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:

Staff Attorney

The International Justice Resource Center seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

In joining IJRC, the Staff Attorney will gain unique opportunities to help build a one-of-a-kind online resource hub, contribute to the understanding and effective use of international human rights law, forge relationships with advocates around the world, and assist individuals and groups in their vital struggle for fundamental freedoms. This position offers a chance to become an important part of an organization whose impact and reputation are rapidly expanding.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney with substantial working knowledge of international human rights law and the bodies that enforce it, as well as excellent writing and editing skills.

Position Description

The Staff Attorney will play an active and supervisory role in IJRC’s three main program areas: developing informational resources (including legal handbooks, news articles, and educational materials); organizing trainings for attorneys and advocates; and, providing litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations (including procedural advice, analysis of international human rights law, and amicus curiae briefs and similar submissions). The Staff Attorney will work closely with the Executive Director in developing and planning projects, and will take a primary role in supervising well-qualified law fellows in completing tasks that are integral to the fulfillment of our mission. The Staff Attorney will also assist the Executive Director in building and maintaining relationships with partner organizations and in identifying opportunities for collaboration.

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities and projects will include the following:

Online Resource Hub

  • Contributing research and writing for manuals, guides and webpages
  • Drafting short articles on developments in international human rights protection
  • Supervising and editing law fellows’ writing

Advocacy Support

  • Identifying opportunities to provide litigation and advocacy support
  • Preparing guidance, research, and expert submissions, with law fellow support


  • Assisting in preparing once- or twice-yearly trainings on human rights law and advocacy

Other Outreach and Events

  • Identifying and helping to build relationships with potential partner organizations
  • Assisting in planning awareness-raising and community engagement events


IJRC welcomes applications from all candidates who meet the qualifications outlined below. Moreover, IJRC encourages applications from members of underrepresented and minority groups, and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent
  • Currently licensed to practice law (or anticipating admission)
  • Familiarity with international human rights courts and monitoring bodies
  • Prior coursework in public international law
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Top notch attention to detail in writing and editing
  • Ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Specialized study or practical experience in international human rights law
  • Familiarity with human rights advocacy movements or strategies in the U.S. or elsewhere
  • Previous editing experience (such as on law review, a law journal, or news publication)
  • Previous experience supervising other attorneys
  • Experience living, working, or traveling abroad
  • Foreign language ability
  • Working knowledge of WordPress or html

Term & Remuneration

This position is envisioned as a full-time, permanent position with a start date of January or February 2015. Continued employment beyond an initial nine months will be contingent on available funding. At this time, IJRC can only offer a minimal starting salary. We anticipate, however, that any additional available funding will be used to increase the Staff Attorney’s pay going forward.

How to Apply

To apply for the Staff Attorney opening, please submit the following on or before November 28:

  • cover letter identifying your qualifications and interest in the position
  • résumé or curriculum vitae
  • a writing sample of no more than 10 pages
  • three references
  • an unofficial transcript from the university where you obtained your Juris Doctor degree, or equivalent, or LL.M.

Please submit the requested documents by email to, to the attention of:

Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director
International Justice Resource Center
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, California 94111

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

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 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.

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  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