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 Fellows

The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) welcomes applications for full-time legal fellowships in its San Francisco office beginning between August and November 2015. Fellowships are for a minimum of three months and a maximum of two years, 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 and attorneys 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 requirements.

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 by April 15, 2015 or no later than one month prior to any external funding application deadline. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability, specifying the anticipated duration and starting date of the fellowship.

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