Human Rights Law and Policy Forum



Legal Placement (Bangkok, Thailand)
One LLB student and one JD student will do an internship in Bangkok with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office for three months (June-August 2018). The intern will assist the UNDP in its business and rights project, or help with their general human rights work.

The UNDP works in 170 countries to eradicate poverty and protect the planet. The business and human rights project in Bangkok is particularly focused on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and realising the Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region.

Legal Placement (Seoul, Korea)
The ‘International Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) programme’ involves a month-long internship at a human rights organization in South Korea, at the end of which up to 10 CityU students take part in a model UPR process with students from Japan, South Korea and North Korea.

The model UPR is a two-day hands-on learning experience simulating the UPR of the UN Human Rights Council. Students will learn how the UPR works and model the process over two days, in dialogue with other teams. Through this simulation, students will review current human rights issues, and propose sustainable solutions to assist human rights protection. The UPR will begin with a social night, and finish with an all-day human rights tour of Seoul. Please see the attached document for more information on the UPR system. Prior to this competition, students will undertake a human rights related internship at a major organization in Seoul, arranged by Korea University. Options include non-governmental organizations, international human rights organizations, human rights-related law firms, and others in the private sector.

Legal Placement (Geneva)
One LLB student and one JD student will do internship in Geneva with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for three months (June-August 2018). The intern will assist the mandate of UN Human Rights Council’s special procedures during the internship.

List of employers:
Legal Placement (Bangkok, Thailand)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Office
Legal Placement (Seoul, Korea)
Korea University
Legal Placement (Geneva)
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Geneva Internship Experiences
My summer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was an amazing and eye-opening experience. Over the ten weeks at the UN Headquarters for Human Rights in Geneva, I had the opportunity to attend various events, conferences, and training offered by the United Nations.

Besides working with my team, I also had the opportunity to participate in The Global Consultation of OHCHR. The Global Consultation is an open discussion conference that happens every four years to discuss and address current issues and priorities. Participating in different small group discussions and listening to the views of OHCHR’s representatives on controversial issues, including business and human rights, was a rewarding and fascinating experience. This unique internship allowed me to understand the impact of international law on a global scale and has further fueled my passion for law.

Lo Mandia Yat Man

Thanks to the support I received from CityU I was able to spend 3 months in Geneva, Switzerland as an intern at the United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). During my time at the OHCHR I was given the opportunity to work in a variety of different areas, such as “Illicit Financial Flows” which studies the impact of tax evasion and tax avoidance on the rights of citizens. My time at the UN was a learning rollercoaster which I thoroughly enjoyed. It has given me a new perspective on international human rights, and I believe it will have a lasting impact on my career path going forward.

Jacobus Du Plessis


Model Universal Period Review Competition

HRLF will be co-organizing a Model Universal Period Review (UPR) Competition in Seoul from 31 July to 4 August. Ten students will be chosen to form a team to compete against other universities from Japan and South Korea. Further information is available in the hyperlinked "about" document below. Please apply by completing the application form, also linked below. If you would like any further information please contact HRLF Senior Research Associate David Birchall, at

About UPR

Application Form