The Special Court for Sierra Leone

The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations. The Court’s mandate is to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone since November 30, 1996.

Externs may be assigned to one or more of several different offices during the three month, full-time externship. Duties may include:

  1. Chambers

    Interns provide support to the Judges of the Trial Chamber under the supervision of the Chambers Legal Advisor. The intern's duties will include legal research and analysis, document and file management, preparation for hearings and other support as necessary, which may involve attending Court on occasion.


  2. Office of the Prosecutor

    Trial
    The trial interns will each be assigned to one of the six trial teams and act in direct support of the Trial Attorney and Associate/Assistant Trial Attorney. Their duties will include recording notes for counsel during the trial, and planning and producing follow up material derived from each session. They will also work closely to ensure the effective flow of information from different sections regarding the case or cases they are working on.

    Pre-trial/Appellate
    Pre-trial and appellate interns will provide support to the Senior Trial/Appellate Attorney for trials and appeals. This will include: following up decisions from the Appeals Chamber (during pre-trial and trial), preparing for future appeals, and preparing for trial hearings as directed by the Senior Trial Attorney. Duties will include legal research and analysis, document and file management, preparation for hearings, and direction and support to investigation/witness support teams.


  3. Defense Office

    The Defense Office of the Special Court provides briefing and support to Defense Teams. The intern will work for the Defense Office, under the supervision of the Principal Defender, and not for a specific Defense Team. The intern's duties will include legal research and analysis, document and file management, preparation for hearings and other support as necessary.


  4. Registry Legal Office

    Under the supervision of the Legal Adviser to the Registrar, the intern will undertake legal research and analysis of issues relating to the functions of the Registry, review and draft internal policies and procedures, assist in the negotiation of draft bilateral cooperation agreements with third states, and contribute to the formulation of the Special Court's exit strategy.
  5. In order to enroll in the FSU COL externship at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, students must have applied and been accepted in one of the internship programs and must have committed to work a minimum of 3 months