Special Court for Sierra Leone, Defense Office (Sierra Leone)

Faculty Supervisor: Professor D'Alemberte
Credit: 8 credits
Number of Positions: 1

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. Externships (referred to as internships by the Special Court) for law students are available in the Chambers, Office of the Prosecutor (trial and pre-trial/appellate), the Defense Office, and the Registry. The intern's duties will include legal research and analysis, document and file management, and preparing for hearings. The interns' duties may include recording notes for counsel during trial, reviewing and drafting internal policies and procedures, assisting in negotiation of draft bilateral cooperation agreements with third states, and contributing to the formulation of the Special Court's exit strategy.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence, Public International Law, and one other international law course. Students must have completed international legal research training through Westlaw, Lexis, or the FSU COL Library.

Recommended Courses: International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law

Selection Process: In order to enroll in the FSU COL "externship" at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, students must have applied and been accepted in the Court's "internship" program and must have committed to work a minimum of three months full-time. Study in the area of international humanitarian law will be considered an advantage. Knowledge of local languages will be an advantage in applying for the program.

Expenses: The FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights may provide some funds to reimburse students for travel expenses and additional living expenses they will incur in order to do an externship at the Special Court.

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