Chevening/Russia Human Rights Professional legal placement

Closing date: 20 Nov 2018

We are inviting applications for a unique professional placement for a Chevening/Russia Human Rights scholar. The student will undertake an LLM in Human Rights at Middlesex University, London, and a part-time placement at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a one-year master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities, and are awarded to outstanding established or future leaders from a wide range of academic subjects and civil society. The programme provides a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to build a global network of continuing professional significance and also to establish social, cultural, academic, or commercial partnerships with the UK.

EHRAC is based within the School of Law at Middlesex University, directed by Professor Philip Leach, and holds partnership status with the Council of Europe. EHRAC assists lawyers and NGOs from Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine in litigating cases to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and other international human rights mechanisms, and provides legal training to build the capacity of the human rights lawyers.

Since its inception in 2003, EHRAC has litigated strategic cases with Memorial Human Rights Centre before the ECtHR. Together they have challenged egregious human rights violations and won over 150 cases on behalf of 697 victims. Over the years, they have developed unparalleled expertise in litigating ground-breaking cases relating to conflict, jurisdiction and/or situations of occupation in South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Eastern Ukraine at the ECtHR. EHRAC are addressing a number of themes in Russia, including: gross abuses in the North Caucasuscivil society repressionwomen’s rightsprotest and LGBTI rights.

Professional legal placement description

The legal placement will take place two days per week in EHRAC’s office in Middlesex University, alongside the student’s Chevening Masters’ degree studies and for a duration of 12 months. Scholars will be supervised by lawyers within EHRAC’s legal team.

EHRAC’s legal work includes research, litigation, advocacy and implementation activities, and the placement may be focused on supporting the legal team in some or all of these areas according to the needs of the team and the skills of the candidate. The legal placement provides an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of strategic litigation using international human rights mechanisms with a focus on addressing systemic human rights violations in the post-Soviet region, and work on implementation of judgments. Where appropriate scholars may be invited to participate in or attend external or EHRAC events and training in Western Europe. Scholars must be prepared to support the partner organisations during their studies, which may include participation in these events/training opportunities. The scholar must not exceed any work restrictions as stipulated by their UK visa (this will mean a maximum of 20 hours of work per week). The scholar’s main focus will remain their studies. A scholar is not permitted to be outside of the UK for either academic or personal reasons (including attending trainings/events organised by the partner organisations) for more than 30 days throughout the entire period of their Scholarship. Any time spent outside of the UK to support the partner organisations must be completed within the permitted 30 days.

Chevening scholars are important to the overall operation of EHRAC as an organisation, and should expect to contribute to administrative and non-legal work on occasion.

Scholar profile

Along with the Chevening eligibility requirements the scholar for this particular award must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in law, including study of international human rights;
  • 2 years’ experience working in an NGO or legal setting;
  • Excellent spoken and written English;
  • Commitment to human rights;
  • Knowledge of the human rights situation in EHRAC target region;
  • Experience working in or with EHRAC’s target region;
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office applications and email;
  • Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Armenian or Azerbaijani language skills.

For more information on the scholarship, including eligibility, timeframes, and application process, please refer directly to the Chevening website. Deadline for applications is 20 November 2018, 12:00 pm UK time.

If you have queries regarding the placement with EHRAC, please contact us directly via emailPlease do not send CVs or cover letters to this address. Any applications sent to this email address will be ignored.