Legal and Policy Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $60,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


Research and Advocacy

Working with the Senior Lawyer in Washington (and legal and policy colleagues in other offices) to:

-      Develop expertise and demonstrate expertise on areas of Fair Trials’ international legal and policy work;

-      Monitor local, national, regional, and international legal developments to identify opportunities for Fair Trials to inform legislation, practice and policies;

-      Lead on specific areas of legal and policy research and advocacy activities, including by working with other non-profits and legal experts;

-      Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers and their advisers;

-      Produce high-quality reports and policy documents; and

-      Timely delivery of funded project commitments.

Casework and Strategic Litigation

Working with the Senior Lawyer in Washington (and legal and policy colleagues in other offices) to:

-      Draft or coordinate the production of third-party interventions, amicus curiae briefs and applications to international human rights monitoring bodies;

-      Working with Fair Trials’ Campaigns and Networks team (based in Brussels) where appropriate to identify, develop and document individual cases for public campaigns, policy submissions and/or impact litigation; and

-      Develop strategies for both domestic, regional, and international litigation which will further Fair Trials’ strategic aims.


Working with the Senior Lawyer in Washington (and legal and policy colleagues in other offices) to:

-      Build and maintain relationships with partner organisations both in the US and abroad in the delivery of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work;

-      Organise and contribute to Fair Trials’ networking activities and capacity building work (in the Americas and elsewhere) including drafting written materials, chairing meetings and producing meeting reports; and

-      Keep members of Fair Trials’ networks and other key contacts informed about Fair Trials’ law reform work and developments in strategic priority areas.


Working with the Campaigns and Communications team to raise awareness of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work including producing content for Fair Trials’ website and publications.

Working with the Campaigns and Communications team on public campaigns, including: campaign planning, production of materials on individual cases; reviewing campaign publications; and identifying target audiences.

Representing Fair Trials externally at policy meetings and conferences, through public-speaking, in specialist publications and, as appropriate, in the media.


Project management of Fair Trials multi-country projects, coordinating project activities by Fair Trials and partners.

Contributing to the drafting of funding applications and funder reports.

Working with the Senior Policy Advisor to monitor the effectiveness and impact of the work of the legal and policy team.


As part of a start-up it will be crucial to pitch-in and provide support including on some administrative matters (the Finance & Operations team is based in London).

Carry out any other duties commensurate with the post.

Promote and implement Fair Trials’ equal opportunities policy in all aspects of work.


Generous leave policy and possibility of flexible working and other benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

J.D., LLM and foreign law qualifications welcome. 0-3 years of post-graduate experience.

English fluency required. Spanish and/or Portuguese highly desired.

Must have legal right to work in the USA.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please send a CV, cover letter, writing sample, and names of two referees electronically to no later than 5pm (ECT) on Monday, November 26. Applications received after this will not be considered. Please clearly include your name and “Legal and Policy Officer” in the subject field of the email.

If you have any queries, please send them to the same email address.

The selection process

We will aim to inform short-listed candidates by December 10th, with interviews for short-listed candidates being held at Fair Trials’ offices in Washington on the 17th and 18th of December. For those unable to attend the interview in person, Skype interviews will be possible.

Fair Trials is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from candidates who can fulfil the requirements of the post irrespective of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The personal data which you have provided, and which we may request, in connection with your application, will not be retained beyond 12 months should your application be unsuccessful. If you are appointed, your personal data will only be used for the purposes of human resources management.