Call for intern: International and European human rights law

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut offers law students the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with practical experience of working in the fields of international and European law.

The Institute is currently offering one internship position to assist with research projects in the fields of international law and European human rights law (research strand Transnational public interests: Constituting public interest beyond and below the state). This internship is split equally between two programs, supervised by Stephanie Triefus and Dr Antoine Duval respectively:

  •  To assist in the coordination and administration of Human Rights Here, the academic blog of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR).
    • Specifically, editing and contributing blog posts, corresponding with authors and editors, managing posting of the blogs on the HRH website, and promoting solicitation and dissemination of the blog posts via social media.
  • To provide ad hoc research assistance, especially in the field of business and human rights, to support the Doing Business Right project.
    • In particular, drafting and editing research bibliographies, case notes, blogs and summaries; and
    • Helping with the logistics of (online) events and the subsequent drafting of reports.

What we offer:

A full-time internship with a monthly stipend of €550 a month for a period of six months for a law student specialising in international or European law. The starting date of the internship is 15 April 2024.

Interested candidates for the position should:

  • Be enrolled as a student or, in exceptional circumstances, be a recent graduate in international or European law;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in international and/or European human rights law, particularly business and human rights;
  • Have excellent English language skills;
  • Have strong editorial skills;
  • Have full computer proficiency (additional experience in maintaining websites and social media accounts is an advantage);
  • Be motivated and able to work independently and within a team.

Internships at Asser are for students only. This means that you must be registered as a student at a university or a school and must be eligible to live and work in the Netherlands through either EU citizenship or a student visa from a Dutch university. Recent graduates (bachelor and master) may apply, but only within the first year of graduation, when ‘learning through interning’ may still add to your education.

Regretfully, the Asser Institute cannot hire students without EU citizenship for internships, unless they already have a Dutch residency and work permit. In order to accelerate the selection process, please include relevant visa status or residence permit information in your application.

The internship is an opportunity to learn in an active and dynamic research environment. Therefore, we expect interns to be present at the Institute in The Hague. It is not a remote working opportunity.

Please read this page on internships at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut for more information.

How to apply:

Persons who are interested in applying should send their letter of motivation, a CV including relevant visa/residency status, and a writing sample of around 5000 words in English (preferably submitted in a single PDF file) to by Friday, 1 March 2024, at 23:59 CEST at the latest indicating ‘Application HRH Internship’ on the subject line. Applications received after the deadline, or not including the required three components (letter of motivation, a CV, and a writing sample) will not be considered eligible. Individual interviews will take place online during the week of 11 March 2024.

About the ​T.M.C. Asser Instituut 
The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is an internationally renowned research institute in the fields of international law and European law based in The Hague. The institute is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.

Our values
The Asser community is a public-spirited community that is committed to excellence, integrity, inclusivity, and public values.

Our vision
We envision a world in which local, national and transnational public interests are protected and promoted by international and European public and private law. This is supported by critical reflection conducive to perspectives for action to confront our global challenges.

Our mission
The Asser Institute aims to contribute to the development of international and European public and private law by independently conducting fundamental, policy-oriented and applied legal research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events that aim to disseminate knowledge of international and European law.