Legal Adviser - London

Organization Name: Amnesty International
Location: London, United Kingdom
Apply email: Not Specified
Start Date: 25-January-2018
Closing Date: 18-February-2018

 Legal Adviser  Counter-terrorism and criminal justice

Amnesty International is seeking a Legal 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 counter-terrorism and on criminal justice; to contribute to the further development of the organisation's policies on a wide range of human rights issues, including those pertaining to counter-terrorism and to criminal justice measures; to monitor developments at inter-governmental organisations and in other relevant forums relevant to counter-terrorism related standards, policies and practices, and identify opportunities for pro-active engagement in collaboration with the relevant AI Programmes and Sections; to contribute to the organisation's strategic litigation on specified areas of human rights, with a particular focus on counter-terrorism and on criminal justice rela ted issues. While based in London, the post-holder should be available for travel, including to Amnesty International's Regional Offices, and will be required to participate in some international meetings.

About the role:
As Legal 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 lead on and/or significantly contribute to specific projects and activities related to the organisation's priorities, primarily those pertaining to counter-terrorism and human rights and to human rights in the criminal justice system. You will also work with colleagues in the Law and Policy Programme to ensure effective, coherent and timely output reviews and policy consultations. You will be expected to bring and further develop specific areas of expertise, including on human rights and counter-terrorism and on human rights in the criminal justice system.

About you:
You will have substantial expertise and professional experience in human rights law, including good expertise in the area of counter-terrorism and human rights. Furthermore, professional experience in criminal justice would be a strong asset. Good knowledge of international humanitarian law, politics, and/or international relations would be an additional asset. You will have demonstrated legal drafting and analytical skills, e.g. through experience in litigation or the application of international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and/or criminal 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 outstanding written and verbal English; the ability to work to in another widely used language is an advantage.

About us:
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

We reach almost every country in the world and have:
* more than 2 million members and supporters who drive forward our fight for rights
* more than 5 million activists who strengthen our calls for justice

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.

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