via Laura Cosovanu
Manager for the International Human Rights Education Center
(permanent post to the secretariat in Oslo)
Amnesty International is a global, membership driven Human Rights organisation with more than three million members world wide. The organisation is independent of any Government, economic actor, political conviction or religious belief. Amnesty International in Norway has more than 100 000 members and supporters.
Amnesty International Norway seeks a full-time manager for the newly established International Human Rights Education Centre. The centre is based in Oslo, but has a close cooperation with Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London.
Responsibilities and tasks
The Manager will be responsible for the ongoing work and further development of the Centre. The tasks will include implementation of ongoing international projects and programmes, planning, fund-raising for and developing new projects in cooperation with Amnesty International in other countries. The post requires participation in project visits, workshops and other events in and outside Amnesty. The work will entail frequent travel.
The post lies within the Communication Department of Amnesty International Norway, but reports to an International Steering Group.
We are looking for a person with university, or similar level, education in relevant subject(s). We would prefer someone with experience of international project management and/or work with different cultures, as well as good communication skills.
Knowledge of Human Rights in general and Human Rights Education in particular, will be preferable. Fluent written and oral English is a requirement, and knowledge of Spanish/French/Arabic is an advantage.
• a challenging job in a committed and focused environment
• salary to be agreed upon
• flexible working hours, favourable insurance and retirement systems
Application deadline: 11 April 2011
For more information, contact Director: John Peder Egenæs, tel +47 911 00 676 or Head of Communications: Ina Tin tel +47 474 00 285
Send your application to Amnesty International Norway, P.O. Box 702 Sentrum, 0106 Oslo, Norway, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study titled Reparations for Conflict-related Sexual Violence
Starting date: April 15, 2011
Duration of Contract: 60 days
Duty Station: Home
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the joint supervision of UN Women and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and building on existing normative frameworks and operational guidance within the UN system, the Consultant will undertake a commissioned study on reparations for conflict-related sexual violence.
Specifically, the Consultant will:
a) Outline the applicable legal framework on the right to a remedy and reparations for victims of gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law;
b) Conduct a review of operational and policy guidance on reparations that currently exist within the UN, including reports and evaluations;
c) Conduct a review of practice to date related to reparations programmes, with a focus on conflict-related sexual violence. This will include state administered programmes, court awarded programmes, restitution programmes and other efforts relevant to fulfilling the reparations rights of those affected by conflict-related sexual violence;
d) Conduct an analysis of the roles and responsibilities, including financial considerations, of national and international actors in relations to reparations programmes benefiting victims of conflict-related sexual violence; and
e) Report jointly to UN Women and OHCHR in relation to the above.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE:
The right to a remedy and reparation for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law is enshrined in numerous international legal instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Hague Convention respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, and Rome Statute. The General Assembly has also reaffirmed the right of victims to reparations in the Basic Principles on Guidelines on the Right to a Remedy and Reparation for Victims of Gross Violations of International Human Rights Law and Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law.
As noted in the Secretary-General’s Guidance Note on Transitional Justice, ‘®eparations programmes seek to address systemic violations of human rights by providing a range of material and symbolic benefits to victims.’ Reparations can provide an important acknowledgement of a wrong inflicted upon victims, a reassertion of the rights of the individual victim, and practical means to redress the impact of the crime to the extent possible.
Victims of conflict-related sexual violence are invariably amongst those most in need of measures to redress the consequences of the harm suffered. The physical and mental impact of the original violation is aggravated by the stigma attached to it. Victims may be rejected from their families or communities, left without a social support system and vulnerable to extreme poverty. They may be suffering trauma, have violation-related medical needs such as treatment for sexual diseases or fistula surgery, or may be pregnant or raising a child as a result of the rape. The violation itself leads to specific harms that are different from the consequences of other gross violations of human rights.
Practice in delivering reparations for conflict-related sexual violence however is nascent and uneven. Challenges of confidentiality in identification and receipt of reparations, different evidentiary standards, and different needs for ‘repair’ are just some of the ways in which reparations for sexual violence requires specific and unique guidance.
Reparations are a legal obligation incumbent on the responsible individual or State. The study will also analyze the role of other actors, including the international community, in supporting the fulfillment of this right. The review of roles and responsibilities will include the issue of resourcing of reparations programmes, a critical area which leads to the non-implementation or failure of reparations programmes to have the justice and recovery impact intended.
a) The Consultant will prepare a written report setting out the findings of the Commissioned Study and will supply the report to UN Women and OHCHR. The draft of this Report will be presented to UN Women and OHCHR 45 days from the start of this contract. UN Women and OHCHR will provide comments and feedback to the Consultant. The consultant will then integrate that feedback and present the final Report to UN Women and OHCHR. In preparation of the Report, the Consultant will submit an annotated outline to UN Women and OHCHR for comments within 15 days from the start of the contract.
Remuneration will be determined commensurate with the Consultant’s level of experience.
Academic background: Advanced University degree (Masters Level) in law preferred. Candidates with an advanced degree in social sciences, political science/ international affairs (i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies) or a related technical field, with specific expertise in human rights, transitional justice, and reparations may be considered.
Technical expertise: Knowledge of international human rights law, rule of law programming, including transitional justice notably in post-conflict contexts. Knowledge of mechanisms for preventing SGBV through rule of law responses. Experience in providing technical advice/capacity building on rule of law issues.
Work experience: Minimum 10 years’ experience in the one of these fields: Rule of Law/human rights, transitional justice.
Skills necessary: Excellent legal analysis. Excellent writing and communication skills.
Languages: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages will be considered an asset
Interested candidates should send a copy of their Curriculum Vitae and covering letter to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2010
JPO Vacancy Announcement
Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2011
“The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is now recruiting qualified U.S. citizen candidates to fill the following UNHCR JPO vacancies:
Associate Protection Officer – Bangui, Central African Republic
Associate Protection Officer — Bangkok, Thailand
The terms of reference for these posts may also be accessed via the JPO Vacancies page on the PRM website at: http://www.state.gov/g/prm/110897.htm” Please remember that applicants are required to apply by the posted deadline for each open position in which they are interested. Candidates may apply for more than one JPO position at a time but must submit a separate application for each post for which they wish to be considered. Applicants must submit a completed United Nations Personal History form (UN P-11) via email to JPOCoordinator@state.gov by the deadline noted. Please specify the position for which you are applying in the Subject line of the email (i.e. Associate Protection Officer – Kabul, AFGHANISTAN). Specific details about PRM’s JPO application and selection processes, including a link to the United Nations Personal History form required to apply, are available on the PRM website at http://www.state.gov/g/prm/c25774.htm. As a reminder, only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for PRM-sponsored JPO openings.
On behalf of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya (TJRC), HURIDOCS is seeking a seeking highly motivated individual with proven team management abilities and data analysis skills to manage the transfer of information from over 20’000+ statements collected by the TJRC staff into a structured database.
This is an international posting of 12 months, but restricted to applicants from Africa. The successful applicant will be based at the TJRC’s headquarters in Nairobi and report directly to the Commissioners.
When applying, please indicate when you can be available to start work. Priority will be given to candidates who are available at short notice.
Qualified and interested persons should send an application letter as soon as possible, with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees, by email to Daniel D’Esposito, HURIDOCS Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Responsible for managing the coding and data entry of 20,000+ statements collected by the Kenyan Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission involving:
Oversight of 30 coders and data entry personnel.
Management of the standardized coding process including weekly inter-rater reliability testing and determinations in ambiguous cases.
Management of the data entry process including dual data entry for random subset of statements and/or other methods for testing data quality.
Editing of database for out-of-scope values.
Database management experience, excellent computer skills including proficiency in Excel (pivot tables and statistical graphics), data analysis experience, good written and oral communication skills. Proven managerial ability to lead and motivate a team of 30 persons and meet performance targets in terms of quality and time. Very high aptitude for precision to ensure consistent and high quality data entry. B.A. or B.S. with major in social sciences, statistics, or computer science required; M.A. or M.S. a plus. Experience with human rights-related data a plus.
More information is available on the TJRC’s website at http://www.tjrckenya.org/
OHCHR Minorities Fellowships
Posted on April 5, 2011 by admin
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a call for applications for (i) a Senior minorities fellow and (ii) Arabic language minorities fellows. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2011.
Senior fellowship provides an opportunity for a member of a minority with to work with OHCHR from 2 October to 16 December 2011, and the Arabic fellowship programme will take place from 14 November to 16 December 2011, giving five (5) fellows the opportunity to learn more about the promotion and protection of minority rights, OHCHR, and the UN system as well give them an opportunity to attend the 4th session of the Forum on Minority Issues.
The call for applications for the senior minority fellowship position is published on the Minorities Fellowship webpagehttp://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/fellowprog.htm, the word document can also be accessed through: http://tiny.cc/OHCHR-seniorfellow.
Just Detention International (JDI)
“JDI is launching a nationwide search for a Deputy Executive Director to lead the organization’s Washington, DC office. It is looking for a creative, strategic, and bold leader; someone passionate about ending sexual abuse in detention and committed to protecting the human rights of all people. This is a new position.
Requirements: "Advanced degree in law, public policy, or related field.
Minimum seven years of professional experience in one or more of the areas of human rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, prisoner rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual violence eradication, public health policy, or similar public interest field.
Passionate commitment to protecting the human rights of all people.
Comfort addressing sexual violence issues.
Ability to work sensitively with survivors of trauma.
Proven ability to advance organizational positions authoritatively.
Experience analyzing legislative and policy proposals.
Outstanding political skills, judgment, and credibility with peer organizations.
Creativity; visionary and strategic thinking; willingness to take calculated risks.
Daily problem solving skills; ability to act authoritatively and resolutely.
Consensus-building skills; ability to work well with other organizations and governmental entities, large and small.
Demonstrated personnel management and supervisory skills.
Capacity to manage institutional growth and change.
Private donor and/or foundation fundraising experience.
Ability to work effectively with people with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences.
“Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a brief writing sample (five-page maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. All applications will be kept strictly confidential.
The Public Interest Network Internet Organizer: Based in Denver, CO
he Public Interest Network is currently hiring for an Internet Organizer who works directly with Environment America. The Online Organizer is responsible for designing and executing state and local online campaigns to build Environment America’s activist base, raise funds, and maximize our political effectiveness. Responsibilities include: develop state and local online campaigns, developing, writing, and editing emails to members, developing and executing fundraising appeals, tracking and reporting the outcomes of online and training and supporting field staff on technology and software. Experience with social networking, new media and internet strategy, strong analytical and organizational skills, including attention to detail. Top notch writing and editing skills, proven ability to think creatively and get results. Find out more at www.publicinterestnetwork.org.
HURIDOCS, Vacancy for Technical Project Manager (former USSR Region)
(2 years with possibility of extension)
(Washington, DC Office)
Deadline for applications: April 21, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Advocacy Director with its Asia Division.
Description: The Advocacy Director will be based in HRW’s Washington, DC, office and will work with staff from HRW’s Asia Division and its thematic divisions (women’s rights, children’s rights, international justice, refugees, etc.) to design and implement strategies to promote and protect human rights in Asia. Principal advocacy targets include abusive governments, institutions, or actors, and influential governments and international actors such as the United States, United Nations, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Union, and others. The Advocacy Director will meet regularly with policymakers, present the research and recommendations of the Asia Division in public fora, monitor legislative and policy developments, write opinion pieces for publication, speak on behalf of the division to the media and general public, and work with human rights organizations in Asia and elsewhere. This is an initial two-year appointment, with the possibility of extension.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, creative, self-motivated, strategic and original thinker with senior level advocacy experience and a demonstrated commitment to human rights. Direct experience in nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations or governments working to influence policy on human rights is required. The ideal candidate will possess fluent oral and written communication skills in English (and preferably one other language), proven initiative and follow-through, and the ability to work well under pressure and as a member of a team. An advanced degree in human rights, international relations, law, or a related field in history or the social sciences is desirable.
Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, names or letters of reference, salary history and requirements, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than April 21, 2011 to email@example.com. Please use “Advocacy Director REF: ASIA-11-1014-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Advocacy Director REF: ASIA-11-1014-B)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Fax: (212) 736-1300
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, Executive Director
“The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program has an immediate opening for the position of Executive Director. This position provides leadership, management and vision for a multi-faceted pro bono program that delivers civil legal services to thousands of individuals and community-based nonprofits each year.
The Pro Bono Program Executive Director is a member of the bar’s Executive Team and reports to the bar’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who serves as the program’s Executive Vice President. " "Law degree from an accredited law school and either active membership in the D.C. Bar or eligibility and willingness to become an active member; familiarity with D.C. law and practice preferred. Ten to 15 years relevant work experience, with substantial experience in a legal service organization, as a public interest or pro bono attorney, preferably in nonprofit management; experience with volunteer management highly preferred.
· Five to 7 years direct supervisory experience, with a proven track record of developing a motivated, productive and results-oriented staff.
· An established record of successful leadership and program operation.
· Ability to articulate a clear vision for program direction in line with the organization’s strategic vision and to identify and implement long and short term goals.
· Ability to identify and implement creative and effective fundraising strategies.
· Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and communications skills. " Along with the Pro Bono Committee, the executive director leads the Pro Bono Program in accordance with the bar’s strategic plan and the highest standards for the delivery of civil legal services. Key responsibilities include: Providing day-to-day leadership of the program’s staff; Coordinating and regularly evaluating the program’s activities; Directing outreach efforts to draw lawyers into pro bono work; Managing the development and implementation of annual plans and priorities; Managing the development of an annual budget and diverse fundraising plan, and managing the program to accomplish goals within available resources; Representing the program to outside organizations and the media; and Advising the CEO on organizational and strategic issues and helping develop bar policies and procedures. Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in one document to: https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=556705. Under the bar’s compensation structure, this position is in the Legal Family and at the Director Level. Salary is commensurate with experience. This is an exempt position. The D.C. Bar offers an excellent benefits package. February 25th, 2011.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU/SC)
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU/SC) seeks an attorney to protect and defend the civil liberties/civil rights of residents living in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The attorney will be assigned to the ACLU/SC Orange County office and will work with other staff at ACLU/SC headquarters in Los Angeles, as well as ACLU/SC coalition partners in Orange County and the Inland Empire. “The ideal candidate must be experienced with and passionate about defending the rights of underrepresented communities, including the immigrant community, with a demonstrated ability to work independently and creatively.
Other qualifications include:
• Strong leadership skills; must be able to work independently and as part of a team;
• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
• Experience working collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals: attorneys, activists, politicians, police officials, etc.
• Energy, enthusiasm, creativity;
• Work demands may require travel, working evenings, weekends and holidays;
• Bilingual or multilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese or Korean a plus;
• Other duties may be assigned as needed.” The attorney will provide technical support and strategic leadership to advocates and organizers in the region, plan and implement community education events, trainings for activists and organizers, and outreach to public officials. In addition, the attorney will investigate and uncover abuses to civil rights/civil liberties and bring individual, class and taxpayer actions on these issues raising constitutional and civil rights claims, and will be asked to litigate in immigration court, state court, and federal court, at both the trial and appellate levels, through direct representation and the filing of amicus briefs. “TO APPLY:
Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
Belinda Escobosa Helzer
ACLU of Southern California
2140 West Chapman Ave., Suite 209
Orange, CA 92868.
Fax: (714) 450-3969.
NO CALLS, PLEASE.” This position is full-time with compensation to be determined based on experience. Excellent benefit package, which includes health, dental, and life insurance plans, as well as ample vacation and sick leave policies. This position is a one-year job assignment. ACLU/SC will pursue funding to continue the position, however, the job is currently funded for one-year only.
Director, UCDC Law Program
April 29, 2011.
“The UCDC Law Program is a Washington, D.C.-based externship program providing oversight to students from four UC law schools: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA. Students apply for the fall or spring semester and participate full-time in government and non-profit agencies while taking a companion seminar that examines the role of lawyers in creating, influencing, and performing federal law and policy.
The Director plays a central role in the strategic development, administration and implementation of the UCDC Law Program in collaboration with the participating UC Law School campuses. The Director will have teaching responsibilities for the required companion seminar.
This is a two-year renewable contract position at 100% time, located in Washington, D.C., with a start date of July 1, 2011.
Please go to http://www.law.berkeley.edu/1510.htm to view the full job description as well as the requirements and qualifications for the position.
" "Early applications are strongly encouraged (no phone calls, please). Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references via email (preferable) to:
Sheri Showalter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director, Human Resources
Room 315 Boalt Hall
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
Applications must be received no later than April 29, 2011. Inquiries may be addressed to HR Director Showalter at email@example.com.
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW is seeking a full-time Clinical Professor (rank subject to experience) to establish and run a clinical. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Immigration, Veterans Affairs. Clinics occupy a beautiful new building. Valparaiso University is one of the highest ranked universities of its type in the region and is located in a charming college town near the shores of Lake Michigan; it is only fifty miles from downtown Chicago. The city has excellent schools and affordable housing. The university is an equal opportunity employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply for the the position. Please contact Professor Bernard Trujillo at Valparaiso University School of Law, 656 Greenwich Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 or bernard.trujillo@gmailcom February 4th, 2011.
Full-Time Position Available:
COORDINATOR, DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS
Development and Outreach Department
Deadline for applications: April 18, 2011
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Coordinator of Development Operations to provide operational and technical support to its Development and Outreach Department.
Description: The Coordinator will coordinate donation processing systems for the Development department’s fundraising operations currently with regard to Europe and Asia. S/he will supervise gift entry and acknowledgments and utilize HRW’s online giving systems, powered by Kintera. The position is based in HRW’s Berlin office and reports to the Director of Development Operations in New York.
The general job duties of this position include, but are not limited to: supervising the gift entry and acknowledgment processes; working with outside vendors and other development staff; using HRW’s online donation pages and generating gift reports for city development directors; providing Raiser’s Edge data-entry/training/support/reports, primarily for HRW’s offices in Europe and Asia; interacting with development and finance staff and managing data-related initiatives and projects, including cleanup and data-reporting; coordinating with development and legal department staff on donor data privacy requirements; and performing other tasks as assigned.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a creative problem-solver and a strategic and organized thinker with a minimum of two years of experience working in an operational or technical support role. S/he will have advanced knowledge of online fundraising software and database systems, preferably Kintera and Raiser’s Edge; experience working with vendors and colleagues in remote offices; expertise in database queries, import/export and reporting functions; full working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, mail merges and other standard software applications; strong written and verbal skills in English and German; and excellent time-management and prioritization abilities. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, attentive to detail and able to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously. Knowledge of oral and written French is a plus. Applicants for this position must possess current EU work authorizatin for a minimum of two years from the start date.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Human Rights Watch offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits.
PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission: a letter of interest, resume, names or letters of reference, salary requirements, and a brief, unedited writing sample no later than April 18, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Coordinator Dev Operations Ref DEV-11-1013-B” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post and/or fax) to:
Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Coordinator Dev Operations Ref DEV-11-1013-B)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118
Fax: (212) 736-1300
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law rolling basis, The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is seeking three attorneys to work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.
The Program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich and energetic democracy. We are looking to hire three attorneys, with experience ranging from two years of legal experience and up. For one position, we prefer a candidate with six or more years of litigation experience. The ideal candidates will have a J.D.; several years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any) in the private sector, government, academia, or policy advocacy; and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Excellent writing skills (for a variety of audiences, including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public), as well as excellent analytic, strategic, and research skills; creativity, versatility, and flexibility; organizational skills; and the ability to deal with diverse clients and allies and to coordinate work effectively with other entities will be required. Demonstrated commitment to the public interest field a real plus. These positions may focus on voting rights and election reform (including practices likely to suppress the vote and have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); money in politics, including managing current constitutional litigation defending state and federal campaign finance reforms; integrity of the judicial system; and/or redistricting. Ideally, the positions will commence in June 2011 or soon afterward. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit http://brennancenter.theresumator.com/apply/u0zDNq/Counsel-Democracy-Program.html?source=formerstaff . Please upload (where it says “attach resume”) as one document the following application materials: cover letter, resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: email@example.com with “Democracy Attorney” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. March 18th
Children’s Rights, the national children’s civil rights organization, is expanding its litigation program and has added a position for a senior level attorney. We seek an experienced litigator who is interested in playing a key role in the organization’s growth and development, and who can design and lead class action litigation across the country to reform the way abused and neglected children are being treated in states’ child welfare systems. We are seeking an attorney with at least ten years active litigation experience to lead Children’s Rights legal teams, often in conjunction with pro bono counsel from major law firms, to supervise and mentor and train less experienced staff attorneys on the teams, and to work with experts and local advocates. This attorney should have excellent litigation skills and strategic judgment, and be interested in the broader aspects of systemic reform and its policy implications. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in complex class action litigation and with federal court experience. Knowledge of children’s issues or social services systems is a plus, but is not required. Travel is required. " Complex motion practice is involved, as is extensive negotiation with defendants, usually in the context of settlement and enforcement activities. Although the cases are legally challenging, we have an excellent track record, and have developed much of the major law in the area. Once we obtain a court order mandating reform, we are closely involved in monitoring the implementation of the order, work collaboratively with defendants whenever possible to identify operational barriers to implementation, and return to court for further court orders if necessary to ensure implementation.
" "Please submit a cover letter stating reason for interest, resume, and one recent writing sample (preferably including discussion of a constitutional, federal court, or complex issue) via email to HR@childrensrights.org and include “ Senior Attorney” in the subject line or via mail to:
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Attn: HR/Senior Attorney
" Children’s Rights has recently upgraded attorney salaries to be competitive with the top range of public interest organizations. Salary is commensurate with experience and Children’s Rights provides an excellent benefit package 11-Mar-11
Hughes Consultants, LLC Our client is currently seeking an experienced and dedicated attorney to work collaboratively with the staff on multiple initiatives "At least 3-5 years experience litigating civil rights actions in federal district court (or comparable legal experience); Experience with advocacy campaigns aimed at reforming school discipline and/or juvenile justice practices; Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing litigation strategies;
Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice; Strong writing and communication skills
" "Litigating education cases in federal district court throughout the Deep South;
Managing the legal work of law fellows and staff attorneys; Manage the day-to-day operations of an office of approximately 10 people; Supervising outreach activities related to litigation ; Developing new education cases throughout the region; Communicating regularly with staff across the southern region about the litigation docket; Representing in various forums, including before community groups, legislators and state agencies; Representing individual youth before school boards or in delinquency proceedings in strategically selected cases
" Resumes may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Area Legal Aid Attorney
Bay Area Legal Aid is the largest legal services provider in the San Francisco Bay Area. We serve clients in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. We represent clients who have legal problems related to housing, family law, domestic violence, access to healthcare, and public benefits. Our staff attorneys represent clients in state and federal court and in administrative hearings. We provide legal counsel, advice, and other civil legal assistance to eligible low-income clients and client groups. We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy. We seek a candidate with excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Licensed attorneys and law school graduates are encouraged to apply. The Legal Advice Line advocates and attorneys work cooperatively as part of a close knit team. Having strong organizational and computer skills, and an ability to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing and high pressure environment is critical. The successful candidate must have the ability to successfully communicate with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Bilingual fluency skills are required in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese or Spanish. We are seeking an Attorney for our Legal Advice Line which is located in Oakland, California. This person will be part of a team which provides counsel and advice to eligible clients primarily in the areas of housing, family law/domestic violence, access to health care and public benefits, and the transition from welfare to employment. Please send a cover letter, resume, list of references: Human Resources Department, Bay Area Legal Aid, 1735 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, California 94612; Fax (510) 663-4711; email@example.com. Be sure to refer to the “Legal Advice Line” position. Compensation is based upon experience. Bay Area Legal Aid provides a generous benefits package that includes: medical and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts for transportation, medical and dependent care; law school loan repayment assistance; bilingual stipend; retirement account, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.
U.S. PIRG Democracy Advocate: Based in Washington, DC
Money plays far too great a role in American elections, from the municipal level all the way up to the U.S. Presidency. Large contributions from a few groups, corporations and individuals unduly influence who wins elections and reduces the role of ordinary voters. The Democracy Advocate will fight to level the electoral playing field and promote a fair and health democracy in America. The advocate’s responsibilities include: advocacy, policy development, campaign strategy, media outreach and organization building. Candidates should have at least 3 to 8 years of relevant professional experience, be goal-driven and results-oriented and have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills. Find out more at www.publicinterestnetwork.org. Find out more at www.publicinterestnetwork.org.
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
Policy Counsel [WLOU-49] Washington Legislative Office, D.C." The ACLU Washington Legislative Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates on state legislatures. The Policy Counsel will work under the supervision of the Senior Policy Counsel, as well as the WLO Chief of Staff/First Amendment Counsel and the Director of the Washington Legislative Office, and will work on a wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues. "Applicants must possess the following:
· A J.D. degree or other advanced degree.
· Minimum of two (2) years of law-related work experience required.
· Strong working knowledge of constitutional issues, the legislative, regulatory, and policy-making processes and other issues involving civil liberties and civil rights.
· Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
· Excellent research skills and strong analytic capabilities, demonstrated ability to analyze legislative and administrative policy.
· Ability to work independently, as well as within a team.
· Willingness and ability to draft a considerable volume of documents under significant time pressure, under their own signature and for the signature of ACLU officials and representatives.
· Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to civil liberties, civil rights and constitutional law.
· Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. " "If you are a proactive and resourceful team player, please send a letter of interest and a current resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org – reference [WLOU-49] in the subject line – or by mail to:
RE:Policy Counsel [WLOU-49]
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this job posting.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. " The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
The American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Moratorium Project (the Project) Open Until Filled The American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Moratorium Project (the Project) is seeking a full time Project Attorney to support the Project’s overall mission to implement the ABA’s 1997 resolution in support of a nationwide halt on executions. The Project Attorney will be primarily responsible for researching and drafting sections of the State Assessments. This will include: 1) legal and factual research on state death penalty systems, 2) drafting and editing specific chapters of the reports, 3) attending meetings with state-based legal professionals, lawmakers and policy analysts, and 4) assisting in the final production and release of the Assessment Reports. The Project Attorney will be primarily responsible for researching and drafting sections of the State Assessments. This will include: 1) legal and factual research on state death penalty systems, 2) drafting and editing specific chapters of the reports, 3) attending meetings with state-based legal professionals, lawmakers and policy analysts, and 4) assisting in the final production and release of the Assessment Reports. Please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (3-5 pages in length), and three references to email@example.com. Or at: http://new.abanet.org/hr/default.aspx?gnav=global_about_employmentopps Low 50s and an excellent benefits package. This is a grant-funded position and there is therefore no negotiable salary available.
“ABA Rule of Law Initiative
Criminal Law Legal Specialist
Moldova (Chisinau)” The ABA Rule of Law initiative currently seeks a Pro Bono Criminal Law Legal Specialist for its programs in Moldova. The Criminal Law Legal Specialist will work in the Moldova office to implement training and other activities associated with ongoing justice sector reform efforts. The position will focus on training criminal defense lawyers in adversarial skills, due process, and the interplay between those issues as well as national and international human rights standards. The Legal Specialist may also focus on issues such as defense bar development, legislative reform, anti-trafficking, anti-corruption and election-related issues. The ideal candidate must have a JD or equivalent and at least seven to ten years of relevant criminal law experience, with significant supervisory experience managing staff and general office functions. Prior international experience and Russian language skills are desirable, but not required Specific duties may include: analyzing and commenting on existing and draft laws, assisting in organizing and conducting working groups, roundtables, and training seminars; assisting in program design, monitoring, and evaluation; donor report writing and programmatic record keeping; some financial and/or budgetary oversight. The Legal Specialist will work with ABA resident staff attorneys in Moldova and will communicate on a regular basis with relevant government institutions, local legal organizations and international NGOs. TO APPLY: To apply for the International Pro Bono Legal Specialist Program please visit http://www.abanet.org/rol/opportunities/applywithus.shtml to fill out the Online Participant Registration Form. Please also be prepared to upload your resume. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2011 Schulte Roth & Zabel and Debevoise & Plimpton Academic Year Fellowships
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a non-profit civil rights law firm,
is accepting applications for two distinguished fellowships sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel and Debevoise & Plimpton. The Fellows will contribute to social justice work at NYLPI during the 2011-2012 school year.
" NYLPI seeks a highly accomplished, progressive, community-minded law student with excellent legal research and writing skills to advance the goals of our programs. The Fellows will be required to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours per week for the 2011-2012 school year and will each receive a stipend of $2,000 per semester. The positions are open to both 2Ls and 3Ls. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample, and three references with daytime telephone numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2011. March 11th, 2011
Korematsu Clinical Teaching Fellow
“The Korematsu Center will begin reviewing applications as it receives them. Applications received by
February 1, 2011, will receive priority consideration. The position will close when it is filled.” “Seattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for our Korematsu Clinical Teaching
Fellow in our Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. This
fellowship is a two year appointment starting Fall 2011. For more information about Seattle University’s Korematsu Center, please visit
or contact Professor Robert Chang at email@example.com.” "Consistent with the vision of the Korematsu Center and the goals of this fellowship, Seattle University is
seeking candidates with a strong academic record, a demonstrated commitment to social justice, and
strong potential for scholarship and teaching.
This position requires a JD degree, active bar membership, as well as significant appellate litigation
A clerkship and teaching experience are highly desirable. "
“Individuals interested in the position should apply online at: https://jobs.seattleu.edu with a letter of
interest, a resume or vitae, a writing sample, a detailed scholarly agenda, and the names and contact
information for three references. References should be able to comment on candidate’s appellate
litigation experience and/or scholarly potential. Inquiries may be directed to the search committee
chair, Professor Robert Chang, at firstname.lastname@example.org " "Compensation for the academic appointment is an annual stipend of $50,000 and includes the
University employee benefits package. Funding is also available for academic research and scholarly
“Community Justice Project, Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Social Justice Fellowship Program – Summer 2011
*Miami, Florida *” “This fellowship program is designed to train the next generation of social
justice, civil rights, and movement lawyers. Specifically, our program is
for talented and committed law students who want to learn about community
lawyering and gain experience representing community organizations and other
organized groups fighting for racial and economic justice. Fellows gain
practical litigation experience and also sharpen their theoretical
understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and
lawyering.” " First or second year law student;
· Excellent legal research and oral/written communication skills;
· Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to community
organizing and social justice;
· Knowledge of issues affecting low-income communities of color and
related to social justice, including (but not limited to) affordable
housing, gentrification, workers rights, criminal justice, urban planning
and land use;
· Spanish or Kreyol language ability a plus.
" “Fellows work under the direct supervision of CJP attorneys and
are given high-quality assignments and feedback. Fellows also participate in
a weekly educational seminar. Topics range from litigation skills, theories
of social change, and guest lectures by noted local organizers & activists.
Fellows’ responsibilities include: legal research & writing for litigation,
factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy research, and
participation in client and community meetings.
*Fellowship Program Dates: *The internship will begin in late May or early
June of 2011. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week, with
flexible hours, for a minimum of ten weeks.” "*Application Process Details: *Applications will be accepted on a rolling
basis after January 1, 2011. Please submit your resume, cover letter, 2
references and a writing sample by email to Gloria Louis at
email@example.com. All application materials must be compiled and sent
together as one PDF attachment. Please put “2011 Social Justice Summer
Fellowship Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Incomplete
materials or improperly formatted materials will not be considered. After
receipt of application materials, interviews will be offered to suitable
applicants and may be conducted in person or over the phone.
ESRC White Rose Network studentships in International Development: Transformative Justice
1+3/+3 Studentships Transformative Justice
3 fully-funded linked studentships are available in the area of Transformative Justice, with joint supervision between the Universities of York, Sheffield and Leeds
Studentship 1: Repairing Political, Judicial and Security Institutions after Traumatic Pasts
Studentship 2: NGOs as Drivers of Change: Non Governmental Public Action for Transformative Justice
Studentship 3: Structural and Everyday Violence and the Challenges of Transformative Justice
`Transitional´ justice mechanisms have been introduced across much of the Global South as a response to conflict. They promise accountability and redress for victims of violence. Their impact, however, has been disappointing. Lasting conflict resolution requires deeper reforms based on `transformative´ justice, or the introduction of policies that target the structural inequalities and state biases and/or fragilities. Though not entirely a new concept, transformative justice is currently inadequately theorised and insufficiently analysed, empirically and comparatively. This network will extend academic understanding of transformative justice in 3 areas, namely, the challenge of building institutions to promote justice; non-governmental actors as drivers of transformative change; and the interconnections between ongoing structural and everyday violence that prevent just social and political settlements. Cases will be drawn from Latin America and Africa, with cross-regional comparison as an explicit aim of the network.
Please note that the deadline for this funding is 28 April 2011.
Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS Human Rights Education (Start: January 2012)
Human rights are the fundament of a peaceful coexistence of a society. But only when women and men know about their human rights, they can claim them for themselves and – in solidarity – for others (“empowerment”). Human rights education is taking place in different contexts (formal, non-formal,…). To close the global gap in further training opportunities in human rights education, the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ) starts an international further training “Certificate of Advanced Studies in Human Rights Education” in January 2012. The practice-oriented CAS “Human Rights Education” aims to qualify the participants for a role as trainers and multipliers of human rights education for their specific context.
The participants will achieve an internationally recognized Certificate of Advanced Studies PHZ in Human Rights Education.
Alumni of the CAS “Human Rights Education” will be able to fulfill pedagogical functions in different professional contexts:
School Context (formal human rights education):
- Teachers of all levels (e. g. with a coordinating role for transversal topics)
- Professors/Lecturers of Universities of Teacher Education/Teacher Colleges
Non-School Context (nonformal human rights education):
- Employees of state and civil society institutions and organizations (e.g. members’ support)
- Employees of the human resources development of a company.
In the formal context you can be responsible for this transversal topic.
In the nonformal context you can be responsible in state and non-governmental organizations and corporations for human rights education enhancing the “mainstreaming of human rights”, the awareness-building for human rights challenges and for the potential of “empowerment”.
The participants will learn to use specific methods, materials and instruments of human rights education. In dialogue with the faculty of the CAS “Human Rights Education” (international experts in the practice of human rights education), the participants will achieve specific additional competencies in human rights education to be able to be a trainer and a multiplier of human rights education in their individual context (formal or nonformal) and to consult others within their professional context in the field of human rights education.
The CAS “Human Rights Education” will be bilingual in English and German.
Start: January 2012
Duration: 10 Credit Points of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (internationally recognized); this corresponds to a workload of 300 hours (incl. presence units, eLearning units, conference modules, study visits, preparation, postprocessing, private study, CAS thesis).
The presence units of the CAS “Human Rights Education” take place in Lucerne (Switzerland) (two hours train ride from Strasbourg (European Court of Human Rights) and 3 hours train ride from Geneva (UN)).
The participation in the CAS “Human Rights Education” can be extra-occupational. The presence units take place in compact blocks respectively in block weeks.
January – December 2012
Dr. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, Co-Director of the Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB) of the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Lucerne
Thomas Kirchschlaeger, lic. iur., Lawyer, Co-Director of the Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB) of the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Lucerne
Application Deadline: September 30, 2011
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing to inform you about the summer legal internship program at ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Migration & Asylum open to your students. ORAM is a California-based non-profit organization with a mission to advocate for refugees fleeing sexual or gender based persecution. ORAM conducts international education and advocacy on behalf of these highly vulnerable individuals. It also provides legal counseling and representation as these persons struggle to find security and safe haven. We work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other non-governmental organizations and community-based groups in the U.S. and abroad to achieve our mission.
ORAM has an exceptional internship program, providing educational opportunities for students interested in international refugee and human rights law. This summer we are seeking highly qualified and dedicated interns to perform research and writing on a variety of legal issues related to refugee status eligibility, asylum, and protection for persons fleeing persecution based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The internship will be located in our San Francisco office and will run from June 13th through August 19th. I am attaching a more detailed description about the internship opportunities available for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls.
As the legal education and internship coordinator, I would be delighted if you could forward information about our internship program on to your students. If you or your students would like more information, please feel free to contact me at 415-399-1701 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Additional information about our other internship and externship opportunities can be found at http://www.orami-nternational.org/internship-opportunities.html
Legal Education and Volunteer Coordinator
ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration
39 Drumm Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Tel: +1 415 3991701| Fax: + 1 415 373 9191| www.oraminternational.org
Transitional Justice Institute
University of Ulster, SUMMER SCHOOL ON TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, 2011
The TJI Summer School on Transitional Justice will take place from 13 to 17 June 2011 at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in Derry/Londonderry. The Summer School provides a dynamic context for the exchange of views and experiences between academics, practitioners and students. It is a week long residential course, consisting of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions on key aspects of transitional justice.
This year we are offering two courses: Gender, Conflict and Transition and Holding the State to Account: The Role of Public Inquiry.
Further information on the programme, speakers, application details and bursaries are available on the Summer School webpage.
HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS
Human Rights and Technology Conference, Berkeley, April 26th and 27th, 2011 at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.
Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón brings case to Europe challenging his own prosecution in Spain for authorising probe into Franco era crimes
" Case at the heart of independence of judges and the rule of law filed at European Court
On 24 March 2011 Judge Garzón filed a case to the European Court of Human Rights challenging the lawfulness of his prosecution in Spain for having opened an investigation into crimes committed during the Franco era, following a request by families and representatives of victims of the regime. Judge Garzón is represented by INTERIGHTS, an international human rights organisation specialising in litigation.
From human rights defender to criminal defendant
In 2006, in line with his role as one of six investigating judges at Spain’s National Court, Judge Garzón took preliminary investigative steps into the victim’s families’ allegations to ascertain whether a prosecution would be correct. His analysis of Spanish law, as well as the body of developed international law in this area, led him to determine that Spain’s 1977 law which affords amnesty for Franco-era crimes did not preclude investigation of the serious crimes against humanity in question. As a result of this, in a move which turned him from human rights defender to criminal defendant, Judge Garzón was suspended from his role pending the outcome of a trial for alleged ‘abuse of power’. The date for such a trial has still not been set.
Judge Garzón’s case represents a threat to the independence of judges and to their role in ensuring accountability for alleged widespread and systematic crimes. In his case Judge Garzón alleges that the criminal case against him in Spain violates several of that country’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights. These include the obligation to protect judicial independence generally, including protecting judges from unfounded criminal prosecutions as exemplified by this case. Specifically, the prosecution of Judge Garzón violates the duty not to subject individuals to an inherently unfair criminal process, to only prosecute on the basis of clear criminal law, strictly applied, to respect private life and professional development and the right of judges to reasoned judicial decisions in the exercise of judicial functions.
A serious threat to judicial independence
Judge Garzón has been prosecuted under Spain’s ‘prevaricación’ (or ‘malfeasance’) law, which allows judges to be prosecuted for ‘unjust’ judgments. Normally the prosecution of judges under this law in Spain and the prosecution of judges generally in European States is highly exceptional. According to prior decisions of the Spanish courts, judges can only be prosecuted for ‘unjust’ decisions that are irrational, perverse or objectively unsustainable. There is no basis in Spanish or international law for a judge to be prosecuted for reasoned interpretations of the law. The prosecution of judges for their decisions, specifically for their interpretations of the law, rather than the appeal or review of those decisions within the normal legal framework, violates the fundamental principle of the independence of judges.
Helen Duffy, INTERIGHTS Litigation Director who is Garzón’s legal counsel before the European Court, said ‘Prosecuting a judge for reasoned, well substantiated judicial opinions, whether you agree with them or not, is anathema to justice. Judge Garzón is being punished for giving effect to Spain’s international obligations to investigate serious crimes and honouring the rights of victims. He is now himself the victim of an unjustifiable criminal prosecution, which has had a profound impact on his life. The potential chilling effect on other judges when they come to determine legally or politically controversial cases is obvious, and a serious threat to judicial independence and the rule of law.’
‘It is surprising that a country with a strong commitment to the rule of law, which emerged from dictatorship decades ago, should respond to a leading judge’s investigation of Franco era crimes in this way.’
One high level international legal opinion submitted to the Court supports the view that Judge Garzón’s decision was reasonable and in line with international law and the practice of other judges faced with similar cases. Another highlights the importance of judicial independence and the fact that the prosecution of a judge for his judicial decisions is at odds with this principle. There has been global public and expert reaction to the prosecution. Public demonstrations have taken place in 21 Spanish and seven foreign cities, including a demonstration in April last year in Madrid which attracted 60,000 people. Prominent human rights and international governmental organisations have also criticised the political attacks on Judge Garzón and it has not escaped notice that he is the first person in the dock in Spain in relation to the atrocities of the Franco regime. This case comes at a time when, as recently recognised by the UN Human Rights Council, judges are subject to increasingly frequent attacks on their independence and should be protected against harassment and retaliation for their work.
Helen Duffy said ‘The case now filed with the European Court of Human Rights seeks to vindicate Judge Garzón’s right as a judge to be able to discharge his duties without fear of prosecution, but it also has broader implications. Securing respect for international human rights depends on national judges being willing and able to enforce human rights standards on the national level, including on controversial and difficult questions such as accountability for crimes against humanity. Spain has in this instance failed to meet its obligation to protect a judge from spurious criminal processes."
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