Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center





Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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Student Internships in Europe

International Bar Association, London
"My internship at the IBA in London was an invaluable experience. I learned a great deal about international law, met wonderful people, and got to spend the summer in one of my favorite cities in the world.” - Lindsay Oak
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International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague
"I interned on the defense team for Stojan Zupljanin.Much of my work involved preparing for upcoming witnesses. I read over a witness's previous testimony or interviews with investigators to summarize them for the lawyers or I went through transcripts to cross-referencepieces of evidence. I also did some research on Command Responsibility and Joint Criminal Enterprise and have been given recent judgments by the Tribunal to look for points of law relevant to our case. I got to sit in on trial occasionally and was also in an intern mock trial competition.I've gotten a lot of experience in the practical side of running a large, complex international criminal case." - David O'Brien
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Defense Council -
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague
"Overall I was really pleased with my experience. I was a part of something really important by working at the ICTY. The buzz of Radovan Karadžić’s capture made the Tribunal even more exciting and relevant. It is difficult to wrap your head around a case that will end up taking at least four years to try, but my three months on the Stjoić team gave me a glimpse of what it would like to work at an international criminal tribunal, and that experience is infinitely valuable." - Christine Chambers
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Office of the Prosecutor -
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
"Interning with the immediate Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia introduced me to the logistics of managing nine concurrent war crime prosecutions and the policy matters of the Prosecutor as well as the day to day administrative aspects of the immediate Office." -Nicole Cellone
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International Trade Centre, Geneva
"Working for the International Trade Centre was an incredible experience that reinforced my desire to work in international trade law. The internship provided me with first hand knowledge working with trade policy for developing nations, and allowed me to network with heads of trade from all over the world. The office environment was great, and through my research at the center, I was able to get a jump-start and expert advice on my Journal of International Law Note."     - Heather Ludwig
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Philippe & Partners (Brussels, Belgium)
"I worked for four weeks with Philippe & Partners, an International Legal Firm in Brussels, Belgium which works in French, Flemish and English. During my time there, I helped the company by drafting contracts in English, and helping the company with any projects they had available in English." - Sara Corradi

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U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Netherlands)
"My experience interning in the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was truly fascinating. I learned a great deal about the practical application of international law and defense strategy in international criminal justice. I am truly appreciative for having worked in an office environment that put so much value on the work and opinions of its interns. Summer in The Netherlands was also amazing, after having spent one full year of law school in Cleveland.” - Princeton Thompson
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U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Netherlands)
"At the tribunal, I worked for the Office of the Prosecutor. My internship has been very unique because I have had the privilege of working with the legal department, as well as the investigations department. For the first month, I worked with the prosecution’s legal department, where I was able to practice and enhance my legal research and writing skills. The remainder of my internship has been with the Evidence Team in the investigations department. Under the Evidence Team, I have been assigned projects that allow me to use the evidence database. My work with the department is strictly confidential. I am an active member of the team and often attend private meetings with the investigators. The investigations department has allowed me to see how the legal department and the investigators depend on one another to create a case.    - Sarah A. Cotterell
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U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (The Netherlands)
"During the six weeks I've been in the Netherlands, I've been working for the Defense Office of the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The role of the Office is two-fold: it compiles a list of potential counsel for the defendants of the Tribunal; and, as its Director Joeri Maas notes, it will serve as a "collective memory" for incoming counsel.

In pursuit of these goals, the Office employs a number of interns to do research. U.S. interns tend to work on topics involving areas of U.S. law with which the staff is unfamiliar. I researched and wrote a memo regarding U.S. jurisprudence on effective/ineffective counsel. Geoffrey Roberts, one of the Office's Legal Officers, said scant few other legal systems have defined what constitutes adequate counsel." - Richard Adams
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UNIDROIT, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
"At UNIDROIT, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, I witnessed deliberative sessions among some of the foremost authorities on contract law and have contributed to the Unilex database, a catalogue of cases worldwide decided under the CISG and the UNDROIT Principles.

In addition, I was able to utilize the Library's excellent and multi-lingual resources to research a paper relating to the illicit trade in art and antiquities. I also did research on the effectiveness of various national schemes to implement the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT treaties on cultural property, and to stop the illicit trade in antiquities internally. This project tied in nicely with my late summer internship in New York City at the International Foundation for Art Research (ifar.org)."     -Kelly Culbertson

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World Intellectual Property Organization, Office of Legal Counsel
(Switzerland)
"I had a remarkable experience. Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was a little intimated at the thought of working here. But the experience has far exceeded my expectations. I work in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) for WIPO and report to the Director of OLC, Mr. Edward Kwakwa. Ultimately, I work with and for the Heads of the four divisions of OLC; Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts Law and IP Law & Treaties." - Ukeme Awakessien

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.