Job Location: Remote
Employment Type: Full-Time, six-month contract
Seniority Level: Associate
Job Category: Consultant

About the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project

The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Litigation Project (SLP) works to advance prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human rights violations, terrorism and corruption offenses.

The SLP seeks to achieve this through the following ways:

  • Advocate for legislators to create new legal tools and improve existing ones to aid victims and survivors of serious international crimes in seeking 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.  

The SLP’s work is global in scope. Current and upcoming projects focus on Iran, Syria, Venezuela, China and Ukraine.

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.
  • 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, policy makers, the media, victim and survivor communities, the global legal and human rights communities, academics, donors/funders and other stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned by the SLP’s management team.

Qualifications

  • A law degree with a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant 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.

Middle East Programs

Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

All Atlantic Council employees are required to adhere to the Atlantic Council’s vaccination policy. All Atlantic Council employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and they must submit proof of both vaccination and Covid-19 booster shot on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through human resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Please note: The Atlantic Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.