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Juvenile Justice Advocates International is seeking a legal interns for to work on an international/multinational legal research project in coordination with multiple international nongovernmental organizations.

Position Description

Legal researcher will conduct research on international law, regional law and foreign law related to juvenile justice standards and detention of children. The intern will be part of a team and help coordinate research among multiple researchers in Latin America and Europe. The research will be used by our organization to advocate for legal changes and will be foundational in setting international standards that do not currently exist.  The legal researcher will be responsible for conducting legal research at the national and international level in multiple countries, submitting data requests to governments and NGOs, and conducting research into the physical, psychological and social impacts of juvenile detention.

Specific job responsibilities may include: 

  • Analyzing local and/or national laws and current legal climate.
  • Writing and submitting data requests to applicable national agencies.
  • Researching regional case law in the Inter-American, European and African systems, as well as the universal mechanisms such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child the UN Committee against Torture, and the Universal Periodic Review.
  • Coordinating with our research partners in Latin America, Europe and the United States.


  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Resourceful and flexible.
  • Professional proficiency in English OR Spanish.
  • Ability to read legal documents in at least two of the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal justice, defendant’s rights, children’s rights, or international human rights.
  • Relevant course work including: international law, criminal law, evidence, juvenile justice law, or clinic.
  • Experience conducting research on foreign law a plus.
  • Graduate or undergraduate course work related to research methodology preferred.
  • International experience preferred.

Date Position Available: Spring, Summer and Fall 2017

Hours: Very flexible, but average of 5 per week during school year, 30 per week during summer vacation, willing to adjust if based on externship requirements.

Compensation: None. Candidates are encouraged to seek outside funding to cover living expenses. JJI is will to assist with externship requirements or funding applications.


Contact Information

Send Cover Letter and Resume to

Douglas Keillor – Director

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