United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials

Outline of the organisation

United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) provides technical assistance to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The ECCC is a domestic court supported with international staff, established in accordance with Cambodian law.

Under the terms of agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers will bring to trial senior leaders of Democratic Kampuchea and those who were most responsible for the crimes and serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and international conventions recognised by Cambodia, committed between 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

The subject-matter jurisdiction of the Extraordinary Chambers is the crime of genocide as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and such other crimes as defined in Chapter II of the Law on the Establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers.

Positions available

The UNAKRT Internship Programme offers recent university graduates and postgraduate students an opportunity to work in the unique environment of this hybrid tribunal in Cambodia. Interns will have the opportunity to enhance their practical experience and their theoretical knowledge within one of the following offices of UNAKRT:

  • The Offices of the International Judges of the Pre-trial Chamber, the Trial Chamber or the Supreme Court Chamber;
  • The Office of the International Co-Prosecutor;
  • The Office of the International Co-Investigating Judge;
  • The Defence Support Section;
  • The Court Management Section;
  • The Public Affairs Section;
  • The Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyer Section; and
  • The Office of the Deputy Director of Administration/ Coordinator of UNAKRT.

Standard internship dates and deadlines are posted on the recruitment website. The UNAKRT Internship Committee will only review and consider the applications after the deadlines indicated on the website. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and interviewed (phone interview) for the internships. For more information please see here.