Job Title: Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser
Directorate:** Research, Advocacy and Policy (RAP)
Programme: Law and Policy
Location: The role could be based in either London or Tunis
Type of contract: Fixed-term contract – until January 2023
Working Hours: 35
Salary: £49,191. Salary and benefits will vary depending on the Amnesty IS salary scale for the country
Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser – Unjust criminalisation
Amnesty International is seeking a Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser to provide law and policy advice to Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, including its various Regional Offices, and the broader movement on specified areas of human rights and related positions of the organisation, with a particular focus on the criminalisation of specific conduct, including sexuality and reproduction, and other challenges pertaining to criminal justice approaches and related abuses; to help further develop Amnesty’s work on unjust criminalisation and human rights assessment of when it is appropriate for the state to apply criminal justice, and facilitate partnerships between civil society groups working on reform of criminal justice including in the area of sexuality and reproduction with those working for reforms in other criminal justice sectors; to contribute to the further development of the organisation’s policies on a wide range of human rights issues, especially those pertain ing to the aforementioned areas; to monitor developments at inter-governmental organisations and in other relevant forums relevant to standards, policies and practices, especially those pertaining to the aforementioned areas, and identify opportunities for pro-active engagement in collaboration with the relevant Amnesty Programmes and Sections; to support the organisation’s strategic litigation on specified areas of human rights, with a particular focus on the aforementioned areas.
About the role:
As Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser you will work closely with country and thematic researchers, advocates, media officers and campaigners in the International Secretariat and Sections/Structures to ensure human rights law and the organisation’s human rights policies are applied and advocated in an effective manner through research projects, advocacy initiatives, media and campaigns. You will guide, help develop and/or support research, drafting, advocacy, policy, training and standard-setting activities. You will develop Amnesty’s work on unjust criminalisation and human rights assessment of when it is appropriate for the state to apply criminal justice, including by providing cutting-edge recommendations on how to address the root causes and human rights impact of unjust criminalisation, and through this work facilitate partnerships between civil society groups working on reform of criminal justice including in the areas of sexuality and reproduction with those working for refor ms in other criminal justice sectors, building on Amnesty’s cutting-edge work around ‘Body Politics’. You will play a central role, as part of a dedicated project team, in the development of the organisation’s work on the criminalisation of sexuality and reproduction, including the criminalization of abortion, sex work, adolescent sexuality, same-sex conduct. You will also work with colleagues in the Law and Policy Programme to ensure effective, coherent and timely output reviews and policy consultations, especially as they pertain to criminalisation of specific conduct and other challenges pertaining to criminal justice approaches and related abuses; as well as to the rights to privacy and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. You may also be required to provide support on issues pertaining to various other criminal justice matters and the civic space.
Depending on the post-holder’s background and experience, the position will be one of Legal Adviser or Policy Adviser.
Please see to the job description for more information.
You will have substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law. Particular expertise on criminal justice related policies and practices, including the overreliance on the criminal justice system to affect social change; the criminalisation of specific groups or conduct, including sexuality and reproduction, and other challenges pertaining to criminal justice approaches and related abuses; the root causes and impact of unjust criminalisation. You will have good knowledge of the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to privacy, and the rights and challenges related to defending people’s rights to expression, association and peaceful assembly. Expertise on intersectional discrimination, gender justice and women’s rights is essential. Previous work on economic and social rights, e.g. in relation to poverty or health, would be a significant asset. You will have demonstrated experience in research and advocacy on human rights issues, as we ll as experience in or working with the legal profession, inter-governmental organisations, human rights NGOs or social movements. You will have demonstrated legal drafting and analytical skills, e.g. through experience in litigation or the application of international law. You will also bring strong advisory and communication skills, including with a view to conduct effective advocacy.
You will have experience of planning, organizing and prioritising work under pressure and to deadlines. Excellent team skills are essential in this position. You will also have excellent external representational skills. You will have excellent written and verbal English; the ability to work to a high professional level in another widely used language, such as Arabic, French or Spanish, will be a significant advantage.
Please see to the job description for more information.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We reach almost every country in the world.
Our aim is simple: an end to human rights abuses. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, fairness, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. And whether we’re applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.
At Amnesty International, we are passionate about what we do and we are proud of our achievements as a movement. To compensate our employees for the critical work they do, we reward them through a combination of an attractive and sector competitive salary and benefits package, high levels of engagement and involvement, and a commitment to employee development.
Benefits include 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and grace days), pension scheme, employee assistance programme, life assurance and many more benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional, engaging environment.
For further information on our benefits, please visit https://www.amnesty.org/en/careers/benefits/
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