The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights is a new research institute in the Law Faculty. The aim of the Bonavero Institute Student Fellowship programme is to provide financial assistance to Oxford law graduates seeking work experience in human rights law and related fields. The programme will provide support to graduate students within the Faculty as well as to recent Oxford law graduates who wish to undertake internships in a range of organisations that work in the broad fields of human rights law, including the rule of law.  The Fellowships will provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of human rights law to obtain a valuable platform to develop careers in this field.

This Bonavero Institute Fellowship at the Namibian Supreme Court in Windhoek is a six-month fellowship, tenable from early October 2017 to the end of March 2018.

About the Namibian Supreme Court

The Namibian Supreme Court is the highest court of appeal in Namibia. Namibia has a written Constitution (the Namibian Constitution, 1990) with a fully justiciable Bill of Rights.  The Supreme Court is presided over by the Chief Justice of Namibia, and has five permanent judges. It sits in Windhoek. Decisions of the Namibian Supreme Court can be found at

The Supreme Court employs three full-time law clerks, and has welcomed unpaid foreign law clerks for short periods in previous years. Like full-time law clerks, unpaid foreign law clerks work closely with the judges at the court, and will attend hearings, prepare bench memoranda on pending appeals, and otherwise assist judges in their work.


The clerkship is open to students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil). It is also open to those who have graduated from Oxford Law Faculty (including the BA programme) within the last twelve months.

Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

Applicants may apply to more than one of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Fellowships. Where applications are made for than one fellowship, applications may indicate their order of preference with regard to the different fellowships.

Applicants should demonstrate from their qualifications, especially their studies in Oxford, that they have sufficient knowledge of constitutional law and practice (including human rights law) to make an effective contribution. Successful pplicants will probably have taken at least one of these subjects in an Oxford taught programme or will have engaged in research in constitutional law and/or human rights law as part of their studies at Oxford.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for the Namibian Supreme Court Foreign Law Clerkship fellowship, please submit the following to by noon, on Monday, 8 May 2017:

1. A letter of application your reasons for wishing to undertake the internship

2. A full curriculum vitae, which should indicate what previous work you have undertaken in the broad field of human rights law, including whether you have been an active member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico or undertaken other public interest work.

3.  Official transcripts

4.  Two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of public law and human rights law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be your supervisor.

5.  A statement disclosing other sources of funding (e.g. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants)

The successful candidate will receive a maximum of £6,500 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the fellowship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. Interviews are likely to take place on 22nd May 2017 and the decision will be announced by 12th June 2017.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Zoe Davis-Heaney.

This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Eric L Lewis.