REDRESS is an international human rights organisation that pursues legal claims on behalf of survivors of torture in the UK and around the world to obtain justice and reparation for the violation of their human rights. We empower survivors to access justice through human rights cases against governments, civil cases against individuals, and criminal cases where we advocate for law enforcement bodies to prosecute perpetrators under the principle of universal jurisdiction. Our approach is strategic, so that as well as representing an individual we target the policy reasons that enabled the torture to take place, by building a campaign that uses advocacy, community engagement, and communications to influence change.
About the Fellowships
Legal Fellows at REDRESS are exposed to all aspects of working at a human rights organisation. The work typically includes:
- Undertaking legal and policy research at the national, regional and international level;
- Developing policy positions and drafting legal and policy reports;
- Networking and attending meetings with high-level stakeholders;
- Developing advocacy strategies and drafting advocacy briefings;
- Drafting submissions before regional or international courts and UN mechanisms;
- Organising events;
- Assisting with fundraising and communications work; and
- Administrative tasks as required.
In addition, fellows sometimes have the opportunity to be involved in casework, but this cannot be guaranteed. As REDRESS is a relatively small organisation, fellows take an active role in all aspects of our work and have the opportunity to get fully involved in our projects, supported by REDRESS staff. 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 an LL.B, LL.M or J.D).
An LL.M or strong background in human rights law.
Strong research skills.
Fluency in English.
Strong drafting skills in Englilsh.
Strong organisational skills.
An ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
A demonstrable commitment to the rights of victims of human rights abuses.
Fellowships are full-time and typically last a maximum of one year and a minimum of four months.
How to apply
If you would like to be considered please send an email to [email protected]. 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;
a brief covering letter highlighting your key skills; and
a short writing sample, for example a university essay or piece of recent work that you are able to share with us.
Interviews will take place in the weeks 05 – 16 September and 17-28 October. If you need to interview outside of these dates, please note this in the application and provide reasons.
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