The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) Seeks a Legal Fellow

Legal Fellow – Announcement




STARTING DATE: Immediately

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) seeks a bilingual (Spanish/English) legal fellow to provide support for their legal defense team with their current litigation of human rights cases before the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. This position will be based in Washington, DC. Established in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights defenders, CEJIL is a regional organization that works to promote human rights throughout the Hemisphere through the effective use of the Inter-American System. For more information about the organization, please visit their website. 

Qualifications Needed:

  • Law Degree (Masters preferred but not required)
  • Two years of work experience in the field of human rights, preferably at the international level
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to develop convincing legal arguments
  • Bilingual English-Spanish, with outstanding Spanish writing skills and oral fluency
  • Ability to work on own initiative and work with others as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to handle complex litigation, ability to work under pressure and on various projects at once
  • Willingness to travel and work in a multicultural environment


  • Support the litigation of cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights as well as other international bodies, in conjunction with CEJIL legal staff
  • Investigate facts and law of cases to determine causes of action and to prepare cases
  • Prepare legal arguments and compile evidence in coordination with CEJIL’s Directors
  • Identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases
  • Design and support training sessions, workshops, and materials about the Inter-American System or international human rights law
  • Completing institutional responsibilities, such as writing reports and work plans, among other things
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks
  • Other duties as may be assigned from time to time

 Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume no later than June 27th, 2011 by email only (subject: 2011 Fellow Search). Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in Washington, DC or by phone. Final candidates will eventually be asked to submit a writing sample in Spanish and write a legal brief on a topic relevant to the Inter-American System.