Jergus participated in a human rights law internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2018. “After successfully graduating from the LLM programme at the University of Edinburgh, I was eager to gain valuable work experience in the area of my studies, i.e. human rights law. The human rights law internship offered by the VACorps programme in Cape Town constituted a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the application of my knowledge in practice. During my time in Cape Town, I was able to partake in very impactful work, particularly the drafting of the submissions towards the amendments of the Births and Deaths Registration Act and the Children’s Act. At the heart of these submissions was a plea for the legal recognition of undocumented children in South Africa. My fondest and the most unforgettable memories of the internship are the visits to the courts as well as the South African parliament.

“Having said that, the VACorps programme also allowed me to explore the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town and take in the rich culture that permeates this country. I am very grateful for taking part in this programme as it has allowed me to progress further with my career objectives – thanks to the experience I have gained from the internship at the Refugee Legal and Advocacy Centre, I was admitted into the traineeship programme of the European Court of Human Rights.”

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