Get Involved in Important International Human Rights Work

Legal internship (paid)

The Human Dignity Trust is looking to recruit on one intern for a minimum three-month period to start in January 2019.

The Human Dignity Trust is a legal charity that supports local partners to uphold human rights and constitutional law in countries where private consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex is criminalised. The Trust mobilises the intellectual resources of the international legal community in support of local actors who seek to use the courts to challenge laws that persecute people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Trust is led by the needs of local actors and organisations, supporting them at their request to pursue strategic litigation in domestic, regional and international tribunals to challenge laws criminalising consensual sex between adults of the same sex and related state actions that limit the rights of LGBT people, such as restrictions on their freedom of association.


Our interns are expected to provide comprehensive and quality research into international human rights law, country contexts relevant to LGBT rights, international developments related to LGBT rights, and related matters. They will also be expected to assist with events, legal meetings and general office administration. The role will be based at the Trust’s office in central London.


The successful applicant must have a degree in law (ideally an advanced degree in International Human Rights Law). The successful applicant should have a good grounding in international human rights law and mechanisms, and good research and writing skills. Evidence of research skills will be a distinct advantage. Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.


Qualifications, skills and experience



  • A degree in law
  • A good understanding of international human rights law and mechanisms
  • Proven ability to conduct accurate, detailed research
  •  A high standard of written and spoken English
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and in partnership with stakeholders from a range of backgrounds
  • A commitment to justice, equality, and human rights


  • An advanced degree in law, ideally International Human Rights Law
  • Ability to deliver high quality work, at speed and under pressure
  • Sense of humour and grace under pressure.

Equal Opportunities

The Human Dignity Trust strives to be an equal opportunity employer. Our aim is to create a safe and secure working environment where a commitment to diversity, opportunity, quality and excellence are our guiding values. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or age. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic, and/or transgender or gender diverse candidates.


All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having/securing the right to work in the UK prior to their employment commencing.


Application process

To apply please send a CV and a covering letter of no more than two pages that addresses the qualifications, skills and experiences set out above. Applications received without a covering letter or that do not address the qualifications, skills and experiences will not be considered. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, we are only able to respond to those candidates who are shortlisted for an interview.


Please send to: Chris Atkinson,

The deadline for applications is midnight (GMT), Thursday 2 December 2018 with interviews to be held on Monday 10 December 2018. The successful applicant will be expected to start in January 2019 and will be paid a flat rate of £800 per calendar month for a 20-hour week. Applicants that are unsuccessful at this time may be considered for interning opportunities later in 2019.



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