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Staff Attorney – International Human Rights and Access to Justice Program
Title: Staff Attorney – International Human Rights and Access to Justice Program
Location: New York, NY
Start date: Upon selection
Deadline for application: October 28, 2022, with consideration on a rolling basis
The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.
The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption and supports international human rights bodies committed to such protection. The program partners with local organizations and engages in projects related to advocacy and capacity building at the local, regional and international levels in furtherance of these goals.
Through the Human Rights Program, the Vance Center assists NGOs worldwide on a variety of human rights issues such as violence against women, LGBT rights, prison conditions, atrocity prevention and post-conflict transition, rights of afro-descendants, and refugees. The Human Rights program also is engaged in a global project to study the causes, conditions and consequences of women incarceration. In addition, the program includes a Business and Human Rights initiative where we are assisting NGOs in the United States and abroad with research and advocacy on business and human rights and contribute to sharing best practices in this area.
The Program undertakes research and analysis into complex international and comparative law issues to assist clients with advocacy, training, legislative reform, and international and regional human rights litigation. Our clients include U.S. based NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as local NGOs abroad, in Latin American and in Africa.
The Vance Center recruits private law firms from the Vance Center Committee to work alongside our program staff on the projects. However, Program staff also engage in substantive legal work, including legal research and analysis, advocacy, and litigation.
The Human Rights Staff Attorney will be an integral member, and will work on all aspects, of the Human Rights Program. Reporting to the Vance Center’s Executive Director and collaborating with the current Human Rights Program Staff Attorney and other Vance Center pro bono representation programs, the position will have the following main responsibilities:
- Conduct research and analysis on international human rights law and, in some cases, domestic laws.
- Research and write background papers on countries where the Program is looking to engage.
- Research and contact new clients, particularly human rights NGOs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
- Maintain communications with clients and law firms.
- Assist in coordinating and managing pro bono projects.
- Draft materials for publication on the Program’s activities, cases, or current events.
- Plan and organize events, in the United States and abroad.
- Undertake specific administrative duties related to the Program.
- J.D. or LLM from U.S. law school. Specialization in International Human Rights Law or Public International Law is highly desirable. A degree from a non-U.S. law school may substitute for a U.S. J.D.
- 3-4 years experience in International Human Rights or Public International Law. Experience with Business and Human Rights is highly desirable.
- Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
- Written and oral fluency in English. Fluency in Spanish, French or Portuguese is highly desirable.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills and great attention to detail.
- Team spirit, including facility working with colleagues and partners from varied backgrounds and collaborating in virtual groups.
- Ability to work quickly and well under pressure, to juggle multiple tasks, and to meet tight deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Familiarity with conditions affecting vulnerable people and groups around the world, with experience living in Global South desirable.
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
This position may be partly or wholly remote.
We provide a competitive benefits package including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, std/ltd, employee discounts, and more!
The deadline for applications is October 28, 2022. Please email a resume, a short writing sample on an international human rights issue, and a list of three references to https://newyorkcitybarassociation.applytojob.com/apply/MjeY8yh010/Human-Rights-Staff-Attorney No phone calls please.
The Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs; disability; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition; or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.