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Summer 2024 Legal Internship

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement. The CEC now operates under the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) as of July 1, 2020.

The CEC facilitates effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect and enhance the North American environment in support of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Legal Affairs and Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) Unit is charged with administering the public submissions process under Chapter 24 of the USMCA. The process allows any national of or entity established in Canada, Mexico, or the US to file a submission asserting that a Party to USMCA is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws. We also consult on legal matters across the CEC Secretariat, acting as in-house counsel when needed.

The CEC is seeking candidates for Summer 2024 for an internship in the Legal Affairs & SEM Unit. This is an exciting time to work with the CEC Secretariat as we have many active submissions at various stages in the SEM process.

Responsibilities

  • Legal interns will perform research and prepare legal memoranda on environmental issues in the US, Mexico, and Canada as well as international issues.
  • Legal interns will assist with reviewing submissions and associated documents, and preparing determinations, notifications, and factual records.

Location and Duration

  • Successful candidates will work under the supervision of the CEC Legal Officer at the CEC’s Headquarters Office in Montreal, Canada or remotely.
  • 10-12 week program, full time (37.5 hours per week), starting at the end of May 2024.
  • The CEC will provide a stipend of CAD$3,300 to successful candidates.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be current law students on track to graduate in 2024 or 2025.
  • Applicants should have completed coursework in environmental and/or international law.
    • Preference for candidates studying US law who have experience with or interest in marine species conservation.
  • Applicants should possess strong writing and legal research skills and be able to work both independently and with a team.
  • Applicants should have a general understanding of the SEM process and are encouraged to consult the CEC website at: cec.org/submissions.
  • Applicants should have working proficiency in at least two of the three CEC official languages (English and/or Spanish and/or French).
  • Applicants must be residents of Canada, Mexico, or the United States.
  • Successful candidates will be responsible for their own health insurance.

Please send a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and a one-page statement of interest no later than 8 March 2024 to Doris Millan at: dmillan@cec.org.

Overview

Status

Active

Deadline

March 8, 2024 5:00pm

Salary/Budget

The CEC will provide a stipend of CAD$3,300 to successful candidates

Location

Successful candidates will work under the supervision of the CEC Legal Officer at the CEC’s Headquarters Office in Montreal, Canada or remotely

About the CEC and SEM Process

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The CEC now operates under the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) as of July 1, 2020.

The CEC facilitates effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect and enhance the North American environment in support of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process under Chapter 24 of the CUSMA allows any national of or entity established in Canada, Mexico, or the US to file a submission asserting that a Party to CUSMA is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.