The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is an international court set up in 1959. It rules on individual and/or State applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). Since 1998, it has sat as a full-time court to which individuals can apply directly. In almost 50 years, the ECtHR has delivered more than 10,000 judgments which are binding on the countries concerned and which have led governments to alter their legislation and administrative practice in a wide range of areas. The ECtHR's case-law makes the ECHR a powerful living instrument for meeting new challenges and consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe.
The ECtHR is based in Strasbourg in the Human Rights Building designed by the British architect Lord Richard Rogers in 1994 – a building whose image is known worldwide. From here, the ECtHR monitors respect for the human rights of 800 million Europeans in the 47 Council of Europe Member States that have ratified the ECHR.
Intergovernmental organisation, Other, what?: Court
The tasks of the Trainee include inter alia:
- Research work;
- Preparing draft reports and studies for meetings of experts;
- Drafting of meeting reports;
- Assisting with work at hand;
- Committee organisation;
- Updating websites
Human Rights - General
English - Fluent
French - Fluent
In addition to fluency in either French or English, the applicants should have a good knowledge of either French or English.
The ECtHR provide a comprehensive induction programme for Trainees which enables them to find out about the structures, the activities and the international co-operation procedures followed by the Council of Europe, including the implementation of the ECHR.
Trainees may attend conferences held within the Organisation, sittings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and meetings that may take place during their stay in Strasbourg.
Please state in the application for which dates you are applying for.