Internship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights Lawyer (6 months)

Deadline for application: 3 January 2012

For over 25 years, INTERIGHTS has played a leading role in promoting human rights through the use of international and comparative law through strategic litigation and a range of complementary capacity building activities, working with lawyers, judges and civil society partners worldwide. INTERIGHTS currently focuses its activities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and thematically on economic and social rights, equality and security and the rule of law.

INTERIGHTS is seeking applications from lawyers working on lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights. This internship focuses on LGBTI inAfricawith the aim of developing INTERIGHTS strategic work in the region.

The six month internship will begin in early April – September 2012.

This full-time placement will provide an opportunity for a lawyer with knowledge of LGBTI issues and relevant law to develop their legal skills while assisting the program with:

  • Legal research on international and comparative human rights law and practice with respect to the protection of LGBTI rights
  • Preparation of materials for legal trainings and meetings on the application and development of equality standards in this context
  • Supporting the further development of INTERIGHTS’ LGBTI work
  • Providing support to the Africa LGBTI Rights Lawyers’ Network

Where possible, the intern may attend meetings with human rights practitioners, human rights lectures in London or at other universities, or visit other international or national human rights organizations based in London.

INTERIGHTS will arrange and pay for travel, travel insurance and visa costs. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of £1,300. Accommodation is not provided but INTERIGHTS can advise on finding a suitable place to stay.

Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read the person specification. To apply, please send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae indicating two referees, a completed equality and diversity monitoring form and a recent unedited writing sample of no more than two thousand words.  All forms can be downloaded. Applications should be sent to the organization directly.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3 January 2012.