About the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy:
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and supporting Middle Eastern countries undergoing democratic transitions and committed to informing U.S. and international policymakers and the public of developments in those countries.
TIMEP’s mission, through research and advocacy, is to uncover and support initiatives and voices – wherever they may be – that call for the following in the Middle East: Restoration and primacy of the rule of law; equality of all citizens before the law; access to fair and swift justice; respect for human rights, including freedom of expression and of religion; protection of civil and political liberties; expansion of women’s rights; youth empowerment; freedom of the media; balancing power within governments, and elections for public office that are free, fair, and contested openly in an environment of political pluralism. Additionally, TIMEP’s mission calls for support of the adoption of economic policies that responsibly harness and develop, rather than stifle or waste, the region’s human, natural and capital resources.
The student will support ongoing initiatives of TIMEP’s Legal Unit, including but not limited to on lawyers at risk, accountability and justice, and legal education; as well as supporting the institute's policy and advocacy work more broadly.
Specific tasks may include:
Track developments of relevance to TIMEP’s mandate, particularly in the legal, judicial, and accountability spaces (both in the MENA region and in the policy space);
Provide policy support on TIMEP’s institution-wide advocacy priorities, including conducting background research and drafting memos and briefs;
Assist in the drafting of legal submissions in coordination with partner organizations; and
Help facilitate the logistics and operations involved in associated legal convenings and/or events.
Eligibility and Skills Required:
Familiarity with legal, judicial, and/or accountability-related issues in the MENA region.
Familiarity with international law and/or human rights issues in the MENA region.
Familiarity with policy issues preferred (can be U.S., EU, or UN policy).
Not a requirement, but we have a preference for candidates who are proficient in Arabic (ability to read and understand)
The internship is located in Washington, D.C., remote options will be available should travel not be possible due to COVID-19.
FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Patrick Laboon directly.
Applicants will be asked to submit:
Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)