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I work as an intern with the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), in the Legal Advisory Section (LAS). LAS provides four types of services to the OTP: legal advice and drafting upon request from the operational areas of the OTP; assistance with the maintenance of online legal tools; legal training; and coordination of the legal academic network of the OTP. Basically I would say that LAS is the academic legal research arm of the OTP in the area of public international law generally and international criminal law specifically. LAS is not necessarily confined to any one particular situation or case before the ICC but provides legal research across all the situations and cases before the ICC, including legal administrative matters.



My background in public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and law of international organisations makes me suited to this section of the OTP in terms of legal research, analysis, review and writing. Notwithstanding, the aforementioned specific areas of law, working with LAS also propels my application of other areas of law such as contracts law especially in light of the correlation of the different areas of law with the workings of an international organisation clothed with legal personality.


Accordingly, while working with LAS allows me to apply my already acquired legal skills it also gives me an opportunity to acquire particular skills specific to this section of the OTP. This mutual status quo is important to me because it allows me not only to take away from the Court but also to give the best of me to the Court.

In the auspices of delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Legal Advisory Section, his Deputy or his designated subordinates, like all interns in LAS I am engaged in providing legal research and drafting assistance, including on questions of general international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and comparative criminal law.

In conclusion, it is noteworthy to point out that working with an international organisation is a privilege in itself. I count myself fortunate to be working with the ICC in this particular time of my life when my legal career specification is still in the formative stage.








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