Associate Legal Officer - Justice Initiative. New York. Posting Date: 05/02/2019. Deadline: 05/31/2019
competitive salary plus benefits
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 counterterrorism, 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 skillful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world. More information on the Justice Initiative and its activities can be found at www.justiceinitiative.org .
In the sphere of national security and counterterrorism, 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 criminalizing the "glorification" of terrorism, extrajudicial killings (including through drones), rendition, torture, and arbitrary detention.
The Associate Legal Officer (ALO) for National Security and Counterterrorism will be based in New York, London, or Berlin and report to the Director, Accountability, Liberty and Transparency Division, who also leads the national security and counterterrorism (NSC) project housed in that Division.
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 counterterrorism policies. The ALO 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.
Essential duties and responsibilities include:
Suitable candidates of minority backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Competitive rates of pay apply.
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 fulfill the essential functions of the job.