ARMENIAN BAR ASSOCIATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Armenian Bar Association offers an Internship Program for its law student members in the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Artsakh. The program’s objective is to provide hands-on experiences and real-life opportunities to students who have a demonstrated keen interest in human rights and a personal commitment to the ideals of Artsakh.
The Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Artsakh
The Human Rights Ombudsman is an independent Constitutional official, who observes the maintenance of human rights and freedoms on the part of state and local self-government bodies and officials, contributes to the restoration of violated rights and freedoms and improvement of the laws and regulations related to human rights and freedoms, deals with human rights issues related to the Karabakh conflict, and answers to the National Assembly (Parliament) of the Republic of Artsakh. Any individual, regardless of ethnic origin, sex, citizenship, residence, race, age, political or other affiliation and activity can apply to HRO.
The HRO’s office may also:
- Visit without restriction or primary announcement any public institution or organization, military unit, and detention facility;
- Demand and receive necessary materials, documents and explanations in connection with a complaint;
- Apply to the Supreme Court with a human-rights-related complaint;
- Report its findings to the state, local governmental institutions, and their officials in order to restore the violated rights, as well as initiate a disciplinary proceeding.
Below are the links of the Artsakh HRO’s latest reports:
Daily responsibilities will depend on the individual’s background, the intern’s assigned office, as well as the internship period. The intern will be under supervision of the Ombudsman.
Daily duties may include:
– Assistance in drafting and preparing official documents, including public reports;
– Attending and summarizing conferences and meetings;
– Document, legal and internet research and analysis;
– Accompany the HRO and his team on the on-the-spot visits;
– Monitor and analyze open-source information on human rights;
– Compile statistics;
– Media analysis
To qualify for the internship with the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Artsakh, an applicant must be enrolled in a US based law school and have completed at minimum the first year at the time of the start of the internship. Applications from recent graduates awaiting bar results and new attorneys are also encouraged.
Armenian is the working language of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the internship program. Knowledge of the Armenian language would be an asset.
Students interested in applying should submit the following application materials for the summer session by December 2, 2018 to Info@ArmenianBar.org with the title “Artsakh Internship” in the subject line:
- Cover letter;
- Writing sample;
- Current law school transcript (unofficial is fine); and
- A personal statement outlining the reason for your interest in the work of the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Artsakh.
- February: Armenian Bar Selection Committee conducts screening interviews with select applicants and identifies a limited number of finalists to be interviewed by Ombudsman.
- March 1: Finalists are expected to be selected for placements.
- Start-dates may vary with each applicant.
Students accepted into the program may receive public service hours or may qualify for independent self-study project as approved by the student’s law school requirements.
Final Selection of Interns
Screening interviews, administered to aid in evaluating student qualifications, will begin in February. We will attempt to interview students in the city where they attend school and conduct such interviews in-person. Students will be contacted by their assigned screener to schedule the interview.
Only qualified students will be advanced to the round of ombudsman interview and will be notified when they are moved forward to the next level.
The Ombudsman will determine his own protocols and processes for interviews and ultimate selections. To be clear, not all students will be granted an interview even after the Armenian Bar Selection Committee forwards its candidates.
The Ombudsman, in his individual discretion but with input from the Armenian Bar, will determine which students he will interview and ultimately hire. If a student has been selected for an interview, she or he will be notified either by the Ombudsman or by the Armenian Bar staff.
The Ombudsman interview will be conducted over the internet. The interviews are slated to last approximately 30 minutes.
If a student has individual constraints on her or his summer availability, she or he must inform the Armenian Bar prior to scheduling an interview. The Ombudsman will determine the exact length of the internship, and he may expect students to stay longer than the four-week minimum.
If a student declines an offered position, she or he will be removed from consideration for other positions unless there are extenuating circumstances.
If a student is accepted into the program, the student warrants that she or he is committed to participate and fulfill the requirements outlined by the program.
Meet our 2018 interns!
“When starting law school, I could not have dreamed to have an opportunity to spend my 1L summer in Artsakh. I came back with a much more solid idea of what Artsakh is, why we should be advocating for it, and what are some real needs it has.”
Anahit Sargsyan, UCLA Law School
“Through this program, I developed my legal education in leaps and bounds by learning about international law, legal theory, legal systems and so many other concepts. It also helped push my understanding of the international community, conflicts, and worldviews to a new level. I made amazing friends, saw the incredible beauty of the region and witnessed the issues and needs of Artsakh first hand.”
Davit Avagyan, Notre Dame Law School
Info@ArmenianBar.org for more information.
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