Summary Description: The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites candidates for the position of Legal Fellow for the Institute's human rights in the US work, who will be hired as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar or Associate Research Scholar. This is position will run from September 2017-May 2018, with the possibility of renewal.The Legal Fellow will play an integral role in strengthening awareness and implementation of international human rights norms in the United States, with a particular focus on advancing racial and gender justice, equality, and accountability. The Human Rights Institute's Human Rights in the U.S. Project builds the capacity of domestic lawyers, policy makers, and advocates to incorporate a human rights framework into social justice advocacy efforts by building networks, facilitating trainings, conducting outreach, and promoting coordination among progressive public policy and advocacy groups to challenge all forms of discrimination and foster inclusion. The Project also directly contributes to the development of legal theories and positive precedents based on international law through litigation, global and regional advocacy and policy initiatives, with a focus on the state and local levels. With the Human Rights in the U.S. Project Director, and the Human Rights Institute's Faculty Directors, the Legal Fellow will develop new and innovative strategies to hold the United States accountable to human rights principles, undertaking research, writing, and advocacy. The Fellow will work in collaboration with a range of U.S. human rights lawyers and advocates, impacted communities, and government officials. To identify best practices in human rights advocacy, strengthen norms, and improve human rights monitoring, the Legal Fellow will also convene meetings of human rights experts, and contribute to global and regional reviews of United States human rights record providing relevant data on domestic law, policy, and practice. The Fellow will also develop resources, reports, op-eds and blog posts on emerging issues and developments in human rights law and practice. Specifically, the Fellow will: contribute to the Institute's pursuit of redress for human rights violations related to juvenile justice through advocacy at the Inter-American Commission and domestic channels; research and document city and state efforts to "bring human rights home," as well as related legal developments, and provide training and technical assistance to local governments engaged in this efforts, with a particular focus on implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women; and submit stakeholder reports to the United Nations human rights treaty bodies and experts. The Fellow will also contribute to the overall work of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, including through event planning, mentoring of students, and engagement with the Institute's other projects. The Fellow may also have opportunities to supervise students in the Human Rights Clinic, at the discretion of the Director of the Clinic, and manage research assistants.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or foreign country, or have an application for license pending.This position will be filled as either a Postdoctoral Research Scholar oran Associate Research Scholar.- For a Postdoctoral Research Scholar, the minimum degreerequirement is a JD, JD equivalent or LLM within three years ofbeginning the fellowship.- For an Associate Research Scholar, the minimum degreerequirement is a JD, JD equivalent or LLM and some relevantexperience in the law and practice of human rights, including in legal research, writing, and advocacy;
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following: commitment to the integration of human rights principles into law, policy and practice within the United States; background in human rights advocacy at the national and/or state and city levels, and knowledge of the human rights field, particularly in the United States; demonstrated commitment to strategic, creative, and self-reflective social justice and human rights work, including through positive, empowering, and collaborative working relationships with community groups, nongovernmental organizations, and government actors;familiarity with state and local governments, including experience advocating with state and local agencies and officials; prior experience engaging with the UN and regional human rights systems; demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and analysis, as well to work in collaboration with others; a demonstrated aptitude for public speaking, written and oral communication, and legal advocacy, and the ability to persuasively communicate to multiple different audiences; project development and management experience, ability to work in teams, time management skills, flexibility, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills; dxperience engaging with the general public and the media, writing press releases conducting interviews, drafting reports, blog posts, and legal memoranda, and designing convenings; and experience in grant writing and engaging with donor organizations.Applicants must also be willing to travel. Spanish language fluency is a plus.The Institute values diversity and inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities.
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