About the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project

The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project (SLP) is a new and growing effort to advise on the inclusion of legal tools as a part of foreign policy, with a focus on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human rights violations, terrorism, and corruption offenses.

Led by human rights lawyer Gissou Nia, the SLP seeks to achieve this through the following ways:

  • Advise government officials around the world on ways to use civil and criminal tools to target international human rights abusers.
  • Advocate for legislators to create new legal tools and improve existing ones to aid victims and seek accountability.
  • File and support impact litigation and human rights interventions in international, regional and national courts and forums.
  • Publish leading scholarship and convene public and private events, all designed to advance the global debate on the sophisticated use of strategic litigation.  

While the SLP’s work is global in scope, its initial work is focused on serious international crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, China, and Venezuela.

Overview of the Role

Under the supervision of the head of the SLP and in close cooperation with the project team, you will provide human rights and law-related research and drafting support for project deliverables, produce content for different legal, policy, media, and donor audiences and monitor and analyze rule of law-related developments in key jurisdictions around the world.

Job responsibilities

  • Research, analysis, and drafting related to the use of international, regional, and national courts, forums, and mechanisms for justice and redress for human rights violations and atrocity crimes.
  • Areas of research will include universal jurisdiction frameworks in Europe and/or civil actions pursuant to terrorism or torture laws, and the application of Global Magnitsky and Magnitsky type laws.
  • Research and analysis of responsibility of various state actors and non-state actors under international criminal law for purposes of case preparation in various international, regional and national forums.
  • Monitor legal and political developments related to human rights and accountability, such as topical debates, legal reforms, landmark court cases or administrative proceedings, in the United States, Canada, Europe, and other key jurisdictions.
  • Prepare organized charts of key decisions/readings on public international law issues to feed into a digital tool for policymakers, practitioners, and academics.
  • Draft diverse project outputs including legal memos, legal briefs, analytical pieces, explainers, fact sheets, newsletters, donor and board materials.
  • Represent the SLP and its work to governments, policymakers, the media, victim and survivor communities, the global legal and human rights communities, academics, donors/funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Alongside the head of the SLP, help conceptualize and organize legal trainings of human rights defenders and practitioners from around the world, as well as thematic conferences for practitioners held in Washington, D.C.
  • Manage all aspects of event management in organization of conferences and trainings.
  • Coordinate communications and events for the SLP’s Advisory Council.
  • Other duties as assigned by the SLP’s management team.


  • A law degree with a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant legal experience, including in international human rights, comparative law, and/or criminal law and procedure.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Team player with good interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • A high level of personal energy, reliability, and commitment
  • Problem solver and ability to work independently
  • Fluency in English, other languages a bonus

About the Program:

Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

The Atlantic Council’s work on social, economic and human development issues in the Middle East honors the legacy of Rafik Hariri and his life’s mission to unlock the human and economic potential of the Arab world.

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