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“It is impossible to not be enthused by Human Rights at Sea and the dedicated team of people involved.”

“Human Rights at Sea has been a unique and important part of my professional development.”

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The Human Rights at Sea team is looking for high quality individuals for office-based & remote access pro bono internships lasting between 3-6 months.

Based at the Head Office on the South Coat of England, interns will be an intergral part of assisting in the exciting development of a rapidly emerging international maritime human rights organisation.

In return, the Human Rights at Sea team will provide structured and monitored internships, individual mentoring, the opportunity to add unique work experience to personal CV’s & where applicable as a result of proven ability, provide supporting post-internship references.

Human Rights at Sea will pay, where applicable, travel & agreed incidental expenses.

Human Rights at Sea prides itself on the provision of equal opportunities to all interns.


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Working environment & Expectation Management

The Human Rights at Sea charity works within a fast moving environment that requires exceptional personal qualities in order to:

– Work both as part of a team & where necessary work autonomously –

– Meet & exceed deadlines for verbal & written work –

– Grow contacts, identify & maximise collaborative opportunities –

– Passionately advocate the Human Rights at Sea position, aim, charitable objectives and vision –

– Represent Human Rights at Sea at national and international events where applicable –

 – Publicly speak on behalf of Human Rights at Sea while acting as a positive role model & representative –

– Constantly seek opportunities to expose, profile & develop the Human Rights at Sea platform globally –

– Develop commercial opportunities for Human Rights at Sea to engage with the maritime industry & wider international community – 

– Seize the initiative whenever & wherever applicable & continually maintain Human Rights at Sea development momentum –

– Not bring Human Rights at Sea into disrepute in anyway whatsoever –

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Essential Qualities

Initiative, energy & drive

Batchelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience

Masters equivalent where applicable

Excellent command of spoken & written English

Maritime, legal, commercial, civil society or NGO experience

Other applicable experience

Good character

A sense of humour

Desirable Qualities


Commercial, project development, media & fundraising experience

Project management & entrepreneurial experience

NGO sector experience



New interns

Niamh Elstone

UK. Niamh Elstone. I am a 17 year old student at a sixth form in Kent, UK. I hope to go to a Russell Group university in 2017 where I will pursue my passion for English literature. This degree will help me to hopefully become an editorial assistant at a publishing company in the future. I have previously worked for Caffeine Nights Publishing, working closely with Darren Laws. When I discovered that Human Rights at Sea had a publishing arm I was very excited to see if I could combine my passion for publishing and my interest in the work done by the charity. The internship with Human Rights at Sea alongside my publishing experience will help my understanding of the publishing world and the working environment as well as allowing me to contribute to such an important charity. The work done by Human Rights at Sea is crucial in highlighting many of the issues faced by seafarers all around the world, issues which quite often go unnoticed or unaddressed. I am very proud to be involved in this work. I have previously completed my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award where I learnt the value of time management and being able to work effectively with other people. I have also done a lot of charity work previously; this includes running a 10km race to raise £300 for Cancer Research UK, working as an ambassador for the mental health charity SAFE and working in a Debra charity shop for 3 months, a charity focusing on people suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). I hope to bring my passion for helping others to my work at Human Rights at Sea and to bring my acquired skills from my many incredible experiences to the charity.


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IRAN. Hajar Hejazi was born in Dehaghan, Esfahan, Iran. She graduated in her Bachelor’s in Law from Shahrekord Azad University in 2007.

In 2010, Hajar moved to India and after graduation from an English language course, she joined Symbiosis International University Law School in 2011 while completing her International Law post graduation degree (LLM). Her masters work concerned Law of the Sea, analyzing governments & non-governments activities and specificaly the impact of international legal systems & governments and non-governments’ activates relating to the oceans. In 2013 Hajar developed a new Marine Charter Code for ocean governance which called GMPO as part of her Master’s dissertation.  The GMPO Code provides new paltform of law and enforcement for ocean governance. Hajar was interviewed by the leading Iranian Shargh newspaper as the first women maritime researcher and where her work on GMPO was publicly acknowledged. By an invitation, she joined Shahrekord Azad University as a lecturer in late 2014 where she teaches international and maritime law for up to 200 students in the last year.

After spending nine years studying, researching and  teaching law, Hajar is one of the first Iranian female maritime researchers and the first women who has been specifically researching the field of ocean governance & human rights at sea since 2012. Besides researching and teaching law, Hajar is a yoga teacher, runs a fitness gym, paints and enjoys photography. In 2013, she was a contributing author for a book named “being Osho”.  Hagar also enjoys mountain trekking, including in the Himamlayas.


Melanie -Erasmus internBELGIUM. Melanie Glodkiewicz. Born in a multi-cultural environment, it has opened my mind to an interesting path in the following years mixing ambition and hunger for new discoveries. I am a Belgian born student, with polish parents and have lived part of my 21 years of life in Ireland.

After a short experience in a development project in Benin at the age of 16 with Défi Belgique Afrique, I have finished a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science where my ambition was to understand political systems in order to change something in our society. Therefore, I have continued my studies with a Master’s degree in international relations and specialising in humanitarian action at the Catholic University of Louvain. This is my current situation, during which I have understood the importance of having practical experience. Indeed, what has often bothered me is the distance between the level of decision-taking and the fields concerned by the policies. Having one foot on the field and the other in policy making is something that I think allows to take realistic decisions in the humanitarian sector.

Testimonial Icon“My name is Melanie Glodkiewicz and I am currently finishing my MSc degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Humanitarian Aid at the Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium. As part of my study programme, I am doing an internship at Human Rights at Sea. I have chosen to do an Erasmus internship, as in my opinion it gives me a broader point of view of NGO functioning in the humanitarian sector.

My aim was to gain more practical experience that would be linked to my study field which is specifically focussed on the ongoing migration crisis. During the past month, I have learned and achieved much more than what I would have ever imagined and I will be forever grateful to the Charity for giving me this opportunity.

More specifically, I have been handed opportunities with a good amount of responsibility, and a well measured dose of pressure that has strengthened my work experience in the NGO sector, and developed my profile from a professional point of view.

Here are examples of what I have achieved and the tasks that I have completed in only a month:

Case studies: I have been handed sensitive information to transform into case studies that will be handed out to international organizations and States. Giving a voice for the people whose individual human rights have been abused is very rewarding from a personal point of view. This task has thought me how to build such cases with a legal point of view, to which I could add on my personal knowledge.

Moreover, the case study that I have written has been translated into French, one of my mother tongues, which allowed to help the Charity and the people in question in this specific case to have the information spread wider than to only English-speaking people and organisations.

I would qualify this task as the greatest achievement of my internship.

International Maritime Human Rights (IMHR) Conference: Taking part in the organisation of the IMHR Conference was another part of my internship at HRAS. Being part of the promotion of human rights of people at sea has been very interesting as I have been given the opportunity to understand what organisations were involved in this team, as well as the different existing standpoints in getting involved in the particular subject. I have been able to widen my network of contacts that I hope will give me a leg-up during my future career.

Sea-Watch – HRAS Blog: Throughout the month that I have worked with HRAS, I have written several articles for the Human Rights at Sea and Sea-Watch common blog. This task has boosted my experience in writing factually correct articles with a certain legal point of view. The most interesting was getting involved with the different reactions to the content from people and organisations. Being able to handle mixed-reactions and justify the articles in questions is also what I have learned in addition to constructing and writing credible articles.

More than the previously cited specific tasks, I have also completed more minor ones involving the proof-reading of presentations, putting the Charity in contact with people that I have met while completing my intern tasks, but also publicising the Charity’s work on social media.

I will now be seconded to Sea-Watch, a German-based SAR NGO in Malta. This part is aimed to help me acquire field-based experience. I will therefore be in regular contact with Human Rights at Sea to help me use and apply what I have learned during the past month in the field.

At the end of the internship programme, I am hoping to come back to my faculty with a better field (and office) understanding of my specialisation that I will be able to reflect through the strengthened credibility of my work, and Master thesis.”



Indy HodderUK. India Hodder was born in and lives in Dorset, UK. Having grown up in a family run business in retail, she has recently been developing the company through building the brand and creating an online presence. She has recently completed an Art and Design Foundation course at Arts University Bournemouth, specialising in Photography. Since her time at university she has experienced working in a start up business, KitBrix (, as a Junior Marketing and Design Executive along with freelance photography projects for several brands in sports, cosmetics and business. To build her creative experiences she is currently undertaking evening short courses in Fashion Design, Digital Marketing and Branding, developing her skill set.

Testimonial Icon“Interning with Human Rights At Sea has been a unique working experience for me as an aspiring designer. I have been able to expand my knowledge in maritime and human rights issues, whilst working on creative tasks to develop the brand as a whole. I have been trusted by the people behind the charity to use my own ideas and creativity on tasks that will raise a wider and stronger awareness of the charity and the work that is carried out.  I was assigned a range of tasks that would not only build on my skills and portfolio but also develop the visual identity of the charity. Interning for Human Rights At Sea has been a great opportunity and I would highly recommend an internship here.”  Indy Hodder.



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GREECE. Ioannis Evangelos Papasliotis is qualified as an Attorney-at-Law (Athens Bar) and as a Solicitor (England and Wales). He was born in Athens, Greece but is based in London, UK. Ioannis has studied law in the UK, France and Greece and computer science in the UK. He has earned five university degrees amongst which a (Double) Maitrise en Droit International et Européen from the University of Toulouse (France), an LL.M in Computer and Communications Law and an MSc in Computer Science both from University College London.

He has a passion for IT law-related issues as well as privacy and security matters. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Computer Society) as well as the Society for Computers and Law (UK). During his military service in the Hellenic Navy he was seconded to the Hellenic Ministry of Justice for a short period. He has been an intern with the European Commission, and has worked at various UK and US law firms.

His experience in IT law covers, inter alia, IT-related data protection and EU regulation, telecommunications policy and standards discussion through bodies such as DigitalEurope. An article of his, on data protection and data mining was published by Trinity College Dublin after a presentation he made on the 4rth International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies in Cape Town ( ).

While working as in-house lawyer for Microsoft EMEA (Brussels) he advised and lobbied on EU regulatory affairs, dealing with telecommunications, spectrum issues and new technologies (such as RFID, Rubee, VOIP), data protection, net neutrality, ID theft, e-crime, security and critical infrastructure protection. While at White&Case LLP’s Brussels office as an associate, he was part of a team dealing with the first patent entrapment case in Europe.

Ioannis is an active member of England and Wales Law Society’s Technology and Law Reference Group which advises on various information technology legal and technical issues. He also has some experience in Greek litigation proceedings in relation to private insurance and cargo claims. Ioannis has a research interest in security issues with special reference to regulatory regimes and computer technologies. He has been helping HRAS with legal translations and advice on ISO standard for an information security management system.


Interns having their say….

Andrea Tang

My internship with Human Rights at Sea has been an invaluable experience for me. Working with this international initiative, I have been able to expand my knowledge in maritime and human rights issues, whilst honing my legal skills. In comparison to other pro bono projects I had been involved with, I have felt that Human Rights at Sea provided me with a unique learning experience, allowing me to work autonomously to my own initiative whilst providing me with support and guidance. Throughout my time with Human Rights at Sea, I was able to explore and various human rights issues including refugee rights in Australia and the Mediterranean, safety on ships, and UN arms embargoes. I was also given the opportunity to use my research to draft articles and other summaries for the organisation, which allowed me to develop valuable professional skills. Human Rights at Sea has been a unique and important part of my professional development, and I would highly recommend an internship there! Andrea Tang, LLB, Barrister


Eliza_PortraitInterning with Human Rights at Sea has been a unique working experience for me as a young professional with a legal background. I have been fully trusted by the people behind the Charity and that have let me grow professionally in terms of building my network and sharing my ideas to the Charity. I was assigned with in-depth research in various areas of human rights law ranging from pure maritime issues such as safety and security on board of ships, piracy, armed robbery and terrorism, to more contemporary and controversial issues regarding corporate social responsibility and human rights in the shipping sector. I was granted the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience on drafting soft law initiatives that has added real value to my written and research skills. At Human Rights at Sea one feels that they are a vital part of the organization and the people behind it offer interns what the market requires of young professionals: motivation, innovation and forward thinking. Most important of all, being an intern with Human Rights at Sea one gets to work on the development of a new global human rights platform; what more is there to ask for? Elisabeth Mavropoulou, Attorney-at-Law LLM


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During my time with Human Rights at Sea I have been involved in the provision of advice and assistance to a German based NGO undertaking human rights field operations in the Mediterranean. The escalation in irregular seaborne migration from North Africa to Europe has raised a number of challenging legal, political and security related questions. As a security consultant and trained barrister it is this intersection between ‘real-world’ problems on the one hand and practical solution finding on the other that makes the work undertaken for Human Rights at Sea so fascinating. To date my research has spanned the fields of international human rights law, the law of the sea and refugee and asylum law. With the support of eminent legal practitioners and a network of expert contributors, as an Intern at Human Rights at Sea one really feels like he is a part of something special. Indeed, operating on the frontline of a ground-breaking human rights-based initiative convened to enhance awareness and raise standards, it is inspiring to know that one’s work is going some way to help engender a more socially responsible maritime industry. Daniel Shepherd, Director, MD Cosentio


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Internship at Human Rights at Sea is a deeply expansive experience. I am given total freedom to conduct my research within agreed deadlines. A work / life balance is encouraged and respected and full recognition is given where due. Given the ubiquitous nature of Human Rights it has been eye opening to discover the extent of their absence at sea. My focus has been on the express coverage of Human Rights within the International Labour Organisation (ILO) regulations, critical to Human Rights at Sea’ ongoing work and their defence against any party wishing to play them off against the ILO. It is extremely satisfying to know that your research not only builds your understand ing of the scope and need for development of Human Rights at Sea but that, quality permitting, it is actively used for example in negotiations with seafaring unions. It is impossible to not be enthused by Human Rights at Sea and the dedicated team of people involved. Effective changes are being wrought and it is an honour to play but a small part in securing Human Rights at Sea, all the while developing and enhancing the requisite skills and experiences for a successful career in law. Ms. Joanna Oomen, Bar Vocational Course, London

Past Interns

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Holly Kendall is an Australian lawyer particularly interested in the enforcement of human rights in contested space, specifically international waters. She recently graduated from a Master of Laws with Distinction at University College London. During her studies she extend her knowledge of human rights and discovered her passion for the Law of the Sea. Holly currently works as a Consultant in Sydney, Australia and is interested in developing her practice in human rights. She brings with her experience working in politics, government, the NGO sector and courts. She has previously worked for the Australian Information Commissioner, an Australian parliamentarian and a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales. In addition she has voluntarily provided her services to the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, the International Detention Coalition, Lasso Guide to Charity in China, New South Wales Young Lawyers, as an intern to Congressman Gregory Meeks of the United States House of Representatives and as an English Teacher at the Hanoi University of Technology. Her publications have appeared in the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Australian Environment Review and Right Now: Human Rights in Australia.

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“As an intern at Human Rights at Sea I had the opportunity to work independently, identify strategic priorities and take the initiative to develop projects for the organisation. This freedom gives interns the opportunity to develop their skills and where successful thrive and contribute to the development of the effective implementation of human rights at sea. I monitored relevant human rights developments in Australia, conducted research on Operation Sovereign Boarders, Australian enforcement of maritime law and labour standards, developed advocacy materials and began the work of establishing cooperative relationship with other NGO’s working on issues of mutual interest. Being an intern with Human Rights at Sea is a rewarding experience in terms of developing your professional skills and networks and having the opportunity to contribute to its important work. It is an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.”

Holly Kendall, Graduate with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Michael%20McLeod%20imageTestimonial Icon“I first started working as an intern for the Human Rights at Sea initiative in 2014 while I was still an undergraduate. At the time I was intending to specialise further into Public International Law, and really appreciated the opportunity to explore the subject outside of the confines of my course. During this time, I worked on a several projects including contrasting the protection offered by various Regional Human Rights Treaties, and building timelines of events leading up to the resurgence of conflict in Tripoli.

Since graduating I have been working as a freelance researcher for a number of different organisations, including the United Nations Legal Tools for Peace-Making Project, and several private sector companies based in London. The flexibility of this work has also allowed me to return to the charity, now working on a wider range of increasingly complex issues. This work started with the production of a Research Ethics Guideline for future researchers at the project, and has gone on to include case studies on a variety of legal developments such as: The Criminalisation of Humanitarian Volunteers at Sea; Slavery in the New Zealand Fishing Industry; the Risks to lone International Observers on merchant vessels, and the Impact of the Modern Slavery Act on UK businesses.

From September I will be starting a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Politics and Conflict, and look forward to using this training to write on an even wider range of topics in the future.”

Michael McLeod, Masters Student


Giorgia Linardi PictureGiorgia Linardi is an Italian jurist passionate about human rights in the context of conflict and migration. She recently graduated in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She specialised in International Migration and Refugee law as well as IHL. She wrote her Master thesis on the legal framework applicable to maritime migration in the Central Mediterranean and related asylum issues, under International and European Law. Giorgia gained a diverse experience related to humanitarian work of international organizations, NGOs and other related stakeholders, by collaborating with different agencies of the United Nations. Specifically, she interned with the Gender Equality Division of UNAIDS and the Education Unit of the UNHCR, in the Geneva’s HQs. She also developed substantial project managing skills by participating to and then administrating Law Without Walls, an international project aimed at innovating legal education and practice, as well as by experiencing the private sector in a management consultancy in Zurich. Giorgia is currently working as legal adviser for Sea-Watch, a humanitarian project focused on search and rescue of migrants at sea in the Sicilian Channel, having its operational base on the island of Lampedusa. The immigration crisis unfolding between North Africa and Southern Europe is, indeed, at the basis of Giorgia’s commitment to international law, as the framework whose development can better ensure the protection of human rights at sea.giorgia

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“For over a year Human Rights at Sea has been the main supporter of Sea-Watch in its mission to raise awareness on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean and provide concrete assistance to rescues at sea. The charity has continuously empowered Sea-Watch by offering its human resources and international network to provide legal assistance and media support to our NGO.”

Georgia Linardi, Legal Adviser and Mission Coordinator for External Relations, Sea-Watch

How to apply

Applications should be emailed to:

Applications must include:

A covering letter introducing the candidate and reasons for applying. Full CV. Personal references and two examples of written work.


Application Process

Applications for each position advertised will be initially reviewed within 14 working days of receipt.

Applicants will be graded according to the essential and desirable qualities, the quality of the submitted covering letter, CV, references and the submitted paper. All decisions are taken at the sole discretion of the HRAS reviewers.

Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been successful in their application.

Unsuccessful candidates can be provided with feedback.

Successful candidates from the initial review may be called to interview in London.

The successful candidate(s) will be offered a position in writing and upon acceptance, will commence the internship as defined by the HRAS Founder, or in his absence, a deputised individual.

Available Internships

None available at this time