×

Human Rights Attorney at Home and Internationally

2904 Views
( 291 votes, average: 4.5 out of 5)
What do you think about this article? Rate it using the stars above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Some attorneys have spent their life working for human rights which is not always a front page title. None the less, attorneys fight battles for policy change in the US and worldwide. The attorneys also address crimes against humanity, refugee protection, torture, women's rights and gay and lesbian rights. There is a well known non-profit organization in Washington DC and New York that facilitates the work for change of human rights in conjunction with attorneys and the United Nations. Human Rights First employs attorneys, paralegals and a cluster of other support staff who work for human rights.

Human Rights Attorney at Home and Internationally

Human Rights Attorneys have a broad selection of issues to defend. A Degree in law can be expanded to a Masters in Human Rights. Human Rights Law is often practiced internationally. The United Nations determines much of the International laws for Human Rights and countries send their representatives to assist in international law-making. Many human rights lawyers have represented their countries at the United Nations.

''Andrew Hudson is from Melbourne, Australia and began his work in human rights as an attorney to the indigents and refugees. He served as a delegate for Australia to the United Nations. Hudson also worked as a Special Reporter on Extrajudicial Executions for the United Nations.''1 He currently serves on staff with Human Rights First in New York. He is the Senior Associate of the Human Rights Defenders Program.

Another attorney for human rights has worn many different hats as a human rights lawyer and hails from India. She believes human rights lawyering is dynamic and can be done in so many different ways. Sharanjeet Parmar has organized training in Liberia for child protection workers. She organized community-based lobbyists to petition the Indian government to change views on sexuality concerning Aids and HIV. Her belief was ''that if you protect human rights, you protect human health.''2 Parmar is now the Clinical Advocacy Fellow with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

The organization previous mentioned, Human Rights First, employs human rights lawyers to assist them in their campaigns. Not only do they employ lawyers, also they employee other legal support give opportunity for future hopefuls to get in some good experience with human rights. They are located in New York and Washington DC and their mission statement is:

''Building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.''3

Human Rights law practiced nationally and internationally is expected to maintain an average growth and be very competitive with all the graduates coming out of law school. Lawyers from a good school with high marks will get the best jobs. In addition to a law degree, lawyers will do better with specializations like human rights that are a specific field of study in law. Candidates of human rights law will find schools that cater to their interests in human rights. The salaries for Human Rights lawyers begin around $45,000 in non-government and non-profit organizations and range up to 200K for government lawyers defending human rights.

Human rights will continue to be a developing need as the world continues policy making to govern rights in many countries through the United Nations. Human rights work could require travel depending on the type of work lawyers find themselves accepting, especially international lawyers. The salary seems to run in line with the travel requirements. A good human rights attorney can change the world.

Resources:

1 Human Rights First, 2009. www.humanrightsfirst.org.
2 Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, March 11, 2008. © 2006 The President and Fellows of Harvard College.
3 Human Rights First, 2009. www.humanrightsfirst.org.

Please see the following articles for more information about jobs related to public interest law:
 
About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.
About LawCrossing
LawCrossing has received tens of thousands of attorneys jobs and has been the leading legal job board in the United States for almost two decades. LawCrossing helps attorneys dramatically improve their careers by locating every legal job opening in the market. Unlike other job sites, LawCrossing consolidates every job in the legal market and posts jobs regardless of whether or not an employer is paying. LawCrossing takes your legal career seriously and understands the legal profession. For more information, please visit www.LawCrossing.com.



Harvard Law School.

    

Popular tags

Andrew Hudson      Government Lawyers      Harvard Law School      Human Rights Attorney      Human Rights Law      Human Rights Program     

Featured Testimonials

The resume and cover letter uploading mechanism is very good!!
Shermineh


Facts

LawCrossing Fact #222: LawCrossing is affiliated with the top student loan consolidation company, EdFed.

 
Let's Do It!
Email:

Only LawCrossing consolidates every job it can find in the legal industry and puts all of the job listings it locates in one place.

  • We have more than 25 times as many legal jobs as any other job board.
  • We list jobs you will not find elsewhere that are hidden in small regional publications and employer websites.
  • We collect jobs from more than 250,000 websites and post them on our site.
  • Increase your chances of being seen! Employers on public job boards get flooded with applications. Our private job boards ensure that only members can apply to our job postings.

Success Stories

LawCrossing is fantastic! When I am looking for a job, it is the first place I come to. The service is very good and I enjoyed the emails. LawCrossing has more jobs and it is more tailored. Other sites gave a lot of irrelevant results. Your site may have a great algorithm, but it felt like an actual person choosing jobs they felt would be good based on my search. I will always recommend this site!
  • Ann Harris Harvey, LA