The Open Society Justice Initiative Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program 2017-18: Apply by April 24

The Open Society Justice Initiative (the Justice Initiative) is pleased to invite applications for its 2017-2018 Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program.

The Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program is a two-year program of practical work experience designed to expand the capacity of lawyers and advocates working internationally on human rights issues by embedding them as an integral part of the Justice Initiative.

Fellows will typically have the following responsibilities:
  • Conducting research on a broad range of justice-related issues.
  • Drafting and writing, including reports, legal briefs, memos, advocacy documents, blogs, and training materials.
  • Monitoring trials and other legal proceedings, as well as legal, jurisprudential, legislative and governance developments internationally.
  • Liaising with other NGOs and justice advocates, including staff of supranational institutions and international and domestic courts and tribunals, and government officials.
  • Attending (and potentially participating in) meetings of UN or regional bodies related to justice, human rights, and rule of law issues of concern to the Justice Initiative.
  • Helping to organize and attending meetings and conferences with civil society partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Gathering information and liaising with other OSF programs and foundations.
  • Helping to develop and execute evidence-based advocacy strategies.
  • Other responsibilities as may be required according to each placement.

Candidate Profile

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • Strong commitment to human rights;
  • A university degree in Law or an LL.M. or M.A. in Human Rights; graduate degrees in related fields (e.g. economics, politics, statistics) may be considered in exceptional cases from candidates with substantial human rights work experience and a demonstrated capacity to work on legal issues;
  • 0-5 years  of experience in the human rights field;
  • A demonstrated record of accomplishment in undertaking legal research, writing, litigation, and/or advocacy;
  • High degree of proficiency in English;
  • Good research, legal analysis, and drafting skills;
  • Willingness to gain exposure to geographies and human rights topics and tools that may currently be unfamiliar to them, as proposed by the Justice Initiative;
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to work both individually and in teams;
  • Organization skills and attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, or other languages is an asset.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017-2018 cycle is April 24, 2016, 24:00 GMT

As part of the online application, applicants must submit the following additional documents:

1. A statement of purpose for applying to the Aryeh Neier Fellowship Program in which the applicant indicates:

(a) the proposed theme(s) in which the applicant is interested;

(b) reasons for his/her interest in that particular area;

(c) how s/he intends to contribute to the chosen field;

(d) any ideas for specific approaches that can be applied for the work, preferably in the selected themes;

e) ranking of their preferences for being based in Budapest, London or New York.

2. Curriculum Vitae;

3. Names and contact details of two referees.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews and writing exercises.

The final selection decisions will be announced by the first week of July, with successful applicants beginning their fellowship in January 2017.

Contact Information

For any additional information about the application process and the program itself, please contact: [email protected]

Full details are here.

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