AJI SUMMER INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

Attorney Richard Spoor - South Africa

Richard Spoor is a public interest attorney based in White River, South Africa. He primarily works with former mine workers who have contracted various diseases from working in the mines. Spoor represents these workers in lawsuits against their former employers. He organized South Africa’s first ever class action lawsuit and AJI interns had the opportunity to work on pre- and post-suit filings. Spoor also represents communities that have been displaced from their land by the large mining companies without compensation.  This summer, AJI interns will have the option of working in either the White River office or the Johannesburg office or splitting their time between both locations. The Johannesburg office is currently in the midst of working on a class action suit involving mine workers who contracted black lung. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct research and interviews and participate in the process of certifying the class and laying the groundwork for the suit. At the White River, located four hours north east of Johannesburg, interns will have the opportunity to get involved in projects concerning occupational injury, land reform and litigation on behalf of communities with mining issues. For more information visit www.goldminersilicosis.co.za.

Human Rights Advocacy Centre - Ghana

The Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) is a research and advocacy organization set up to advance and protect human rights in Ghana. Established in 2008, HRAC was set up by the Executive Director, Nana Oye Lithur, Ghana’s most prominent human rights attorney. The HRAC provides free legal assistance to needy individuals, communities, vulnerable groups, most-at-risk-populations and institutions. Legal interns will have the opportunity to assist legal officers in processing cases for the Human Rights Clinic, assist the Human Rights Clinic in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and assist clients with legal counseling. Legal interns will also be expected to conduct legal research. Additionally they may be asked to write articles and rejoinders  (1) in response to media items on social and human rights concerns, (2) to sensitize the community on social and human rights concerns and/or (3) for the HRAC Quarterly Newsletter. For more information visit http://www.hracghana.org/.

ALL (Aide Legale Libre) for Cameroon - Cameroon

ALL for Cameroon is a small organization dedicated to providing free legal advice and representation to the poor in a bid to enhance people’s access to justice in Cameroon. The organization is headed by Barrister Mbinkar Caroline, a human rights activist who takes on cases of juvenile criminal defense, political persecution, women’s rights, and anti-corruption.  Some of the cases ALL for Cameroon has handled have reached the level of the U.N. and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. AJI sent two interns to ALL for Cameroon in the summers of 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.  The organization is located in Bamenda and there is no language requirement other than English, however fluency in French is greatly appreciated. For more information visit https://all4cameroon.wordpress.com/

Refugee Law Project - Uganda

The Refugee Law Project (RLP) was established in 1999 to provide legal aid to asylum seekers and refugees in Uganda. Since then, the provision of legal aid has been supported by adding a psycho-social unit which provides clients with counseling and referrals on a range of non-legal matters, including sexual and gender based violence, access to medical care, housing, and education. The provision of direct support is complemented by education and training activities. These are targeted both at duty bearers such as police, immigration officers, judges, magistrates and local government officials, and also at refugees themselves. RLP is located in Kampala and AJI sent interns to RLP in the summers of 2014, 2013, and 2012. For more information visit http://refugeelawproject.org/.

Click here to apply. If you have questions about any of these opportunities contact Ife Afolayan at aji.wcl@gmail.com.