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.
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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On the Job! Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law with focus on gender, sexuality, and race studies, EUI (deadline 23 March)

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy,  is looking for candidates with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and experience in postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision, to fill a Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law. The Department of Law would particularly welcome candidates interested in theoretical dimensions of the field (which may include dimensions of gender, sexuality and race), as well as comparative, transnational and international dimensions. The chair is open to candidates at all levels of seniority.

The successful candidate is expected to commence on 1 September 2016. The contract is for five years, renewable for a further three years. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and takes into account the importance of balance in gender, geographical and minority representation.

Interested applicants should consult http://www.eui.eu/vacancies for further details.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 23 March 2015


Academic Service
Veerle Deckmyn, Director
Tel.: +39 055.4685.359
E-mail: applypro@eui.eu Internet: http://www.eui.eu

European University Institute Via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole ITALY

On the Job! Legal Officer, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, The Hague (deadline 8 March)

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 is seeking to appoint an experienced Legal Officer (immediate appointment). Applications close on Sunday, 8 March 2015. This is a full-time position based in The Hague Office. The Legal Officer will be part of a small, highly efficient and motivated team. More details about the organization can be found at http://www.iccwomen.org.

Duties and Responsibilities 

 Contribute to the development of strategic legal publications, including the Legal Eye on the ICC eletter, the organization’s annual, flagship publication Gender Report Card on the ICC, expert papers, articles and other legal material;

 Monitor and conduct in-depth research, written summaries and analysis regarding legal developments at the ICC in relation to proceedings, cases and decisions;

 Conduct legal research and analysis to contribute to the preparation of amicus briefs and other submissions;

 Contribute to communications, including the drafting of press statements, website postings and communication for social media;

 Participate in the development of campaigns, advocacy programmes and related strategies;

 Provide support for the organization’s country-based work;

 Contribute to the development and execution of strategic events;

 Contribute to funding applications and reports;

 Represent the Women’s Initiatives at external meetings, conferences and events.

The Legal Officer will report directly to the Senior Legal Officer.

Qualifications and Experience 

 Law degree;

 At least five years relevant professional experience in the field of international law;

 Expertise in international criminal law and familiarity with the International Criminal Court, including knowledge of the Rome Statute, Elements of Crimes and Rules of Procedure and Evidence;

 Experience working at either national or international level including within legal institutions/INGO/NGO sector;

 Proven track-record in legal analysis;

 Highly developed legal research, writing and editorial skills with experience in developing high quality material suitable for publication;

 Strong analytical skills and ability to absorb and analyse information quickly;

 Extremely attentive to accuracy and detail;

 Highly organized with demonstrated ability to work well under pressure regarding deadlines, workload and unexpected developments;

 Excellent communication abilities, including effective inter-personal skills and the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with a diverse range of colleagues, partners and allies;

 Ability to respond positively to feedback and direction;

 Highly advanced computer literacy skills, experience with social media also an asset;

 Ability, willingness and flexibility to travel and respond to a range of environments;

 Expertise in gender analysis and women’s rights strongly preferred.

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On the Job! Assistant Professor of International Law at Graduate Institute Geneva (deadline 15 Feb.)

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor in International Law (pdf) with a specialization in one of the following areas :

  • International Economic Law – trade law, investment law, intellectual property and/or financial regulation
  • Protection of Human Dignity – human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal law and/or transitional justice
  • International Environmental Law – climate change, energy law, and/or natural resources management
  • Transnational Law – transnational business transactions, commercial arbitration, alternative dispute settlement, transnational litigation

starting on 1 September 2015 or on a mutually agreed-upon date.

Candidates are expected to have an excellent background in international law and be prone to interdisciplinary dialogue.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree prior to the start of their contract.

All candidates must be able to supervise master’s and doctoral theses and to teach graduate students in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, including general courses in International Law and in their own area of specialization.

The teaching language is either English or French. Prior knowledge of French is not required, but the successful candidate is expected to acquire at least a passive knowledge of it within two years of being hired.

Applications, including a motivation letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and a list of publications –  but excluding letters of recommendation and publication samples – must reach the Director, preferably by email (director@graduateinstitute.ch, ref. LAW) or by post (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, P.O. Box 136, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland), by  15 February 2015.

Information on employment conditions can be obtained using the same contact details.

The Institute reserves the right to fill the post by invitation at any time.

For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the Institute’s website: http://graduateinstitute.ch/open_positions

On the Job! Attorney Advisor position at U.S. Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

The United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, an independent quasi-judicial agency in the U.S. government that determines the validity and monetary value of claims of U.S. nationals for losses caused by foreign governments, is searching for an attorney advisor. For more information on the position, visit  http://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/attorney-advisor-international.

On the Job! LSRJ Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (deadline 3 Nov.)

Applications for the Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) 2015-16 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) is now available.

RJ Federal Fellows will be placed at nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. to work to advance reproductive  justice through law and policy. RJ-HIV Fellows will be placed at SisterLove (Atlanta, GA) or Positive Women’s Network – USA (Oakland, CA) and will work at the intersection of RJ and HIV issues.

Application deadline is Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00pm PT.

Please visit the RJFP website to fill out the online form and download the applications.

For more information about the RJFP, including bios of current and past Fellows and a list of 2014-15 Placement Organizations, please visit the RJFP homepage. Questions? Email RJFP@lsrj.org.

On the Job! FIDH is hiring its Representative to the International Criminal Court (deadline 14 October)

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) is hiring its representative to the International Criminal Court. Application deadline is 14 October. For details of the position and how to apply, visit http://www.fidh.org/en/what-is-fidh/recruitment/16053-fidh-is-hiring-its-representative-to-the-international-criminal-court.

On the Job! CJA announces search for new Executive Director

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) is searching for their next Executive Director, who will be the successor to current Executive Director (and IntLawGrrl!) Pamela Merchant. In fact, many IntLawGrrls are involved with CJA.

In the posting for the position, CJA Board Chair Wilma Wallace writes:

“CJA is a fiscally and operationally sound international human rights organization with a talented and committed staff, fantastic Board, strong brand and global footprint. We are pleased to be working with Olive Grove to identify a leader who will build on the great momentum that Pamela Merchant and CJA have created for human rights advocates and who understands what it takes to accomplish CJA’s mission to deter torture and other human rights abuses through litigation, outreach and education.” 

For more information and how to apply, visit http://cja.org/section.php?id=103.


On the Job! Physicians for Human Rights, DRC Coordinator

PHR - Physicians For Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights, a US-based international human rights organization, has recently posted a job listing for a Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) Coordinator as part of the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program.  This position is based in Bukavu, DRC.

PHR launched the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones Program, a multi-year training and advocacy initiative, in 2011, with the aim of forging coalitions among regional medical, law enforcement, and legal experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Central African Republic. The goal of the Program is to increase local capacity for the collection of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence to support local and international prosecutions for these crimes.

Among a number of other qualifications, a successful candidate for this position will have an advanced degree in international relations, medicine, public health, law, social sciences, education, or a related field;  5 years of experience in the NGO sector in Africa; 3 years of experience in a management position; and be fluent in French.

For more information on this position, click here.

To apply, send a cover letter (with compensation requirements) and resume to resumes@phrusa.org. Please include the job title you are applying for in the subject line of your email.