Student assistant (intern) wanted for project on insider witnesses

CICJ’s Gabriele Chlevickaite is looking for a student assistant for her research project on insider witness’ assessments at the international criminal courts and tribunals. The project aims to empirically assess how international judges evaluate credibility and reliability of insider witnesses. At this stage of the research, Gabriele is starting an in-depth reading and coding of all the cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and International Criminal Court (ICC). In total that amounts to around 130 trial judgments (50-1.500 pages each). You can find out more about the project here.

In order to help Gabriele with the coding, she is looking for an intern for three months, starting as soon as possible.

So, if you are interested in international criminal trials and fascinated by empirical legal research, this position is for you!

Under supervision you will be:

  • Reading through and analysing the ICTY, ICTR, SCSL and ICC trial judgments for:
    • General descriptive information (numbers of witnesses, their backgrounds, etc.)
    • Assessments of insider witnesses, based on an established codebook and with assistance.
  • Capturing the information above into a database to be used for statistical analyses.
  • Open source searches for information not contained in the trial judgments, but relevant for the research (appeals proceedings, witness issues, background information on the suspects), and capturing them in a separate worksheet (already established).

At the beginning of the position, you will be trained in coding and how to read a judgment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with and interest in international criminal justice;
  • Experience in conducting legal research;
  • IT software/research skills, statistical analysis software considered an asset;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Good working knowledge of English.


  • Minimum 3 months;
  • 3 to 5 days a week;
  • The work can be carried out partially remotely, but preferably you will work from the NSCR office in Amsterdam.
  • Must be enrolled in a university.


Based on a fulltime workweek (38h/w) the remuneration is €200 bruto per month.

Apply by sending your CV (or LinkedIn url) and a short motivational letter to before 1 April 2018.