Work with IJRC

The International Justice Resource Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all employees and applicants and to maintaining a workplace environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

IJRC encourages applications from members of underrepresented and minority groups, and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

IJRC is currently accepting applications for the following openings:

2015 International Human Rights Law Fellow (Winter and Summer / Fall)

The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) welcomes applications for full-time legal fellowships in its San Francisco office beginning in 2015. Fellowships are for a minimum of three months, and offer a unique opportunity to gain experience in the practice and analysis of international human rights law and advocacy. Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s Executive Director in developing and implementing projects in IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support, and trainings.

Applicants must be able to work in IJRC’s San Francisco office. Please note that fellowships are unpaid, but IJRC is happy to work with qualified applicants to develop applications for external funding (such as through candidates’ law schools).

The International Justice Resource Center informs, trains, and advises human rights advocates and individual victims so that they may gain the knowledge and tools necessary to promote and demand protection of human rights using international human rights protections. This position will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with substantive areas of international law, work with human rights advocates, and directly contribute to the success of IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about our mission and programs, please visit www.ijrcenter.org.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and 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;

• 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;

• 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.

Minimum qualifications:

• J.D. or equivalent (by start of fellowship);

• academic or professional experience in researching or applying international public law;

• an understanding of the international human rights framework;

• a demonstrated commitment to human rights; and,

• a collaborative, creative, and enthusiastic approach.

Where applicable, please also mention:

• foreign language skills;

• significant international litigation or advocacy experience; and

• relevant past or current work with human rights or social justice organizations.

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

Please note, the IHRL Fellowship position is open to individuals who will have already completed law school by the start of the fellowship.  Law students are welcome to apply to our legal internship program.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director at ijrc@ijrcenter.org no later than three months prior to the desired start date or any external funding application deadline. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability, specifying the anticipated duration and starting date of the fellowship.

 

Legal Intern

The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) welcomes applications from current law students for full- or part-time legal internships in its San Francisco office. Legal internships are offered on an ongoing basis for a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of six months. The IJRC legal internship program provides law students with a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the practice of international human rights law and to be a part of IJRC’s important work. Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s Executive Director, staff, and law fellows in supporting one or more of IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support, and trainings.

Applicants must be able to work in IJRC’s San Francisco office two or more days per week. Please note that internships are unpaid, but IJRC is happy to work with qualified applicants to develop applications for external funding (such as through candidates’ law schools).

The International Justice Resource Center informs, trains, and advises human rights advocates and individual victims so that they may gain the knowledge and tools necessary to promote and demand protection of human rights using international human rights protections. This position will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage with substantive areas of international law, work with human rights advocates, and directly contribute to the success of IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world. To learn more about our mission and programs, please visit www.ijrcenter.org.

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

• legal research and writing on specified human rights and international justice topics;

• corresponding with individual victims and advocacy organizations seeking assistance;

• supporting training programs on international human rights law and advocacy; and,

• identifying human rights organizations and other potential partners.

Minimum qualifications:

• 2L, 3L, or LLM student in an accredited law school;

• a demonstrated interest in public interest law; and

• coursework or internship experience in international law.

Where applicable, please also mention:

• foreign language skills;

• experience in or knowledge of international human rights law; and,

• relevant past or current work with human rights or social justice organizations.

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

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director at ijrc@ijrcenter.org by no later than two months prior to your desired start date. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability, specifying the anticipated duration and starting date of the fellowship.

 

Administrative Intern

The International Justice Resource Center is accepting applications for a key volunteer position that will provide the selected individual with opportunities to contribute to human rights while learning about non-profit administration. The Administrative Volunteer will work with IJRC’s Executive Director to research, design, and help implement strategies to successfully increase charitable support for IJRC; plan and organize local events; build relationships with other non-profit organizations; and assist in other areas of IJRC’s administration.

The ideal volunteer will be a self-starter familiar with the Bay Area who has experience in a non-profit setting.

This position will provide an exciting opportunity to help a small organization grow, and will directly contribute to IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world.

Duties would include:

• assisting in planning and organizing networking events and trainings;

• supporting the efficient and timely completion of administrative tasks, such as bookkeeping and filing;

• identifying and approaching local business to solicit support for events;

• researching funding opportunities;

• helping to maintain relationships with prospective donors and with other non-profit organizations, in cooperation with the Executive Director.

Desired qualifications:

• experience in an administrative or fundraising role;

• passion for helping a small nonprofit organization reach its next stage of growth;

• strong interpersonal skills; and

• a collaborative, creative, and enthusiastic approach.

Additionally, the volunteer must be based in the Bay Area and be able to, at minimum, come into IJRC’s San Francisco office for meetings with the Executive Director.

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

Applications for the Administrative Intern position will be considered on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than September 30, 2014.  To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director at ijrc@ijrcenter.org.  In your cover letter, please specify the desired duration and start date of the internship.

 

Pro Bono Attorneys & Law School Clinics

IJRC is grateful to the pro bono attorneys and to the students and professors in law school clinical programs who have contributed to our work. We welcome expressions of interest in collaborating on discrete projects, such as news posts or feature articles, legal research and writing on specific topics, updates or additions to the IJRC website, human rights defender interviews, and amicus curiae briefs. To propose a specific project or to inquire about opportunities, please email Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director at lisa@ijrcenter.org.