MEMOCRACY Project Intern

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

The Institute is currently offering an internship position to assist with research projects in the fields of international law and European law (research strand on Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law), under supervision of Asser senior researcher Dr. Ulad Belavusau.

The main tasks of the internship include:

  • To assist with our international consortium project entitled ‘The Challenge of Populist Memory Politics for Europe: Towards Effective Responses to Militant Legislation on the Past’ (MEMOCRACY): the Asser Institute will run this research project in cooperation with the Cologne University, Copenhagen University and Polish Academy of Sciences;
  • To provide ad hoc research assistance, especially in the field of European and international law, with a focus on memory politics and anti-discrimination law (in particular, editing academic books and articles as well as maintaining social media of the MEMOCRACY project);
  • To assist in organizing the Free Speech Forum and other events on human rights, memory politics and anti-discrimination law under the supervision of a senior researcher at the Institute;
  • To help with the logistics of (online) events and the subsequent drafting of reports.

What we offer:

A full-time, paid (€ 300 to € 450 a month, depending on level of education) internship for a period of six months, starting 15 November 2021, for a student specialising in European, international or constitutional law, or alternatively in European studies.

Interested candidates should:

  • Be enrolled as a student or a recent graduate in European, international or constitutional law, or European studies (with an emphasis on memory politics and / or Central-Eastern European studies);
  • Have a demonstrable interest in international and European (especially human rights and anti-discrimination) law, possibly also regarding the interrelation between law and history or broader politics of memory;
  • Have excellent English language skills;
  • Have strong editorial skills;
  • Have full computer proficiency (experience in maintaining websites and social media is an advantage);
  • Be motivated and able to work independently and within a team.

How to apply:

Students who are interested in applying should send their letter of motivation, a CV, and a writing sample in English (preferably submitted in one PDF file) to by 1 November 2021 at 23:59 CET (using ‘Application MEMOCRACY Internship’ as the title for their email). The writing sample may include a relevant essay, article or a chapter from a bachelor / master thesis written by the student in the area of European or international anti-discrimination (equality) law, memory politics or human rights (especially on freedom of speech). Individual interviews will take place during the first half of November 2021. The envisaged starting date is 15 November 2021. Applications received after the deadline or not including the required three components (letter of motivation, CV and writing sample) will not be considered.