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Various human rights positions, United Nations


Refugee Adviser (Health and Social Care) – London

Barnet Refugee Service

You will provide advice and guidance on issues such as accessing welfare benefits, housing, employment and training and especially health to Asylum Seekers/ Refugees both at our office, by phone and at other locations across Barnet.

You will need significant experience of direct advice work with Asylum Seekers/ Refugees, working with health services and extensive knowledge of the health issues facing Asylum Seekers/ Refugees and the resources available to help them. You will also have the ability to provide training and workshops, to be a strong team player with excellent negotiation and communication skills, and an ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.

NJC SO1 £26063 – £26,878pa (Inc OLW) pro rata – 28 hours p/wk

For an application pack email admin@b-r-s.org.uk or call 020 8905 9002 or write to Barnet Refugee Service, 8th floor, Hyde House, The Hyde, Colindale, London, NW9 6LH. Closing date for receipt of applications is 19th February 2014 at 5pm. Applications from refugees are particularly welcomed.

For more info: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/news/2014/vacancy-refugee-advisor-health-and-social-care-barnet-refugee-service?utm_source=Migrants+Rights+News&utm_campaign=93d96f4b4c-MRN_News_10-02-2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1084a7080c-93d96f4b4c-217226077

Specialists, Peacebuilding sector

International Alert

London, deadline 23 Feb

International Alert is requesting ‘Expression of Interests’ from qualified and experienced specialists available for short and long term assignments…with the following areas of expertise: Stabilisation experience including military, justice and security sector reform; Climate change and environment, and experience linking this to peacebuilding; Advanced research techniques with experience of leading field based research including conducting country or thematic peace and conflict analyses; Evaluation experience including strategic evaluation, theory based evaluations, contribution analysis and mixed methods evaluation; Designing and implementing tailored short-term peacebuilding courses; Integrating gender into peacebuilding research and implementation; Peace and Economy experience including private sector approaches to peacebuilding


Job Posting: Legal advisor – Freshwater preservation and Human Rights and the Environment programs in the Andean Region

Inter American Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA)


Head, Field Legal Office


Location: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Apply by: 19 Feb 2014


Senior Legal Officer


Location: Jerusalem, Israel

Apply by: 01 Mar 2014


Advisor on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI)

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Apply by: 02 Mar 2014


Executive Director – Fundraising, Communications & External Relations

CARE India

Location: New Delhi, India

Apply by: 10 Mar 2014


Coordinator for the Program on Access to Natural Resources


FIAN’s work on access to natural resources aims to increase national and international awareness for the lack of or insecure access to land and other related resources, and to analyze the issue from a human rights perspective.


Analista de Estrategia

Alianza por la Minería Responsable, con sede en Perú, fin de plazo 28 de febrero



Summer Law Intern


ELAW is a network of public interest environmental lawyers and scientists who use the law to protect the environment. We provide legal and scientific resources to advocates in approximately 70 countries who are working to protect the environment and human rights. Legal interns assist the Staff Attorneys in responding to requests for assistance.

Summer Internship (public sector)


Application Deadline: 02/28/14

LOCATION: 1877 Garden Ave Eugene, Oregon 97403 United States

Summer LGBTI Refugee Internship

ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration

ORAM is the leading international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees who have been forced to flee their home countries due to persecution based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. An official partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), ORAM works to carry out its worldwide mission.

Summer Internship (public sector)


ORAM is seeking highly qualified and dedicated interns to perform a wide range of activities. Intern duties could include legal research and writing on critical issues for LGBTI refugee protection, research on conditions in refugees’ countries of origin and transit, and client intake. No compensation is available from ORAM, but we will work with law school funding or schools offering credit.

All first and second year law students are encouraged to apply. This position requires excellent research and writing skills, as well as the ability to work independently. Students with interest or experience in human rights law, LGBT law, or those who have worked directly with clients, are especially encouraged to apply.

• This is a full time summer position. Interns/externs will be expected to work a minimum of 35 hours per week.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief legal writing sample (5 – 10 pages) to the ORAM Internship Coordinator at internship@oraminternational.org.

• Please include “Summer 2014 Legal Internship/Externship Application” in the subject line of your e-mail.

• Please indicate fluency in languages in addition to English in your application.

• Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. All applications should be submitted electronically. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

03/31/14 Application Deadline


39 Drumm Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, California 94111 United States


Tracey Roth

Administrative Associate & Office Manager

39 Drumm Street, 4th Floor

San Francisco, California 94111

United States


(415) 399-1701

International Rescue Committee

Volunteer opportunities:

1.) Resolution with Report: Arms Trade Treaty: We are looking for

individuals to help us draft/make improvements to an R/R we have been

working on that pertains to the Arms Trade Treaty. This particular

document has the potential to become official ABA policy. Anyone

interested should email me (joe.p.federici@gmail.com).

2.) Resolution with Report: Election Monitoring in the United States: We

are looking to draft and R/R re: the support of international monitoring of

US elections. This project has yet to be started and much needs to be

discussed. The final product has the potential to become official ABA

policy. If you are interested, please email me (joe.p.federici@gmail.com).

3.) *Call for Panelists – "Undoing Business in Latin America: Rule of Law

and the Informal Economy"*: Recently, the Section of International Law

approved one of the IHRC program/panel submissions for the SIL Fall 2014

Meeting in Buenos Aires – "Undoing Business in Latin America: Rule of Law

and the Informal Economy". Generally, the panel will address the


*Rule of law programs aimed at strengthening legal institutions in

developing countries capture only one segment of the business

community—the formal segment. The informal economy—often referred to as

the gray market—is often left behind. New “formalization” programs have

attempted to bring informal enterprises into the legal fold but have thus

far been unsuccessful. The panelists will present their research on rule

of law and the informal economy in Latin America using case studies of the

Colombian gray market, including an analysis of the newly enacted

formalization law in Colombia. *

If you, or someone you know is interested in the topic and is potentially

interested in sitting as a panelist, please contact joe.p.federici@gmail.com

Internship, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP)

In Summer 2010, the Criminal Division’s Office of Special Investigations and Domestic Security Section were merged into the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP). The mission of HRSP is to enhance the security of our nation’s citizens and borders by enforcing federal criminal laws relating to: (1) international human rights violations; (2) certain federal crimes of violence committed ..

Deadline: March 1

Part Time/School Year, Summer Internship (public sector)


Application Deadline: 03/01/14

LOCATION: Criminal Division Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section U.S. Department of Justice 1301 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 200 Washington, District of Columbia 20530 United States

Law interns will conduct substantial legal research and writing assignments in the areas of international, criminal, and immigration law. Law interns will also conduct factual research, review and organize documents, and work on policy matters.

Summer: Rising second- and third-year law students. Fall/Spring: Second- and third-year law students; full-time International or Comparative Law LL.M. candidates who are not employed while pursuing their advanced degree.

Applicants must have: (1) a strong academic background; (2) excellent research and writing skills; and (3) experience or interest in criminal and international law.

Application Deadline:

Summer: March 1

Fall: June 1

Spring: September 1

Because interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis beginning as early as December 1 for the summer, applicants should apply as early as possible.

Minimum Weeks Required:

Summer: 10 weeks or more

Fall/Spring: Full semester (15 to 20 hours per week)

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Foreign language proficiency is preferred.

How to Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to hrspjobs@usdoj.gov.



The Advocacy Project (AP) is recruiting Peace Fellows for 2014. Peace Fellows are graduate students who volunteer with our community-based partners for periods of ten weeks or more. We have deployed 253 Fellows since 2003 and hope to send out another 14 this year to 10 countries; Mali, Uganda, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Palestine, Israel, Morocco, and Peru.

Three fellowships will be long-term (June to December). The remaining positions will last for 10-12 weeks (June-August) and come with a $1500 stipend. We will organize training for all Fellows in Washington, DC in May.

All 2014 Fellows will be asked to perform three core tasks: first, provide their host with technical support (Five by Ten services); second, help their hosts to outline a long-term program; and third, produce information products that will promote the work of their host (blogs, photos etc).

View our website for more information on how to become a peace fellow. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2014.

Liberia Law Fellowship

The Carter Center/W&L Transnational Law Institute (Lexington, VA)

The Carter Center (TCC) and the Transnational Law Institute of Washington and Lee University School of Law (“W&L”) are pleased to announce the opportunity for recent law school graduates to work as law fellows for a variety of government and non-governmental institutions in Liberia, West Africa. Fellows will be placed according to their backgrounds and interests at various government institutions, including: the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Public Works, the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute, The Land Reform Commission, The Law Reform Commission, Independent Human Rights Commission, and The Carter Center. These unfunded fellowships offer a unique opportunity to engage in legal reform and legal development at a critical time in Liberian history, as well as a challenging and interesting personal experience.

These positions are unpaid, and there is currently no funding available from either W&L or The Carter Center. The Liberia Law Fellowship Program facilitates the placement of qualified applicants who are sponsored by foundations, law schools, law firms, or other funding source. This is also an excellent opportunity for deferred law firm associates or public interest sabbaticals. Applicants are invited to apply for placements ranging from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 24 months. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Qualifications: • JD or LLM by Fall, 2011 and bar admission or foreign equivalent; • excellent legal research and writing skills; • excellent communication skills; • commitment to working for post-conflict and developing populations; • flexibility and patience to work in a developing context; • self-motivated with the ability to handle multiple tasks; • international experience desired, but not necessary; and • willingness (and enthusiasm) to travel to rural areas within Liberia.

To Apply:

E-mail a resume and cover letter detailing interest in position, potential funding sources, relevant deadlines, length of availability and available start date to:

Elizabeth Neidzwski

Liberia Law Fellowship Program Coordinator

Transnational Law Institute

Washington & Lee School of Law



PILPG Law Fellow

The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization which operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy …


Application Deadline: 11/03/14

LOCATION: 800 16th ST. NW Washington, District of Columbia 20006 United States

Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching and Advocacy Fellow

Harvard Law School-Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (Cambridge, MA)

Applications are now being accepted for the Albert M. Sacks Fellowship at Harvard Law School. The fellowship will provide an opportunity for an attorney to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on direct representation, appellate litigation and policy advocacy work, starting in the summer of 2014. The Fellow will supervise clinical students and work closely with experienced attorneys and clinicians at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services during the 2014-2015 academic year. The position will also offer opportunities for professional development and scholarship in the areas of immigration and refugee law.

About the Position:

The Fellow’s responsibilities will include close supervision of student casework and development of immigration and refugee law teaching and training materials alongside clinical faculty. They will supervise and mentor students, meeting often to discuss developments in their cases, and providing regular, detailed feedback. The Fellow will appear in immigration court and in front of administrative bodies with students. Additionally, the Fellow will work on a range of research projects for the clinical director as well as appellate briefs and advocacy issues. The Fellow will be based at Harvard Law School and may collaborate with other programs in Harvard’s vibrant clinical community.

The position is a one year placement with possibility of renewal for one to two additional years.

Additional Qualifications:

JD required. Experience in immigration removal and asylum practice preferred. Candidates should have excellent academic credentials, superior research and writing skills, and a strong commitment to public interest lawyering. Outstanding interpersonal skills, along with flexibility, sense of humor and a passion for direct service work, and, particularly, immigration and asylum work required. Candidates should also have an interest in and aptitude for supervising and advising students, as well as a demonstrated interesting in teaching and proven capacity to work as a team member. Ability to work sensitively with a diverse population of clients, students, and staff is essential. Second language capability in Spanish or French preferred.


Post-Graduate Fellowship




0-1 year, 2-4 years


The University of San Francisco School of Education is proud to offer the first Master of Arts in Human Rights Education in the U.S.! Admission is now open for a new cohort starting in Fall 2014! Our faculty consists of leading scholars in the field of Human Rights Education. For more information, see: https://www.usfca.edu/soe/programs/ime/ma_hre/

Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches

Dates: Monday 16th to Friday 20th June 2014

Venue: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

This annual IHRN training program aims at enhancing the skills of justice sector personnel, consultants, managers etc., in applying Human Rights Based Approaches to Justice Sector Reform. The program is designed for people working in the justice sector (with state or non-state institutions) or undertaking Rule of law/Governance assignments (e.g. UN, EC Framework Contract Lot 7 – Governance and Home Affairs) as well as justice sector personnel wishing to adapt their expertise for international consultancy work.

Further information and application details can be found at the following link: Justice Sector Reform. http://www.ihrnetwork.org/justice-sector-reform_202.htm

15th Annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to announce the call for applications for the 15th annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which runs from May 27th to June 13th 2014. Our program offers 19 courses taught by more than 40 prominent scholars in the field of human rights, in both English and Spanish. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, recognized members of NGOs and professors from all over the world. The program welcomed more than 165 participants from over 25 countries with differing backgrounds and levels of experience for an intensive three weeks in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Academy hosts special events, such as panels, a film series, and site visits to international organizations. The Diploma is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements.

Application deadline: May 1, 2014.

Access more information at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/summer.cfm

Call for 2015 application for the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Civil Society Section

We are pleased to share the call for applications for the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (UNVFCFS).

Applications can be submitted until 1 March 2014.

Contacts: slaveryfund@ohchr.org

Before initiating a new application, please consult the Manuals for online applications and reports for the Torture Fund (English) and the Slavery Fund (English | French | Spanish).

The Human Rights Centre of the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE-HRC) and Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) jointly conduct several professional e-learning courses throughout the year on diverse range of human rights issues. These six-week certificate courses are aimed at professionals working with the United Nations and other international governmental organizations, government officials, NGO staff, development workers, human rights advocates, academics and students. In addition to the e-learning courses, two blended learning courses (e-learning + field visits in Costa Rica) are also offered on the topics of ‘Environment and Human Rights’ and ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Rights’.

Over the last four years, several hundreds of participants have benefited from these joint courses conducted by UPEACE-HRC and HREA. The courses can also be taken for two graduate academic credits offered by UPEACE.

Participation is limited to 25 persons per course. Below are the courses offered for the period January-July 2014.

19 March-29 April

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Environment & Human Rights

• 1st Annual Environment and Human Rights Course & Field Visit in Costa Rica (19 March-29 April 2014and 2-7 June 2014)

7 May-17 June

• Health and Human Rights

21 May-1 July • International Human Rights Law (Foundation Course)

• Development and Human Rights: Implications for the Globalised World

4 June-15 July • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

• 4th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Course & Field Visit in Costa Rica (4 June-15 July and 4-10 August 2014)




The Peace & Collaborative Development Network has a listing of 21

key resources for obtaining funding for on the ground peacebuilding work. Some of these resources (e.g. International Human Rights Funders Group) could be very useful to the human rights community


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