Fifth-year ANU Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Commerce student Tudor Filaret will spend 13 weeks in The Hague after receiving an internship in the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT).
Tudor will spend the three months from March to June in the Office of the Prosecutor for the Trial Section which is currently working on the Stanišić and Simatović retrial.
Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović – both members of the administration of the former Yugoslavia – were acquitted in 2013 of performing crimes against humanity. However, in 2015 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Appeals Chamber ordered a retrial, commencing in June 2017.
It is an exciting opportunity for Tudor who was born in Romania and moved to Australia at the age of seven.
He grew up being told of the inter-ethnic wars within the former Yugoslavia and said now he is looking forward to learning more about the events from an international justice perspective.
“When I was younger my relatives and Romanian community told me about the events, but I never fully understood what happened,” he said.
“I think when I came to ANU Law and I started researching the opportunities for practising international law it sort of clicked.
“The ability to look at the former Yugoslavian genocides through the perspective of international criminal law provided an excellent opportunity to piece both my cultural background and my academic interests together.”
Tudor cemented his interest in international law when studied the course at ANU. Following his interest in international law, he undertook a global exchange to University College Dublin in Ireland.
“There I did specific subjects which focussed on European Union Law, as well as courtroom advocacy and mooting” he said.
“My interest in international law, combined with my interest in EU Law and courtroom advocacy motivated me to apply for this internship. I hope my work will help write the permanent history of what happened during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.”
Tudor hopes to fund the unpaid internship with help from a grant from the Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund (SEEF) which is supplied through the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA).
The grants are offered to support student programs that enrich students’ extracurricular experience at the ANU.
When he returns, Tudor plans to spend part of his final year at ANU mentoring students who want to apply for United Nations internships.
“I think it would be very helpful for people to receive direct guidance in the process which for me required a lot of documentation,” he said.
“I had to provide two reference letters, a statement of intent, and a sample of written academic work which had to relate to the field of work that the Tribunal specialises in. I was lucky enough to have completed a research essay on the protection of vulnerable witnesses for Evidence Law at the ANU, which I believe brought me over the line in the application process.”
“I learned a lot during the application process and I would like to share that knowledge with other students when I return from The Hague.”