When did you intern at BIHR? 

I interned at BIHR between July 2018 and August 2018. 

What were you doing before your BIHR internship? 

Before joining BIHR, I interned at the UN Refugee Agency and Redress, an organisation which supports survivors of torture to obtain justice and repatriation. I interned at BHIR while studying for an LLM in Human Rights Law from Queen Mary University of London.

What did you do during your BIHR internship?

I had the opportunity to engage with different areas of BIHR’s work - advocacy, policy research and legal tasks. This helped me understand the complex work of national human rights charities. For example, one of my early tasks was to identify advocacy and support organisations whom BIHR can support through training and advice. This was particularly important in order to ensure that organisations have access to resources and that organisations working on similar issues can collaborate and learn from each other.

Throughout the internship, I also had the opportunity to help developing the contents of the Know Your Human Rights: Online Advocacy Tool, which supports people with mental health and/or mental capacity needs to know when their rights might be at risk and how to use the law to resolve these issues. I think this is such an important tool as it empowers people and makes human rights available, and I am proud to say that I contributed, even a little, to its realisation.

Another favourite task was working on the response to the UK’s UPR Mid-Term Report, as this gave me a deeper understanding of the work necessary to bring international human rights to the domestic level. My tasks consisted of writing a summary of the UK's report and drafting recommendations for the organisations involved in the process; which gave me a practical perspective on how the process works, how organisations conduct consultations and how they write their recommendations.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at BIHR.  From writing case summaries, to following debates in the British Government and reading Lady Hale's speeches, the BIHR internship offered a full picture of a career in human rights, its rewards and its challenges.  

What did you do after your BIHR internship?

After leaving the BIHR, I did an internship at the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute and currently I am a Paralegal in the Public Law team at Kingsley Napley. My work at BIHR further developed my motivation to work in human rights law and made me notice the practical impact of human rights at the domestic level.