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Fellowship – For Lawyers from English-Speaking Countries of the Caribbean

Venue of Fellowship: Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS).  Address:  1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

Deadline to present applications:  May 2, 2014

Start and End Dates:  July 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Length of the Fellowship:  11 months

Objective: To provide an opportunity for young lawyers from OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member States to become familiar with and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights.

Program: To support the work of the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialists during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

Expected Results may include:

  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases, and requests for precautionary measures.
  • Generating draft reports on petitions and cases.
  • Organization of research to analyze the human rights situation in specific countries and the preparation of the respective resulting reports.
  • Collaboration in thematic studies.
  • Preparation of summaries and other documents for hearings, working meetings, and visits of the IACHR.
  • Promotion and dissemination of the inter-American system of human rights.

Requirements: 

  • Be a citizen of an OAS English-speaking Caribbean Member State;
  • Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the law degree and grades obtained);
  • Knowledge of Caribbean legal systems;
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish (attach certificate accrediting); knowledge of other official OAS languages is desirable;
  • Must have received law degree within the past 7 years;
  • Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, with prior experience in promotional activities in the Caribbean desirable; and
  • Present a paper of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on a human rights issue of interest to the candidate.

For additional details and information, please visit Symplicity or the website.

NOTICE : This fellowship is offered thanks to the financial support of the United States Government.