Internship @ International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

Last date to apply: 31 March,2022
Internship @ International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

About ITLOS:

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is an intergovernmental organization created by the mandate of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. It was established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, signed at Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 10 December 1982.

About the Internship Opportunity

The Tribunal (ITLOS) offers a limited number of internships (20) each year to students and recent graduates of law, international relations, public relations, political science, library science and translation.

Interns work under the supervision of Registry officials on matters relevant to the Tribunal’s work. The 3-month programme allows students to gain an understanding of the way in which the Tribunal functions and to participate in the work of the Registry.

Interns are expected to be able to contribute to the work of the Tribunal in fields such as the law of the sea, public international law, international organizations and international relations, political science, public information, library science and translation.

Tasks at the Legal Office

Legal Office

The Legal Office consists of 4 legal officers, working under the supervision of the Head of the Legal Office. The Legal Office works in close cooperation with the Registrar,

  • conducting research on international law, law of the sea and administrative legal matters;

  • examining legal instruments and precedents relating to the work of the Tribunal;

  • drafting judicial reports on questions relating to the work of the Tribunal;

  • serving the meetings of the Tribunal and preparing background material, reports and papers; and

  • providing legal advice on a diverse range of substantive and procedural questions of law as well as on the management and administration of the Registry.

Tasks involved:

  • Interns work under the close supervision of one of the legal officers. They carry out research on a variety of legal issues and prepare notes for their supervisor, the other legal officers, or the Registrar.

  • Interns are also requested to conduct research on a specific topic of their own choice, upon which they prepare a written paper and give an oral presentation to the Legal Office at the end of the internship.

  • Together with other interns serving at the Tribunal, they also prepare the weekly press review covering recent developments in the law of the sea.


Candidates from the following fields of study may apply for an internship:

  • Law of the sea/public international law

  • International relations/Political science

  • Library science/Archival administration

  • Translation

  • Communications/Journalism/Media studies

Applicants should:

  • have completed at least 3 years of university studies;

  • normally be engaged in a degree-granting or postgraduate course at the time of application and also during their internship, or be a recent graduate;

  • normally not be more than 35 years of age;

  • have a good command of English and/or French; and

  • have an interest in international law, in particular international law of the sea, international affairs or international institutions and organizations.

Internship period

  • July to September: application to be submitted by 31 March

  • October to December: application to be submitted by 30 June

Availability of Funding

A Trust Fund for the Law of the Sea was established in 2010 with the aim of providing financial assistance to participants from developing countries. A limited amount of funding is available to assist interns with their living and travel costs.

In addition to the requirements for participation in the programme, the following criteria apply in determining eligibility for internship funding:

  • Applicants must be nationals of a developing country included on the OECD list and should normally be resident in that country; and

  • Applicants should be in need of financial assistance to help cover the travel and living costs associated with an internship in Hamburg.

Candidates should indicate their interest in applying for funding in the online application form. Late applications for funding will not be considered.

How to Apply?

If you are interested in participating in the internship programme at the Tribunal in Hamburg you should submit:

  • The duly completed online application form;

  • A covering letter no more than one page in length, explaining why an internship at the Tribunal is important to you, how it would fit in with your academic and career goals, and what benefits you expect to derive from the programme;

  • A résumé/curriculum vitae;

  • A brief sample of research work in English or French of no more than 10 pages, if possible on a topic of relevance to the work of the Tribunal;

  • Copies of a document as proof of your enrolment in a university course, your university degrees/diplomas and a list of courses taken or grade transcript;

  • References; and

  • Language certificates, where relevant.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates who are nationals of a developing country included in the OECD list intending to apply for funding should indicate their intention to do so in the online application form. Late applications for funding will not be considered.

Please Note: The internship coordinator contacts all applicants by email approximately one month after the closure of the application period.

Certificate and Stipend

  • Certificate: Yes. The certificate states the period of internship, gives examples of the allocated tasks, and evaluates the intern’s performance.

  • Stipend: ITLOS Internships are not remunerated.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions about the programme please contact the internship coordinator via mail (

CLICK HERE for official notification


Disclaimer: Although FICL exerts all reasonable effort to check the legitimacy and validity of posted jobs and internships. However, due to the volume of job postings received, FICL is unable to fully research the legitimacy and validity of each organization or person that posts a job/internships vacancy or to guarantee that all jobs are still available.

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