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SOLON LAW

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“We believe that law should benefit society, legislation should be crafted to safeguard future generations, and that economy, business and profits should always be tempered with good governance and sustainability.”
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Small developing countries are mostly affected by the consequences of the climate changes in recent years. Top-down climate packages bring the risk to not consider the justice issues that climate change implies for the local communities, from a labour, economic and social perspective. In the midst of the so-called sustainable development discourse, SOLON LAW was born to give its own novel interpretation of sustainability, by conjugating human rights concerns with climate change issues. 

 

At the core of SOLON LAW's work lies a profound understanding that traditional knowledges and local needs of communities in developing countries must be accounted for and regarded as pillars of the structure of the newly formed modern State. The team is made of international consultants with various expertise, ranging from human rights to environmental matters, from climate change to developmental economics and, from global policy to international relations. By bringing together this diversified pool of expertise, they provide advise to foster good governance and to minimise corruption and abuse, in light of sustainable regulatory acts and policies.


 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Green State Vision of West Papua

Making Peace with Nature in the 21st century

Solon law and the interns will be working for the Green State Vision, which is a project aiming to restore the balance between human and non-human beings by drafting appropriate policies and laws. They will focus on preserving biodiversity and maintaining sustainable practices, which will protect the environment, as opposed to economic growth. Green State laws and policies will address the ever-pressing climate change issues by tackling mining, logging, palm oil plantations, and other activities in West Papua. Green State’s priority also lies in protecting human rights, especially civil and political rights of women, children, and minorities. 


 

INTERNSHIP 1

What You Will Do As An Intern

  • Background research and analysis in one or more policies areas:

    • Sustainable economic and (overseas) investment policy

    • Integration of customary and traditional knowledge and management with modern State

    • Energy policy

    • Transport and communications policy

    • Policy on mining

    • The right to self-determination of the West Papuans  

    • Agriculture policy

  • identification of best practices and laws, international standards, principles and guidelines worldwide

**Supervised by a consultant with 25 years of international experience 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • 2nd or 3rd year Law student (Bachelor/Master) or attending law related courses.

  • Strong research skills; potentially experience in researching environmental law/policy, sustainable business and sustainability.

  • Ability to distil policies and laws to the bare essence and ability to explain key principles and features 

  • Knowledge of Spanish could be an advantage, but it is not necessary.

  • Strong interest in protecting the interests of, and in assisting developing countries on environmental matters and human rights.

  • Passion for addressing environment/climate change/decolonisation issues.

  • Interest in indigenous peoples, other cultures would be useful.

  • Be creative, curious, inquisitive and self-starte .

  • Willing to suggest areas of comparative research and thinking outside the square.

INTERNSHIP 2

What You Will Do As An Intern

  • Background research and analysis in case law of the ECJ, ECtHR, and/or ICC 

  • Researching application of the Rome Statute of the ICC and universal jurisdiction 

**Supervised by a consultant with 25 years of international experience 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • 2nd or 3rd year Law student (Bachelor/Master) or attending law related courses.

  • Strong research skills, with an emphasis on case law of ECHR, ICC, ECJ etc. 

  • Some background knowledge of criminal law and universal jurisdiction

  • Strong interest in protecting the interests of, and in assisting developing countries on environmental matters and human rights.

  • Passion for addressing environment/climate change/decolonisation issues.

  • Interest in indigenous peoples, other cultures would be useful.

  • Be creative, curious, inquisitive and self-starte .

  • Willing to suggest areas of comparative research and thinking outside the square.

EXTRA INFO - BOTH INTERNSHIPS

Timing 

The internship can take place between mid-June 2022 until end of August 2022

Duration

Between 4 to 8 weeks (flexible)  

Working Hours 

•    If 4 week long internship: 5 days per week with 7 hours per day

•    If 6-8 week long internship: 5 days per week with 3 hours per day 

Location (in person/online)

For now, all internships are conducted online. Supervision once or twice per week.

Application procedure 

  1. Apply via the INTERNaction form (click "Apply") - applications open from the 20.03.2022 at 10am until the 10.04.2022, 12am

  2. INTERNaction holds interviews and pre-select up the best candidates

  3. Pre-selected candidates will have a zoom call with SOLON LAW staff 

  4. SOLON LAW confirms the 2 best successful candidates and establishes a first contact via email​

Financial Matters & Accommodation

The internship is not remunerated as SOLON LAW is a small-scale consultancy. The intern does not have to pay any fee to SOLON LAW.

Covid-19 related Requirements and Regulations

​N/A , as the internship is fully online.

APPLICATIONS FOR INTERNSHIPS IN SUMMER 2022 CLOSED. SUBSCRIBE TO BE NOTIFIED ABOUT THE NEXT OPPORTUNITIES!

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Info event

Join us for a live chat with Roy Lee, coordinator of the legal consultancy Solon Law, about the realisation of the first world’s Green State of West Papua. With 25 years of experience, Roy will explain how his efforts to draft sustainable laws and policies can help address climate change, while accounting for social justice, traditional knowledges and human rights of indigenous people in developing countries.

 

This is also an informative event about the content of the two internship positions at Solon Law for summer 2022, which will open this Sunday 20th March 2022. 

Where: Online

Free attendance, register below.