Guidelines/Rules Governing the UNICTR Legal Researchers Programme

The present administrative instruction contains guidelines and rules governing the Legal Researchers Programme at the UNICTR.

Legal Researchers Programme Application Form


Given that although the Tribunal offers an internship programme that is open to all eligible candidates throughout the world, it has been observed that candidates from the developing countries are unable to participate in this program due to a lack of financial resources. The UNICTR therefore established a Legal Researchers Programme whose main aim was to provide funding to as many law graduates from Africa and other developing countries as possible, in order for them to experience first hand the work of the Tribunal.

For the purpose of establishing conditions and procedures for the selection and engagement of Legal Researchers, the UNICTR promulgates that applicants should submit the following documents:

Section 1: Purpose of the Legal Researchers Programme

The purpose of the UNICTR Legal Researchers Programme is threefold:

1.1 To provide a framework by which lawyers from Africa and other Third World Countries may be assigned to UNICTR Sections, where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;

1.2 To expose them to the work of the UNICTR specifically and the United Nations in general; and

1.3 To provide the UNICTR offices with the assistance of qualified lawyers specialized in various fields.

Section 2: Eligibility Requirements

The UNICTR Legal Researchers Programme will accept researchers provided the following conditions are met:

2.1 Applicants have completed their law degree at the time of application;

2.2 Applicants provide sufficient evidence to prove their need for financial support from the UNICTR.

2.3 Applicants are from African and other developing countries.

2.4 To respect geographical diversity, no more than two applicants from the same country will be selected at any one time. An exception will be made for candidates with Rwandan and Tanzanian nationalities because of the special relationship the Tribunal has with these two countries.

Section 3: Terms of the UNICTR Legal Researchers Programme

3.1 The duration of a research placement is for a period of three months. There is no possibility of extension of this assignment due to limited funds.

3.2 The research programme is on a full-time basis. The researchers are expected to work five days a week in a section which has selected them, under the supervision of a staff member.

3.3 Researchers are not eligible to apply for any temporary or fixed-term post within the ICTR until six months after the completion of their assignment at the Tribunal.

Section 4: Status

Legal researchers shall not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against posts authorized for the implementation of mandated programmes and activities. Researchers shall not represent the United Nations in any official capacity.

Section 5: Responsibilities and Obligations

5.1 Receiving sections and supervisors

The receiving sections and supervisors shall seek to create a working environment conducive to researchers’ substantive learning and professional development. Sections shall:

(a) Seek to ensure that a researcher’s assignment(s) is related to his or her field of study, meaningful for both the section and the researcher, and at the appropriate level of complexity and variety;

(b) Prepare terms of reference describing the tasks of researchers in the section;

(c) At the end of the research placement, prepare a written evaluation of the researcher’s performance and organize a meeting with the researcher to provide constructive feedback.

5.2 Researchers

Researchers shall:

(a) Observe all applicable rules, regulations, instructions, procedures and directives of the Organization notwithstanding their status as described in section 4 of the present document;

(b) Provide the receiving section with a copy of all materials prepared by them during the research placement. The UNICTR shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided under the research placement. At the request of the UNICTR, the researcher shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the Organization in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law;

(c) Respect the impartiality and independence required of the United Nations and of the UNICTR, and shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed under the research agreement from any Government or from any authority external to the UNICTR;

(d) Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in UNICTR, the researchers may not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or any other external source any information which has become known to them by reason of their association with the United Nations or the UNICTR, that they know or ought to have known has not been made public. They may not use any such information without the written authorization of the appropriate official, and such information may never be used for personal gain. These obligations also apply after the end of the research placement with the UNICTR;

(e) Refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the United Nations or on the UNICTR, and shall not engage in any activity which is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations or the UNICTR.

Section 6: Researchers’ Expenses and Medical Benefits

6.1 Researchers will be provided with the following financial assistance:

(a) One round trip ticket from the researcher’s country of residence to Arusha and back.

(b) A stipend of up to $1100 per month for the duration of their research placement, which the researchers will use to cover accommodation and other living expenses. Payment of the stipend will be made upon receipt of a report of satisfactory performance prepared by the researchers’ supervisors at the end of each month.

6.2 The UNICTR accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the researcher or costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during a research placement.

Section 7: Third-party Claims

The United Nations is not responsible for any claims by any parties where the loss of or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the researchers during their research placement.

Section 8: Final Provision

The present Administrative Instruction shall enter into force upon signature.


Mr. Adama Dieng
Assistant Secretary General
Registrar, UNICTR

Signed: _________________________