In May 2013 Emma Dunlop (St Anne's College) completed a nine month traineeship in the International Court of Justice as the University of Oxford candidate under the Court’s Traineeship Programme.
The ICJ Traineeship Programme brings together eight students from universities worldwide who have recognized competence in international law. Of the eight students selected in the 2012-2013 intake, five were sent by universities within the United States (Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Columbia and NYU respectively), one was sent by the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, one by the Université de Genève in Switzerland, and one by the University of Oxford.
Emma writes: 'Each student selected was of a different nationality. We hailed from France, Singapore, India, Switzerland, Ireland, the United States, Colombia and Australia. Under the Scheme, each trainee is assigned to two judges, with the exception of the trainee assigned to the President, who assists the President alone. My work as a Trainee was rigorous and varied, and raised interesting and difficult questions of international law. The ICJ Traineeship provides an invaluable insight into the work and procedures of the Court at the outset of a student’s career in international law. I cannot overstate the value of this opportunity, or the extent to which it has improved both my knowledge of international law and my skills as a lawyer. It is truly a ‘traineeship’ in a practical sense. I am deeply grateful to the Law Faculty for its generous support during the course of the Traineeship.'