Saturday, January 24, 2009

On the Job! LGBT rights officer

(On the Job! pays occasional notice to interesting intlaw job notices) The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, a network of judges and lawyers that works to promote international law, the rule of law, and human rights, is seeking applications for the position of Senior Legal Officer for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in its International Law & Protection Programme.
Particularly sought is "a senior international human rights lawyer" who is fluent in English and, preferably, proficient in Spanish or French, and who has "a comprehensive knowledge of international human rights, as well as practical experience of human rights legal advocacy and litigation, particularly on equality and non-discrimination issues." The Officer's duties will include:
► "Provid[ing] legal and advocacy expertise and leading the ICJ's work on sexual orientation and gender identity";
► "Develop]ing] and implement[ing] advocacy strategies on human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, including strengthening the use of international law and obtaining recognition by UN and regional political bodies that such abuses are violations of human rights and seeking action by these bodies";
► "Lead[ing] ICJ's advocacy for human rights law and machinery to provide both the conceptual and practical framework to address discrimination and other human rights violations that take place on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity";
► "Support[ing] the ICJ's global network of Commissioners, Honorary Members, National Sections and Affiliated Organizations and other non-governmental organizations working on sexual orientation and gender identity issues in framing their claims in human rights terms and advancing issues through the use of international law";
► "Research[ing] and writ[ing] ICJ reports, legal submissions, statements and publications," including amicus briefs and legislative reform proposals;
► Advise and assist in integrating human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Details here. Applications must be submitted no later than February 27, 2009, by e-mail to or by post to the International Commission of Jurists, P.O. Box 91, 1211 Geneva 8, Switzerland.

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