Middlesex University
London, Greater London
£45,830 - £52,692 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About EHRAC Based in 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 won landmark judgments, such as the first cases from the Chechen conflict (Isayeva v Russia, ECtHR), the widely reported Beslan School terror siege (Tagayeva v Russia, ECtHR), 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 precedent-setting case declaring Russia’s surveillance laws unlawful (Zakharov v Russia, ECtHR).

Our cases include violations arising from conflict in Chechnya, Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh; gender-based violence, including femicide; LGBT+ discrimination, and repression of civil society and have been reported by the Guardian, New York Times, Open Democracy, and the BBC, as well as regional media. 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.

We are looking for a new lawyer to: 1. litigate international human rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and UN mechanisms, in partnership with NGOs and lawyers from our region; in line with EHRAC’s mentoring model, to provide our partner lawyers with substantial litigation support and to undertake advocacy, training and legal advisory/drafting work as appropriate. 2. provide legal information and expertise to EHRAC’s programme team to ensure the accuracy and consistency of EHRAC publications, funding applications and reports to funders, as well as to facilitate the management of case documents.

This position requires someone who is qualified to practise as a lawyer in one of the Council of Europe States and has professional post-qualification litigation and case management experience. Our case work arises from different domestic jurisdictions and covers a broad range of human rights issues. The post therefore requires a good understanding of international human rights law, the practice of the European Court of Human Rights and UN mechanisms. The ideal candidate will have experience of delivering training/capacity-building work at individual and group level.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in this area. All recruitment decisions will be based on merit.

We value diversity and strive to create a fairer, more equitable work environment for our staff and students.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff diversity networks, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

Closing Date:1 October 2021

Interview Date: 11 October 2021

Posted on: 01 September 2021
Closed date: 01 October 2021
Job ref: LAW150
Tags: Legal