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LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

London or The Hague

REDRESS is seeking Legal Fellowship applications from excellent graduates, postgraduates and individuals in the early stages of their careers with a strong background in international human rights law to contribute to REDRESS’s work in either London or The Hague.

*Please note that applicants are required to secure funding from a university, college, professional training programme, regional or national government or another institutional source of funding.


About REDRESS

REDRESS is an international human rights organisation that represents victims of torture in obtaining justice and reparations. We bring legal cases in a range of international courts and tribunals on behalf of individual survivors, and advocate for better laws to provide effective reparations. Our cases respond to torture as an individual crime in domestic and international law, as a civil wrong with individual responsibility, and as a human rights violation with state responsibility.

Through our victim-centred approach to strategic litigation we can have an impact beyond the individual case to address the root causes of torture and to challenge impunity. We apply our expertise in the law of torture, reparations, and the rights of victims, to conduct research and advocacy to identify the necessary changes in law, policy, and practice. We work collaboratively with international and national organisations and grassroots victims’ groups.

REDRESS’s recent work includes:


About the Fellowships

Legal Fellows at REDRESS experience all aspects of working at a human rights organisation, including:

  • Undertaking legal research at the national, regional and international level;
  • Drafting submissions before regional or international courts and UN mechanisms;
  • Developing policy positions;
  • Assisting with casework, including attending meetings with clients or their families;
  • Networking and attending meetings with high-level stakeholders;
  • Developing advocacy strategies; organising events;
  • Assisting with fundraising and communications work; and
  • Administrative tasks as required.

Fellows are treated as valued members of the team and make a meaningful contribution to REDRESS’ work.  


Qualifications and experience

The following are essential:

  • A qualification in law (this can be and LL.B, LL.M or J.D).
  • A strong background in human rights law.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Strong drafting skills in English.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • An ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

 

The following are desirable:

  • A relevant postgraduate degree.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of international human rights treaty bodies and UN mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of regional mechanisms including the Inter-American system or the African system.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the ICC.
  • Basic knowledge of international criminal law.
  • Previous experience working on torture issues.
  • Good knowledge of languages other than English, in particular Arabic, French, Spanish or Dutch.

Duration

Fellowships are typically full-time and last a maximum of one year and a minimum of three months.

Remuneration

Legal Fellowships at REDRESS are unpaid. Legal Fellows should have funding from a university, college, professional training programme, regional or national government or another institutional source of funding. REDRESS has previously hosted Legal Fellows funded through Harvard, Columbia and Berkeley universities.

Applicants without such funding are asked to apply instead for REDRESS’s separate Internship Programme or Visiting Professional Programme (depending on experience). More details are available here.


Covid-19 and remote working

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, REDRESS will consider remote working options where necessary. This will depend on various factors at the time of application, including the ability of the applicant to travel, whether REDRESS offices are open and staffed, the type of work the applicant will be undertaking, and the ability to accommodate the applicant working in a different time zone.

REDRESS is unable to provide computers or office equipment for those working remotely. Accordingly, Fellows working remotely will be required to use their own computer.

 

Visas

For Fellows working from a REDRESS office, REDRESS is able to sponsor those that require visas to work in the UK or Netherlands. Potential Fellows are advised to apply in good time, as visa applications can take several months.


How to apply

If you would like to be considered please send an email to info@redress.org. The email should:

  • include “Legal Fellowship application” in the subject heading;
  • indicate your available start date and proposed length of the Fellowship;
  • indicate your preference for working remotely or from a REDRESS office;
  • specify if you have a preference for a particular office (London or The Hague);
  • specify your location and time zone if you are working from home;
  • specify what source of funding you have;
  • attach:
  • your CV;
  • a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills; and
  • a writing sample, for example a university essay or piece of recent work that you are able to share with us.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.


Equal Opportunity Policy

REDRESS is committed to ensuring impartiality and equality of opportunity. We will not discriminate unlawfully when selecting candidates for Fellowships. REDRESS will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with the candidate’s merits, qualification and ability to perform the relevant duties required and against fair skills criteria.

REDRESS expects everyone to respect the rights of the individual to enjoy a workplace free from prejudice, harassment and discrimination. REDRESS encourages disclosure of disability by candidates to the Fellowship Programme without prejudice. We believe this information enables staff to ensure that health and safety issues are considered and offers the opportunity to explore any additional needs applicants may have. All information will remain confidential to the REDRESS team.


LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

London or The Hague

REDRESS is seeking Legal Fellowship applications from excellent graduates, postgraduates and individuals in the early stages of their careers with a strong background in international human…

Details at a Glance

  • Recurrence
    One time only

Location

On-site

REDRESS

87 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HJ, UK

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered please send an email to info@redress.org. The email should:

  • include “Legal Fellowship application” in the subject heading;
  • indicate your available start date and proposed length of the Fellowship;
  • indicate your preference for working remotely or from a REDRESS office;
  • specify if you have a preference for a particular office (London or The Hague);
  • specify your location and time zone if you are working from home;
  • specify what source of funding you have;
  • attach:
  • your CV;
  • a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills; and
  • a writing sample, for example a university essay or piece of recent work that you are able to share with us.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

If you would like to be considered please send an email to info@redress.org. The email should:

  • include “Legal Fellowship application” in the subject heading;
  • indicate your available…

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