Institute - Training & Co-learning - Critical Legal Training

Critical Legal Training

Institute - Training & Co-learning - Critical Legal Training

Critical Legal Training

At ECCHR, we look to a growing network to share and develop our motivation, knowledge and innovative approaches to conducting human rights work. With this in mind, ECCHR’s Critical Legal Training focuses on training, networking and collaborative learning. To ensure the future of progressive human rights work, we take part in an ongoing learning process together with young lawyers and our international colleagues.

If you want to apply to ECCHR's Critical Legal Training, please fill in our application form. If you have questions concerning the Critical Legal Training, please contact Marie Badarne: You can expect to hear from us within six weeks after your application.

Next possible start dates per program area:
Business and Human Rights: September 2021
Institute for Legal Intervention: September 2021
International Crimes and Accountability: September 2021
Migration: February 2022

The start of a traineeship is flexible from the next possible starting date.


The core aim of our Critical Legal Training is to further social justice by enforcing human rights and in doing so to find creative ways to push legal boundaries.

The Critical Legal Training is a hub for up-and-coming human rights defenders from all over the world. Participants are involved in ECCHR's daily work within its key program areas and receive a practical training in strategic litigation. They also have the chance to take part in a range of educational and cultural activities.


For questions concerning the applications please contact:

The Critical Legal Training offers:

  • Legal and factual research and casework in one of our four specialist programs – International Crimes and Accountability, Migration, Business and Human Rights and the Institute for Legal Intervention – as well as in media and communication
  • Integration into our day-to-day work, including project-related communication and administration (e.g. writing position papers and/or preparing short translations, co-organization of events)
  • Individual supervision by experienced lawyers
  • Teamwork and weekly round-table discussions with trainers and other program participants
  • Regular internal ECCHR Lunch Talks with internationally renowned human rights defenders
  • Cultural events, e.g. Human Rights Cinema


Requirements for Partcipants:

  • Education: Applicants should be at an advanced stage of their education (ideally graduate studies or professional legal training, i.e. Referendariat) and should have above-average qualifications in law or another relevant field.

  • Due to the minimum wage law, we are unable to consider applications from individuals who have completed their education – unless they qualify for our scholarship call.

  • Duration: Three months – or longer, where the education regulations allow or when you are awarded our scholarship; ideally full time.

    Please Note: We regret that we cannot offer internships to school students or school graduates.

    Note for German trainee lawyers: It is possible to undertake a traineeship with ECCHR or one of its associated lawyers as part of the Rechtsreferendariat.

    Expertise: All applicants should have a fundamental understanding of human rights and ideally should have previous experience in the NGO sector. They should also have program-specific background knowledge:

    Business and Human Rights: Sound knowledge of the international debate on business and human rights and lawsuits taken against corporations on a national level.

    International Crimes and Accountability: Excellent understanding of international criminal law (incl. extraterritorial cases before national courts) as well as the current legal and political debates on international criminal jurisdiction. Background knowledge of sexualized violence in international criminal law is a plus.

    Migration: Good knowledge of European and public international law as well as the relevant fundamentals of refugee law, ideally also practical experience in migration law or refugee protection.

    Institute for Legal Intervention: Very good knowledge of public international and international human rights law. Background knowledge in the fields of gender and postcolonial theroy. A documented interst in/practical experience at the intersection of theory, law and the arts is a plus.

    Language Skills: Strong English skills are required; a good knowledge of German is desirable but not obligatory; competency in other languages (e.g. Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French – depending on current projects) is a bonus.