Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is currently accepting applications from students and recent graduates interested in applying to Equal Justice Works, Soros, Skadden, or other post-graduate public interest fellowships and seeking a fellowship host.
- September 16, 2016 - Equal Justice Works
- November 2, 2016 - Soros
- September 9, 2016 - Skadden
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights was founded as a living memorial to Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Ever since, it has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice, are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, Robert F. Kennedy.
Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureates and other human rights activists, Robert F. Kennedy Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.
Qualifications and Requirements
The ideal candidate will have:
- experience with regional and international human rights law and norms;
- working knowledge of the United Nations system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Human Rights System, African Human Rights System, etc.);
- working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights policy;
- an ability to maintain active contacts with civil society as well as key stakeholder;
- an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines;
- excellent written and verbal communication skills.
A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent) is required. Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required.
Legal fellowships are based in Washington D.C..
How to Apply
If interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to submit the following materials:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in working with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and including a description of the nature of your funding source
- Brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law)
- List of three references
- Applications are considered on a rolling basis; most fellowships begin in September and last for one year, but other arrangements can be made where needed.
Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates with regard to the interview process.
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