Internship Experience @ Human Rights Law Network, Delhi: Drafting of PIL, Research Work, Discussions with Foreign Speakers

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Sushant Agarwal,  Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, 1st Year of Study, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Name of the Organisation, City and State

Human Rights Law Network, Delhi

Duration

08th July 2019 to 08th August 2019

Application Process

Cover Letter, CV, Recommendation Letter with their completely filled application form in which they asked you to write about a 500 words essay describing YOUR INTEREST in Human Rights, all attach in a mail and send it to the head of the Internship Coordinator at hrln.internships[at]gmail.com. The mail should be sent at least 3 months before the commencement of the internship.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

On the very first day, I have to report to the Internship Coordinator where she briefs me about the working of the HRLN and asked me to fill an application form followed by the submission of Rs. 2000( only for the interns and not for the volunteers)as it is a Charitable organization.

Then a mentor is alloted to me, under whom I supposed to work throughout the month. I wasn’t lucky to get much work on the first day as my mentor went to the Court. In the evening, she gave me a Criminal Writ (Quashing the entire proceedings) and asked me to summarise it.

The hall (usually known as a basement) isn’t a very big one but have enough space to accommodate around 15 people.

Main Tasks

Once the mentor is alloted to you, now it’s upon your calibre that how much you can learn from them. I have seen many interns doing translations, making a soft copy of the Judgement or just chattering with new fellows in most of their internship period.

I was very lucky throughout my internship as 99% of my work was legal. My work includes summarization of the Fact-finding report of Orissa bonded labourers, Drafting of Orissa Bonded labourer PIL, research on Central sector scheme on rehabilitation of bonded labourers, the Bonded Labourers Abolition Act,1976, cases on custodial deaths in Delhi prison, Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances(NDPS Act), 1985, Maintainability of Writs..etc. Apart from this I also did documentation on fake encounters in UP.

Non-legal work consists of observing High Court and Supreme Court proceedings, documentary screening and seminars.

Good Things

The head of the HRLN, Colin Gonsalves is very energetic, polite and have a very caring nature. Apart from his workload, he regularly interacts with interns and discussing various social problems of India. The associates in the office were also very helpful and eager to teach you and learn from you.

You have the opportunity to interact with people coming from different colleges, the most interesting ways to be stress-free. Discussion with Foreign speakers, Experts and Advocates around India. Experience of working under Human Rights Advocates and brief knowledge of challenges and problems faced in the practical application of the law.

My co-interns were from around the World. I got to connect with people who had come from Australia, Columbia, Spain, the United States and in India from Delhi, Dehradun
and Pune.

Bad Things

Sometimes assigned work is against your expectations. So, Be Prepared!!!

Stipend

NO. Only reasonable expenses are being paid.

Accommodation Commute

Don’t waste your time in searching for nearby PGs. You can choose from a variety of localities like New friends colony, Lajpat nagar..etc, they offer rooms/PGs at a very reasonable price. By bus or auto-rickshaw, it takes hardly 20-25 minutes to reach office.

Other Info

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