International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (The Hague)

In 1993, the Security Council established the ICTY in response to the serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The ICTY's mission is fourfold: to bring to justice persons allegedly responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law, to render justice to the victims, to deter further crimes, to contribute to the restoration of peace by promoting reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia. The Tribunal has authority to prosecute four types of offenses: grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, violations of laws or customs of war, genocide, crimes against humanity.

Externs in the Chambers are assigned to a specific Chamber and are responsible for assisting the Judges and Senior Legal Officers of that Chamber. This assistance includes, but is not limited to, performing legal research and preparing memoranda, drafting legal documents, obtaining research materials, assisting with the management of documentary evidence, observing court proceedings, and participating in discussions analyzing issues.

Externs in the Office of the Prosecutor assist in basic casework. They assist trial attorneys with the preparation of questions for direct and cross examinations, the preparation of witnesses, the preparation of opening addresses, the drafting of motions, the drafting of briefs, and the classification and preparation of evidence for trial. Externs also conduct research and prepare memoranda on comparative and international criminal law issues, prepare draft discussion papers for legal meetings, and draft minutes of legal meetings. Finally, externs draft legal correspondence and provide some administrative support.

In order to enroll in the FSU COL “externship” at the ICTY, students must have applied and been accepted in one of the ICTY internship programs. They must be assigned to work in Chambers or the Office of the Prosecutor, and must have committed to work a minimum of three months.