Legal Intern, The MICT, The Hague
I was most delighted when the Oxford Global Justice Committee 2015 offered to fund my clerkship at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), The Hague, beginning January 2016. I landed an opportunity to work under the most able and wonderful guidance of Judge Theodor Meron, President of The MICT for a period of three months. The MICT, a new court of law had been established by the United Nations to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) after the completion of their respective mandates, including, inter-alia others, handling appeals and re-trials, tracking the remaining fugitives and maintaining the legacy of both institutions, namely the ICTR and the ICTY.
Currently, as the first and only MICT intern on board, I assist the President and his staff on a variety of projects, which typically include drafting and reviewing assignment and sentencing orders; undertaking research on a plethora of legal propositions; due-diligence exercises; drafting minutes, notes and research memoranda; and fulfilling any other specific judicial functions of the Tribunal. Most often, my tasks, in terms of subject content span across issues pertaining to International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Public International Law in general. This not only makes my work as a lawyer very fascinating but also, helps me understand how the aforementioned subjects really play out together in practice. Be it drafting memoranda on procedures for filing refugee claims or assessing the legality of deportations, I dabble in a comparative analysis of different jurisdictions (including the U.K., U.S.A. and European Court of Human Rights etc.) on a daily basis.
This clerkship has indeed, given me the unparalleled opportunity to interact with legal luminaries and experts in Public International Law across the globe and learn the nuances and intricacies of international crime from the stalwart himself, Judge Theodor Meron. I truly believe that it is solely because of the support I received from the Oxford Global Justice Award and Dr. Dapo Akande, my Professor at Oxford University, that I was able to experience the incredible work culture at the MICT.