International assistance


OKO invites applications from young lawyers from abroad with knowledge of International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law to apply for an OKO fellowship.

Each OKO Fellow will work within one of the four 'Tim za Podrsku Odbrani' (TPOs) or defence support teams within OKO. They will be supervised by a lawyer from BiH working in conjunction with pripravniks. This experience allows young lawyers from abroad to gain practical experience in defending actual war crimes cases, allowing them to put their training into practice.

OKO Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with their supervising lawyer to produce an original piece of legal scholarship. OKO Fellows will be encouraged to publish their work in the OKO Reporter as well as in major international law reviews. We request that each fellow carefully consider the short research proposal required in the application form. We encourage applicants to demonstrate their understanding of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, or human rights law by submitting proposals that are both relevant to legal scholarship and the practical work of OKO.  

Selection criteria

Candidates will be selected in accordance with the following criteria:

Essential requirements

·         Minimum commitment of 6 months
·         Post-graduate qualification in law
·         Study of international criminal law or Human Rights law
·         Excellent legal research skills
·         Experience working in a law office
·         Working proficiency in English
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills
·         Proven ability to undertake tasks with minimal supervision
·         Ability to work in a high pressure environment

Preferable experience

·         Qualified to practice in your home jurisdiction
·         Domestic litigation experience
·         Previous international criminal defence experience

Fellowship Duration

Due to the nature of the work, OKO is only able to offer fellowships for six month periods.


Funding Support and Health Care

 Each OKO Fellow receives a living allowance of approximately 400 Euros as well as health insurance for the duration of the fellowship.



Application Forms

Please fill in the bilingual application form and return it by post to: Kadrovska sluzba,  Ured Registrara Kraljice Jelene 88, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina

Or to fax number: +387 33 707 259
Or to email address:
Download application form here

Please, note that only short listed candidates will be contacted and interviewed for the advertised posts.


Previous OKO Fellows

Benedicte Grandin, France
Arielle Silverstein, Israel
Fernando Gonzales, Mexico
Amanda Wetzel, United States
Jim Wormington, United Kingdom
Allen Cansick, United Kingdom
Rob Ratton, United States
Simone Halink, Netherlands
Kathrin Range, Germany
Kelly Fry, United States

Richard Oakes, United Kingdom

Chukwuka Ehighibe, Nigeria

Elizabeth-Merry Condon, United States

Joanne Williams, Ireland

Denaura Bordandini, Italy

Pietro Sardaro, Italy

Thomas Margueritte, France

Kornelis Kasper, Netherlands

Nicole Mittner, Switzerland

Leah Campbell, Australia

Vasiliki Gkeka, Greece

Debra Lefing, USA

Lina Baddour, USA

Marina Pier, Netherlands

Sarah King, USA

Kelly Geoghegan, USA

Laurence Carrier-Desjardins, Canada