International Human Rights Law Fellow (2019-20)



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


5 3rd Street
Suite 707
San Francisco
United States


The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) welcomes applications from 3Ls and recent graduates for the 2019-20 International Human Rights Law Fellowship. The IHRL fellows play an integral role in IJRC's work and benefit from unique opportunities to gain varied and substantive experience in the field of international human rights law and advocacy.

Fellowships may begin between August and November 2019, and are for a minimum of six months and maximum of two years.

Fellows will work closely with IJRC's legal staff in developing and implementing projects in IJRC's three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations, and trainings.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and client needs, as well as the fellow’s particular interests, but will generally include:

  • legal research and writing on a range of human rights and international justice topics for published articles, manuals, and guides;
  • contributing to practical tools and resources to assist human rights advocates in accessing international justice;
  • formulating advice and guidance on international human rights litigation or advocacy for individual victims and advocacy organizations;
  • assisting in the development and implementation of training programs on international human rights law and advocacy; and,
  • liaising with other human rights organizations to familiarize them with IJRC’s services and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Fellows will also participate in IJRC’s awareness raising and outreach events, and may contribute to conceptualizing and creating unique resources and tools for our online resource hub.

Applicants must be able to work in IJRC's San Francisco office on a full-time basis for the duration of the fellowship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent (by start of fellowship);
  • fluency in English;
  • excellent research and writing skills;
  • coursework in international law;
  • academic or professional experience in researching or applying international human rights law;
  • an understanding of the international human rights framework;
  • a demonstrated commitment to public interest work; and,
  • a collaborative, creative, and enthusiastic approach.

Where applicable, please also mention:

  • foreign language skills;
  • experience living or working abroad;
  • significant international litigation or advocacy experience; or,
  • relevant past or current work with human rights or social justice organizations.

IJRC will consider applications from all individuals who meet the minimum requirements.

Please note that fellowships are unpaid, but IJRC will assist qualified applicants as necessary in applying for external funding opportunities that the applicant has identified, such as through his or her law school. Many past fellows have successfully secured funding through their law schools' public interest fellowship programs for one-year fellowships with IJRC.

How To Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than 10 pages to (no later than two weeks prior to any external funding or fellow sponsorship deadline).In your cover letter, please specify the anticipated start date, duration of the fellowship, any funding opportunities you would like to pursue, and their deadlines.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IJRC particularly encourages members of underrepresented and minority groups to apply, and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff. We look forward to receiving your application.