EHRAC Lawyer (International Advocacy)

Closing date: 25 Sep 2020

This is a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of international human rights advocacy.

Based at Middlesex University’s School of Law, EHRAC works with NGOs and lawyers in the post-Soviet region to bring ground-breaking, strategic international human rights cases. We have taken more than 300 cases to the European Court of Human Rights (and UN mechanisms) against Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. We have litigated a series of egregious human rights abuse cases from Chechnya, and have won landmark judgments including: the widely reported Beslan School terror siege (Tagayeva v Russia, ECtHR, BBC coverage), the first domestic violence case against Georgia (X and Y v Georgia, CEDAW), the first case concerning the politically-motivated prosecution of a human rights defender (Rasul Jafarov v Azerbaijan, ECtHR), and the unlawfulness of Russia’s surveillance laws (Zakharov v Russia, ECtHR, Open Democracy coverage).

Our cases include violations stemming from conflict in Chechnya, Eastern Ukraine (Guardian coverage), Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh; gender-based violence, including femicide; LGBT+ discrimination, and repression of civil society (New York Times coverage).

We litigate in close partnership with NGOs and lawyers from the former Soviet Union, through a unique and sustained mentoring model of collaboration and support. We also hold training and awareness-building events in the UK, Strasbourg, and our target region.

Job Description

EHRAC Lawyer (International Advocacy)

EHRAC is looking for a new part time Lawyer, working 28.4 hours (4 days a week), to focus on international advocacy. EHRAC’s Lawyer will be responsible for the implementation of our new project on security force abuses in Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. The aim of the project is to build the capacity of human rights lawyers in Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, to seek justice and advocate for the resolution of enforced disappearances and other abuses by security forces.

Working closely with local partners, CSOs and international experts, EHRAC will carry out advocacy activities before international human rights fora; deliver a training and mentoring programme to lawyers; and develop and draft substantial resources to ensure they can effectively seek redress, challenge impunity and advocate for change in relation to human rights violations by security forces. Although this is not primarily a litigation role, the post-holder will be required to assist or lead on some case litigation and mentoring as required under the supervision of other members of the legal team.

The post holder will be responsible for developing and drafting the project resource on enforced disappearances; drafting international submissions and providing legal support, including advice to partners on cases concerning security force abuses and enforced disappearances in the region. The role requires excellent organisational skills and the ideal post holder will bring some background in enforced disappearances to the project team, as well as litigation, advocacy, writing, and research skills.

Please note that appointment to the post will be contingent on EHRAC receiving confirmation of project funding.

For more information, please contact Patrick Regan, EHRAC Strategy and Evaluation Advisor, on p.regan@mdx.ac.uk.