MINELRES: ERRC seeks staff attorney

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Fri Jul 24 17:44:01 2009

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

ERRC seeks staff attorney
The European Roma Rights Centre ("ERRC") seeks experienced lawyers for
its legal defense programme to litigate Roma rights, ethnic/race
discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international
courts and to devise and conduct training sessions for Central and East
European lawyers in public interest litigation strategies and

The ERRC is a public interest law organisation that defends the human
rights of Roma throughout Europe and serves as a legal resource centre
for advocates working in this field. The ERRC pursues its objectives by
engaging in legal defense, research, monitoring and reporting, human
rights education and international advocacy. The ERRC’s core legal
defence work is to engage in impact litigation on behalf of Roma before
both domestic and international courts. 

Based in Budapest, the lawyers will work with the legal team to develop
and implement legal strategy, handle selected cases, draft amicus curiae
briefs and legal submissions to domestic and international dispute
resolution fora, work with lawyers, judges, human rights organisations
and other relevant institutions. The staff lawyers may also participate
in or coordinate legislative and policy review and drafting, advocacy
and lobbying, as well as training and public education on legal issues.
Staff lawyers will also provide appropriate substantive input into
research reports, donor reports and funding proposals. 


Essential Requirements: 

- law degree and bar membership from a country within the Council of
Europe region; 
- a minimum of two years' litigation experience, preferably in a human
rights area; 
- a demonstrable commitment to human rights; 
- good understanding of human rights norms and their enforcement
mechanisms at the regional and international levels, including
familiarity with the European Convention and Court on Human Rights,
European Social Charter and Committee on Social Rights, and UN Treaty
- demonstrated capacity to develop and apply successfully innovative
legal strategies; 
- ability to deal with time pressure and a demanding work environment;
- working knowledge of English, including ability to draft legal
documents in English. 


- working knowledge of Russian, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian and/or other
languages of Europe; 
- knowledge of legal systems of Central/Eastern Europe; 
- experience in one or more substantive rights areas, such as gender
discrimination, trafficking, children’s rights, housing; 
- experience in training/teaching litigation skills; 
- prior work or other experience with Romani communities; 
- prior work experience with public interest organisations focusing on
human rights. 

Remuneration Package: 

Remuneration depending on education, experience and demonstrated skills:
from annual EUR 28k to EUR 36k gross salary - in HUF 

ERRC also offers a fringe benefit package 

Place of work: 
Budapest, Hungary 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary
history, together with an English-language legal writing sample and a
list of three references, to: 

Csilla M Farkas, operations director 
European Roma Rights Centre 
H-1386 Budapest 62 
P.O. Box 906/93 
Fax: (36-1)413-2201 
E-mail: csilla.farkas@errc.org 


As soon as possible and latest by Monday, August 10th, 2009. 

All applicants will be notified of our receipt of application; only
selected applicants will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be
required to attend a formal interview. The job offer will be conditional
upon the receipt of satisfactory references. 

The ERRC is committed to equal opportunity for all. Romani candidates
are particularly encouraged to apply.


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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