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Legal Fellowship

Company name

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type



Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Nov 20,2017

Posted on

Jul 27,2017
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Legal Fellowship Duties: Conduct factual research and draft memoranda on the human rights situation in countries of interest to the Center and on thematic issues (e.g., the right to freedom of expression, right to nationality); Conduct research on the application of international human rights norms to country conditions, developments in the domestic legal systems of specific countries and their implications for human rights, and other questions; Prepare documents in support of litigation before international tribunals (e.g. Inter-American Human Rights System, African Human Rights System, UN Treaty Bodies), and in support of advocacy before governments, international organizations, and U.N. special procedures; Help maintain and manage communication with clients, human rights defenders, and civil society partners around the world in support of joint litigation and advocacy; Attend and report on briefings, Congressional hearings, symposia, and other meetings; Monitor sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Human Rights and collect, organize, and analyze relevant research; Work closely with programmatic staff to develop long-term strategies, legal actions, and advocacy campaigns. Provide administrative support to Human Rights staff on an as-needed basis.

Qualification and Experience

REQUIREMENTS: A JD Degree or foreign equivalent is required. Recent graduates interested in applying to post-graduate public interest fellowships and seeking a fellowship host. Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required. Must have experience with regional and international human rights law and norms; working knowledge of the United Nations system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Human Rights System, African Human Rights System, etc.); working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights policy; an ability to maintain active contacts with civil society as well as key stakeholder; an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Legal fellowships are based in Washington D.C.
Start Date: September

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