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October 8, 2018

In the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which is financed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA) is inviting interested parties to participate in the second edition of research internships at Osgoode Law School (University of York, Toronto, Canada). The program will run from Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 15, 2019. A total of two interns will be selected.



1.- Internship Purpose
The purpose of the internship is to support civil procedure reform processes in Latin American and Caribbean nations by providing professionals with an opportunity to travel to Toronto, Canada to perform research on a topic of their choosing and to collaborate on and participate in the Law School’s activities and acquire important knowledge for their local context.

2. Requirements
Applicants must fill in the application form and submit a research proposal on a topic of interest related to access to justice in the field of civil justice. The proposal must include a description of the topic, justification for the work [1] and the design of the research methodology (maximum of 2 pages).

The proposal must be submitted in English and Spanish (Brazilian applicants may apply in English and Portuguese) to JSCA Training Director Leonel González: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with a copy sent to JSCA Researcher Laura Cora Bogani: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All applications must include a gender perspective. This includes at least:

Use of non-sexist and egalitarian language: modify the androcentric approach in communications in order to make women and LGBTQ individuals visible and avoid all stereotypes and sexist prejudices.
Data must be disaggregated by gender.

Interns must refrain from reproducing general stereotypes such as ideas that associate women with their role as mothers and men with sustaining the household or women with emotions and men with rational thinking.

Mainstreaming gender: When working on content, one must ask: Does this contact impact men, women and LGBTQ individuals differently? How? We recommend that special attention be paid to that impact and that interns make an effort to propose alternatives or possible routes of action for counteracting them in cases in which this difference implies gender discrimination or inequality.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with research projects related to civil procedure or who are likely to work in institutions that focus on related issues in the future.
It is of utmost importance for interns to have guaranteed availability for March 4-15, 2019. Applicants must also be proficient in written and spoken English. Their English skills must be addressed in the application form.

Finalists may be interviewed by phone in English in order to verify their fluidity and ability to complete the internship.

3. Internship Benefits
Interns will receive the following benefits:
Roundtrip airfare from their country of origin to Canada.

Housing during the two-week internship.

Per diem to cover meals and transportation (basic meals and transportation to official activities).

Interns must cover the costs of securing a visa and medical insurance. They are thus responsible for requesting, processing and obtaining the respective visas in a timely manner, including visas required for countries in which they have stop-overs such as the United States.

Interns are expected to schedule their own meetings with law school officials, professionals and/or judiciary members for their research projects. We suggest that interns schedule these meetings well in advance of the internship.

4. Requirements for the Intern
Interns must submit a report on their experience to the institution along with the research product completed during the program, which may be published and/or disseminated under the author’s name.

5. Deadline
Applications must be submitted by November 23, 2018. Finalists will be selected and phone interviews will be conducted during the week of November 26, 2018. The final selection process will take place during the week of December 3, 2018.







[1] The submission should address at least the following questions: How is the topic chosen related to the objective of the internship? Does the proposal make a connection between the local development of the topic selected and the importance of that topic in Canada? How will the research contribute to civil justice reform processes in the region?


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