The Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London is an eight-week internship, tenable from early July to late September 2019.  The successful candidate will work primarily on projects at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

About BIICL

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is a leading independent research organisation and charity, specialising in the fields of international and comparative law.  Its high quality research has an applied focus and seeks to provide practical solutions, examples of good practice and recommendations for future policy changes and legal actions.  It is engaged in analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent, from its base in the heart of London's energetic and multicultural legal network. BIICL includes within it the innovative Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, which has a particular focus on the many rule of law issues world-wide.

About the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Since its launch in 2010, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law has taken on a remarkably wide range of projects in the UK and internationally, demonstrating the need for a body solely dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the rule of law worldwide. The Bingham Centre seeks to:

  • Provide an intellectual framework to define and implement the rule of law as a universal and practical concept;
  • Highlight threats to the rule of law;
  • Produce high quality studies and training on rule of law issues, drawing on comparative examples and seeking practical outcomes;
  • Support capacity building and promotes a wider appreciation of the rule of law among governments, decision makers and the wider public; and
  • Demonstrate how the rule of law upholds respect for human dignity and enhances economic development and political stability.

Opportunities for interns at the Bingham Centre and BIICL

The nature of the Bingham Centre's work means that there will be suitable projects both for those with a general background in UK public law (from a first degree) or international law or constitutional law of other countries (typically students who have, or are completing, a Master’s). Interns should be able to contribute to a broadly based research, training and events programme. In particular, they will have opportunities to assist the Fellows, Director and staff of the Centre with current research, and the development of new projects and events.

Candidates may also undertake similar activities within BIICL, particularly in areas such as human rights, where there are overlapping interests with the work of the Bingham Centre. There may also be opportunities to work on BIICL projects more broadly if interns have a well-rounded knowledge of the relevant legal area at national and international levels.

BIICL and the Bingham Centre endeavour to offer interesting opportunities that include training, experience and skills development.

About the Bonavero Fellowship at BIICL

The successful candidate will receive a maximum of £2,700 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account.

Please refer to the overview page referring specifically to the application process and eligibility criteria.


This Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Eric L.ewis.