Associate Legal Officer

Open Society Foundation
  • Location
    New York, London or Berlin , New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-28-2019
  • Posted
    Apr 11

Position description

The Open Society Foundations promotes vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to all rights holders.

The Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law, and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues. We pursue accountability for international crimes, support criminal justice reforms, strengthen human rights institutions, combat discrimination and statelessness, challenge abuses related to national security and counter-terrorism, defend civic space, foster freedom of information and expression, confront corruption and promote economic justice. In this work, we collaborate with a community of dedicated and skilful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world.

In the sphere of national security and counter-terrorism, the Justice Initiative conducts litigation, research and documentation, and advocacy to promote transparency and accountability for human rights violations perpetrated in the name of preserving security.   This work includes challenging human rights violations associated with “counter-extremism” policies, laws criminalising the “glorification” of terrorism, extra-judicial killings (including through drones), rendition, torture, and arbitrary detention.

The Associate Legal Officer for National Security and Counterterrorism will be based in New York, London, or Berlin and report to the Director of the Accountability, Liberty and Transparency Division, who also leads the national security and counter-terrorism (NSC) project housed in that Division.  

Qualifications

We are looking for a candidate capable of using a diverse set of tools including strategic litigation, research and documentation, community engagement, policy advocacy, and strategic communications to meaningfully address human rights violations associated with national security and counter-terrorism policies. The Associate Legal Officer will be part of a team of diverse and committed professionals with a common drive to think creatively about how to use law and legal remedies.

To be successful, you will have a law degree, bar admission, and substantial post-qualification experience, including the field of human rights. Work with victims of human rights violations is highly desirable. Cultural sensitivity and the ability to advocate appropriately in diverse and international environments is extremely important.

Application instructions

For further information about this role and to apply, please visit the employment page on the Open Society Foundations’ website via the apply button. 

Closing date: 28 April 2019.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfil the essential functions of the job.

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