The Human Rights Foundation’s (HRF) Legal & Policy team is hiring a legal associate to focus on the Asia region. The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited law school (JD or LLM) and have a demonstrated interest in international human rights and international humanitarian law in the Asia region.
Responsibilities, include, but are not limited to:
- Drafting submissions and representing prisoners of conscience before the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.
- Analyzing geopolitical trends relevant to the human rights field, including the intersection of business and human rights, technology and human rights, and fashion and human rights, among others.
- Providing support to HRF’s Chief Legal Officer on Asia-related matters.
- Researching and writing thematic reports on human rights issues.
- Conducting policy research and due diligence for Asia-related matters.
- Assisting with the coordination of advocacy campaigns across HRF’s teams.
- Writing and publishing op-eds on emerging issues.
- Representing HRF at conferences and other events to speak on human rights issues, particularly those related to Asia.
- Nurturing and expanding a network of Asian grassroots activist groups, policymakers, and other community members.
- Coordinating and recommending Asia-related programing for conferences and events.
- Working closely with high-level speakers, activists, and policymakers on HRF events.
- Supporting HRF’s development team with drafting grant proposals for Asia programs.
- Supervising interns and junior staff on assignments.
- Outstanding legal research and writing skills.
- Ability to work flexible hours, when required.
- Broad knowledge of Asia-related human rights issues and the political landscape in the region, with a focus on East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and North Korea).
- Ability to travel to international conferences.
Strongly preferred skills:
- Bar admission in any state in the United States.
- Fluency in spoken Mandarin and/or Cantonese, and proficiency in written traditional Chinese, or fluency in another Asian language.
- In-depth understanding of human rights and political issues in mainland China and Hong Kong.