Internship Open for Postgraduate Law Students
The Law School will once again be offering our postgraduates two funded internships in India related to public interest litigation provided by the Kapila and Nirmal Hingorani Foundation.
We caught up with last year’s participants to see how they got on.
Zoe Tongue studied our LLM in Advanced Legal Studies. She told us, “The Hingorani Internship gave me a great opportunity to understand the context around my dissertation topic. I spent two weeks interning with lawyer Vrinda Grover, where I learnt about the work she does around women’s rights. I joined her on advocacy work with an NGO, got the opportunity to visit the Delhi High Court, and conducted research on reproductive rights issues. I then spent a week with NGO Haiyya, where I was involved in a campaign based on the stigma around sexual and reproductive health. The work was worthwhile and helped with my dissertation, and it was a really enjoyable experience overall!”
John Valdez Torrez, who studied our LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights, shared, “The internship is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students that are willing to immerse themselves in the judicial and legal practice of India. It also offers the chance to engage with academics, researchers, litigators and legal experts that deal with matters and social issues related to the applicant’s research field.
“In addition to the great experience that provides being in one of the most diverse, intercultural and dynamic societies in the world, the internship offers you the opportunity to put the knowledge and concepts acquired during the masters programme into practice, addressing sensitive issues and discussing the validity of the concepts in relation to particular human rights concerns and affected populations.
“During my placement in India, Dr Aman Hingorani and his team organized several meetings with prestigious academics and professionals of India, such as Upendra Baxi, Anurag Deep and Anup Surendranath from prestigious institutions in New Delhi like the National Law University (NLU) and the Indian Law Institute (ILI). I also witnessed human rights in action through the NGO Human Rights Law Network, and the NLU programme, Project 39A. Both institutions provide legal aid to vulnerable populations and researches over potential violations of fundamental rights, suggesting legislative and policy reforms.”
He added, “The internship is a worthwhile experience that will change your way to approach and study human rights, providing you with important skills for your future career, and a new network of professionals while boosting your CV.”
[Images: Left - John with Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and founder of the Human Rights Law Network. Right - John with Emeritus Professor Upendra Baxi.]
Students on the 2019/20 LLM programme who are interested in taking part in this initiative are encouraged to contact our PG Academic Administrator Claire Denney for more information and procedures for applying or Sam Adelman for academic advice on the internship. Applications will be invited towards the end of Term 1.