Virtual IAWJ Fellow

Closing date

The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) is a non-profit organization of more than 6,000 members at all judicial levels in more 100 countries and territories. Founded in 1991, the IAWJ unites women judges from diverse legal systems who share a commitment to equal justice and the rule of law. Through pioneering international programs and publications, IAWJ works to advance human rights, eliminate gender discrimination, and make courts accessible to all.

The IAWJ is offering up to two internships to law or graduate students who are interested in the intersection of law, foreign policy and international development. Students will have the opportunity to conduct legal or general research, prepare memoranda, develop training resource materials, draft background materials, and plan webinars. This internship will help an individual hone their research and writing skills, improve their analytical abilities, and provide exposure to international development programs. This is a temporary, part-time, unpaid internship and a student may receive academic credit for work. The intern will work remotely and should devote 15 hours a week.


· Conduct research on labor trafficking issues in Uganda and Kenya and draft research memoranda;

· Assist the Director of Training and Curriculum Development in creating a training advisory council, developing training materials and planning training sessions for judges and other criminal justice actors;

· Work with the Senior Program Officer to identify thematic topics for virtual dialogues with criminal justice actors from Kenya and Uganda. Help in planning and executing the dialogues and preparing background documents for dialogues on such topics as sentencing for human trafficking offenses and mutual legal assistance;

· Aid in the development of a bench book outline on labor trafficking;

  • Monitor trends and developments within the judiciary, with a particular focus on issues impacting women judges;
  • Prepare remarks, background papers and external communications in English; and
  • Handle special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Intern must be enrolled in an accredited law school or graduate program;

· Strong ability to communicate effectively in English;

  • Knowledge of international affairs;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the team;

· Keen attention to detail and strong ability to follow through on tasks; and

· Cross cultural familiarity and sensitivity.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Previous work experience in women’s rights, justice, and/or international development.

How to apply

Interested students should send a resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to by November 30, 2020 to