The Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin is a ten-week internship, tenable from August to September 2019.


The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting civil and human rights worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by a small group of renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other human rights conventions and national constitutions, by juridical means. ECCHR engages in innovative strategic litigation, using European, international, and national law to enforce human rights and to hold state and non-state actors accountable for egregious abuses.

About the internship and the Education Programme at ECCHR

Primarily, Bonavero fellows work with ECCHR staff to gain comprehensive insight into individual cases and program areas, as well as the overall philosophy of our work and our approach to strategic legal intervention. By engaging with ECCHR colleagues in other parts of the world, fellows get firsthand experience of global human rights work. They learn to critically assess legal work and hone their understanding of the political and socio-economic contexts of our cases.

Furthermore, interns at ECCHR participate in our Education Program. The Education Program hosts regular events including discussions, storytelling and workshops with partners. Regular trainee meetings on current problems and fundamental questions of law supplement the learning program and also serve to trigger and advance important political debate. The same is true for other aspects of the program like the Human Rights Cinema viewings organized by the participants, and alternative tours of Berlin arranged by program staff. All Education Program elements have one thing in common: they strive to broaden the participants’ perspectives beyond traditional approaches to legal work.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be based at ECCHR for 4 days per week during this period working on ECCHR projects and taking part in their Education Program. However, some flexibility may be possible depending on individual circumstances.

About the Bonavero Fellowship at ECCHR

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.