On the Job!: International Humanitarian Law Fellowship with the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is pleased to accept applications for the 2016-2017 Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Legal Fellowship, with our International Humanitarian Law Unit.

The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

About the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Legal Fellowship

We are looking for a Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs; research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog; and compile updates on current IHL issues. Fellows will create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally. Fellows will also develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements; monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks; and gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with an IHL Legal Advisor to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

Skills and Qualifications

Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential; Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools; Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge; passion for international law issues and humanitarian values; Interest in educational development; Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure; Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

This position will begin September 1, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to ihlaw@redcross.org by July 1, 2016.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information about the International Humanitarian Law team’s mission, please see: http://www.redcross.org/humanityinwar.

 

On the Job! Max Planck Group Leader in Bogotá, Colombia (deadline May 15)

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) are looking to hire a Principal Investigator to lead a newly established Max Planck Tandem Group in Transformations of Public Law. Other than research, responsibilities include supervision of two doctoral students at Universidad de Los Andes. There is no mandatory teaching load.

The Group will be located in Bogotá, and the Leader will be expected to reside in that city. The initiative will provide funding for at least one extended research stay per year of the Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Additional information may be found here. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2016.

On the Job! Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of MN Law School

humanrightscentThe Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School is seeking an Executive Director. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.

The Executive Director will oversee administration and management of the Human Rights Center.  Responsibilities include fundraising and development, budget planning and oversight of sponsored projects, monitoring the progress of projects, grant writing, student mentoring, fostering collaborative opportunities; coordinating events and conference, writing and editing reports to funding agencies, supervision, and outreach. This is a full-time, mid-level position that requires a J.D., previous leadership and experience in human rights, international law or related fields. Salary: low 60’s.

The Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to professionals, students, and volunteers working to promote and protect human rights. The Human Rights Center was founded on December 10, 1988, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center works at the nexus of scholarship and practice in the human rights field, seeking to maximize the effectiveness of human rights advocates.

For a full description or to apply, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html and reference job #307634.

Seeking great administrators: Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk Int’l Law Center

sign2We’re looking for a couple great administrators.

Having just about completed physical renovation of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, an office suite at the University of Georgia School of Law, we’re now focusing on building staff. To be precise, we’re looking for an Executive Administrator (aka Administrative Manager I) and an Administrative Assistant (aka Administrative Specialist I).

Together, they’ll be responsible for office management (financial and otherwise), secretarial support for Center staff (including our Director of International Professional Education, our Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation, and our Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives, aka me), and support for an array of Center programs (LLMs, conferences, lectures, and events, study abroad, Global Externships, faculty exchanges, visiting scholars, professional trainings, and research projects).

To skim the job notices, see here and here. To apply, click here and follow registration/application instructions, inserting the posting numbers indicated on the prior document(s) in order to reach the precise vacancy of interest to you.

We’d like to fill these positions asap, so if you’re interested, don’t delay!

(And if you’d just like to keep apprised of our activities, please follow us at Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook) (Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

On the Job! American Red Cross hiring an IHL Legal Advisor

The American Red Cross (ARC) International Services Department (ISD) is hiring a Legal Advisor in the area of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Summary

The Legal Advisor will work as part of the IHL team where he/she will teach an IHL CLE/professional course; assist with research, writing and analysis on IHL and conflict-related issues; and will support the team in complementing and revising educational materials on IHL to highlight the contemporary relevancy of humanitarian issues. Knowledge of international humanitarian law required and a strong interest in international issues, public international law, human rights and international relations or related fields is essential. This position will report to the Director, International Humanitarian Law.

Responsibilities

• Lead NHQ hosting of the Clara Barton IHL Competition, conferences, meetings, webinars, as required
• Organize law school workshops in key regional cities/hubs with law school partners
• Conduct research on IHL and policy-related areas and draft memoranda on relevant issues of IHL as needed for program development
• Track and identify current events and relevance to IHL and prepare updates on developments in IHL
• Draft talking points, backgrounders, potential presentation material to support our IHL networks
• Develop supplemental materials for IHL teaching materials, presentations, other events
• Attend briefings/conferences on IHL-related issues and provide updates of key points to IHL team
• Develop and foster networks for possible partnerships with actors within legal community and external audiences (law schools, faculty, professional associations, etc.)
• Assist with content and messaging for social media tools
• Supervise IHL legal interns
• Support the IHL CLE/professional training courses, as needed
• Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=56011&CurrentPage=1.

On the Job! Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone Legal Officer (P-3), The Hague (deadline 17 May)

The vacancy for a RSCSL P-3 Legal Officer in The Hague has been recirculated. The deadline is now 17 May 2015.

ORGANISATIONAL SETTING

The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) is the successor Institution to the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) with the responsibility for discharging the judicial, legal and administrative obligations that remain after the closure of the SCSL.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direct supervision of the Registrar, and within limits of delegated authority, the Legal Officer will carry out the following functions:

  • Provide legal advice on matters relating to the exercise of the functions of the Registrar including (a) matters relating to suspects, accused and convicted persons; (b) matters relating to RSCSL proceedings (c) matters relating to witnesses and victims; (d) matters relating to host countries, other governments, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations; (e) matters relating to the press and public and (f) matters relating to agreements and contracts to which the Residual Special Court is a party.
  • Provide assistance with negotiations and drafting of bilateral agreements between the Residual Special Court and other entities.
  • Provide assistance with drafting and reviewing of amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence, the Rules of Detention, Practice Directions and other legal instruments applicable to the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone.
  • Draft written submissions and assist with the preparation of oral submissions before the RSCSL on matters relating to the Registrar’s functions.
  • Conduct research and draft legal and other correspondence and memoranda.
  • Monitor motions submitted by the parties, and decisions, orders and judgments rendered by the RSCSL

    in judicial or other proceedings before the Court.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Registrar.

    The post is located in The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. Staff members of The Residual Court will not serve as staff members of the United Nations. External appointments are limited to the Residual Special Court only. In accordance with Article 25 of the Statute of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone the working language will be English.

    1. Both internal and external applicants are requested to send a detailed curriculum vitae including date of birth, nationality, educational qualifications, a summary of professional skills and/or expertise, a summary of relevant work experience, publications written and languages spoken, and to complete a Residual Special Court Personal History Form available upon request from stanleyj@un.org (please type “Request for Personal History Form” in the subject heading).

    2. All Applications should be sent by mail to: Office Manager, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone Churchillplein 1, 2517 JW, The Hague Or by Email to: stanleyj@un.org

    3. Acknowledgement will be made only to shortlisted candidates

    For more information, please see http://www.rscsl.org/Vacancies/RSCSL-2015-002.pdf.

On the Job! Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law is seeking a Director. The Center strives to advance access to justice for children and families, through advocating for law reform and supporting court and legal practice improvement. The Center, established in 1978, is a program of the American Bar Association. As part of the preeminent national association of nearly 400,000 lawyers, judges, legal educators, and law students, the ABA provides the Center a unique platform to accomplish this mission.

JOB SUMMARY:

The position is responsible for the leadership and management of the Center. This includes leadership in identifying, establishing and implementing Center priorities, fund raising to sustain and grow the Center, supervising staff (14-18), conceptualizing and helping implement new projects, liaising with internal and external collaborators and entities, supporting ABA-wide initiatives and leadership, and speaking and writing on substantive legal matters involving children and the law. The Director is or will become a nationally recognized child law authority, representing both the Association and this specialized field of legal practice, and will possess a vision for, and demonstrated career commitment to, how the legal system interfaces with children and families.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support and strengthen fund raising initiatives, including for including grants, contracts, sponsorship and donations
  • Represent the Center at meetings and conferences, and collaborate with other organizations in the child welfare field, both governmental and non-governmental
  • Make substantive presentations at judicial and legal trainings and programs of allied professionals
  • Work to ensure grant funded activities achieve their goals and objectives and within budget and programmatic guidelines and authorities
  • Keep up to date on substantive law and policy developments related to children
  • Assist in development of law-related policies and best practices, many for consideration by the ABA House of Delegates to become ABA supported policies
  • Advocate, as appropriate, through training, writing, speaking, and providing technical assistance, for these policy reforms and best practices
  • Undertake publishable legal writing, especially on emerging child law-related issues
  • Integrate Center programs and activities within the larger ABA structure and networks
  • Liaise with other ABA departments, both substantive and administrative such as Human Resources, Financial Services, and General Counsel as well as ABA sections, divisions, and committees/commissions
  • Lead strategic planning and visioning for the Center’s future

    QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possession of a JD degree from an accredited law school and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in the field of child law related matters, especially child welfare
  • Experience in resource development and fund raising, program conception and supervision, project budgeting, personnel management , law and policy research and analysis, and legal training
  • Strong communication, public speaking, and organizational skills, ability to exercise independent judgment, and ability to work well with a variety of constituencies
  • Experience in a not-for-profit or volunteer member setting desirable

    All applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position please click here.

    The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association, please call 312-988-5188.

On the Job! Head of Rule of Law Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Hague Institute for Global Justice has a vacancy for Head of the Rule of Law Program. The Head will be responsible for the overall management, development and execution of the Rule of Law program.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

For more information, see the job posting here: http://thehagueinstituteforglobaljustice.org/cp/uploads/downloadsnieuws/20141211-Head-ROL-PROGRAM.pdf

On the Job! Senior Legal Officer, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (deadline April 17)

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is seeking candidates for a Senior Legal Officer position, to be based in their office in The Hague.

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for accountability for gender-based crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and domestic mechanisms including through the participation of women in peace building and formal peace negotiation processes. The organisation works with women most affected by each of the armed conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The organisation has extensive country-based programmes in collaboration with local and regional partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Libya along with ICC-related legal monitoring and advocacy programmes on the Central African Republic, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Mali. The organisation currently has offices in The Hague (the Netherlands) and Amolatar (Uganda). The Senior Legal Officer (SLO) post is located in The Hague Office. The organisation is seeking to appoint a highly experienced Senior Legal Officer (immediate appointment).  This is an international call for applications. More details about the organization can be found at http://www.iccwomen.org

Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully review the description of the position and the desired qualifications here: http://iccwomen.org/documents/Senior-Legal-Officer-2.pdf

The deadline for applications is 17 April 2015.

On the Job! CJA seeks Senior Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.  CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.
Overview
Reporting to the Legal Director, the Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney investigates and litigates impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Job duties include non-litigation advocacy involving community outreach, coalition building, writing and publishing reports, planning and participating in public meetings, legislative research and lobbying, and media interviews.
Applicants for the Senior Staff Attorney and Staff Attorney positions should have a minimum of five years of experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle human rights impact litigation. Senior Staff Attorney applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of CJA’s mission, require little direct supervision, and may have supervisory responsibility and other significant Legal Department responsibilities in addition to handling an individual docket of cases and investigations.
Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish, excellent project management skills, and a keen interest in CJA’s mission.

 

Primary Responsibilities
Investigation responsibilities include:  
• factual and legal research in the U.S. and abroad,
• developing contacts with survivor communities and human rights activists, and
• analyzing relevant political and legal issues in the home country to assess the viability and likely impact of potential cases.
Litigation responsibilities include: 
• legal research, litigation strategy, drafting legal documents, calendaring, representing clients in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, and organizing amicus strategies;
• keeping adequate files and completing reports;
• keeping current with developments in the fields of ATS and TVPA law, international criminal and humanitarian law, and related legal issues;
• assisting in securing pro bono co-counsel and expert witnesses;
• keeping clients informed on case development, acting as liaison between clients and the legal team, and assuring that clients’ interests are safeguarded and their needs, including for therapy and social services, are met.
Transitional Justice responsibilities may include providing expertise on witness preparation and testimony, the introduction of evidence, charging human rights crimes and other areas related to human rights prosecutions.
Policy responsibilities may include legislative drafting and analysis, preparing advocacy materials, liaising with congressional and executive branch staff, and organizing grassroots campaign strategies.
Development, Education, and Outreach responsibilities include:
• drafting and reviewing grant proposals and reports, participating in fundraising events and meeting with donors;
• reviewing fundraising, outreach and website materials regarding assigned cases to ensure accuracy; and
• engaging in education and outreach efforts to advance public awareness of CJA and its mission.
• Education duties may also include selection and supervision of legal interns.
Professional Qualifications:
• J.D. or equivalent;
• Membership in good standing with at least one State Bar;
• Fluency in spoken and written Spanish, strongly preferred;
• Superb legal research, writing and analytical skills;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability and willingness to travel in the United States and internationally;
• Demonstrated commitment to human rights;
• Knowledge of U.S. and international human rights litigation;
• Experience working directly with clients and/or non-governmental organizations;
• A high level of independence, initiative, creativity, and good judgment.

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