Law & Human Rights Volunteer Projects in Mongolia
Our Law and Human Rights placements in Mongolia are based in the intriguing city of Ulaanbaatar, geographically the most remote capital in the world. Here you will live and work in close proximity to the city centre, but your walk to work will take you past a patchwork blanket of different habitations, from large tower blocks to tented 'Ger' districts. This is a law internship unlike any other!
We work with a number of different organisations in the field of both law and human rights. These organisations operate in fields that are constantly developing, as Mongolia changes to keep up with the rest of the world. Less than two decades ago the country was run by a government whose policies were very closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was very much based on that of the former Soviet Union, but when that came to an end in 1990 so too did the old Mongolian system, with a new democratic state and constitution being established 2 years later.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law, and was initially rather slow to develop. In recent years, however an increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about considerable and fundamental changes and you now have a chance to be involved in this process!
Both our Law and Human Rights internships in Mongolia will be a valuable addition to your CV in this notoriously competitive profession, and might just secure you that lucrative first job once you graduate. A placement with one of our partner organisations will give you some fantastic experiences to talk about in an interview.
Both Law and Human Rights Interns should expect to work from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, with the option of working longer hours if they choose. All volunteers need to show a good level of initiative; all our Law and Human Rights placements are fast-paced, and volunteers who seek their own work, ask questions and make an impact on their supervisors will have a first class learning experience.
Volunteering on a Law Internship in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
If you volunteer on our Law project in Mongolia you will work for a company that deals with a wide range of clients in both economic and legal fields, giving you a broad experience of this sort of work. You will be involved in many different aspects of the legal process; you may be interviewing people, writing legal opinions, researching cases, or doing contract work.
One of our largest partner organisations operates as a consultancy to a number of large companies, both domestic and international. In addition to your other duties you may wish to provide your colleagues with some assistance with law-related English, to improve their confidence dealing with overseas clients.
All Law volunteers are expected to have some law experience. Most of our volunteers are part way through a law course or have completed their studies and are interested in gaining practical work experience in a law firm abroad.
Volunteering on a Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
We work with organisations such as The National Centre Against Violence and The Gender Equality Centre, encompassing everything from sexism in the workplace to domestic violence. Other areas include human trafficking and child protection; these organisations are very flexible and will respond to any new issues that need attention.
Human Rights law is a rapidly expanding area in the Mongolian legal system and you can have a great deal of involvement if you are enthusiastic and reliable. One of the areas you may be asked to look at is the state of human rights legislation in countries in the west, with the aim of developing the Mongolian model by lobbying the Mongolian parliament.
Many of the organisations we work with are not-for-profit, so there are many things that you can be involved with, which will give you a fantastic experience of the way the whole organisation operates. As well as working on individual cases, you may find yourself networking with people from other organisations and running campaigns to raise public awareness about these different areas. If you are comfortable with your writing abilities you may be able to assist with the development of their website.
No previous experience or qualifications are required to take part on a Human Rights placement, all we ask is that you have an interest in the area, bags of enthusiasm and are willing to work hard. If you do have relevant experience, this will of course be very welcome and you may be asked to look at the structure of the organisation, provide ideas on best practice and visit other offices outside of Ulaanbaatar.