other BAME groups are under-represented in our team and thus we particularly welcome applications from these groups.
If you do not already have a visa / permission to work in the UK, MRG can provide support for candidates’ visa applications. MRG is registered as an A-rated sponsor with the Home Office.

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter with a short writing sample to

The deadline to apply is 9 am on 20 September 2020, interviews will be scheduled the following week and the start date will be ideally and depending on availabilities on the 5th October 2020.

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