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Women's Human Rights Legal Fellow

Global Rights for Women - Minneapolis, MN
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Full time/Part-time 

Location: Minneapolis/remote 

Global Rights for Women (“GRW”) is accepting applications from students or recent graduates who have secured funding through their law school, foundation (eg. Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Justice Catalyst, GW legal pathways to practice program etc.) or law firm as their fellowship host organization. Upon accepting a fellow, GRW will work with the fellow to develop a project proposal, if need be, in accordance with the funding source’s timeline and other requirements. 

GRW’s team collaborates with global partners to bring about systemic change and legal reform to prevent and end gender based violence.


Job Responsibilities

  1. Incorporate international human rights law and policy into GRW programming, whether local, national or international. 
  2. Conduct factual research and draft memorandums on the women’s human rights’ situations in countries of interest to GRW. 
  3. Research on the application of international human rights law and norms to country conditions, developments within the domestic legal frameworks of countries of interest and their implications for women’s human rights. 
  4. Develop commentaries and recommendations on legal and social policy reforms that address gender based violence against women and girls. 
  5. Help maintain communication with global partners and liaison with local, national and international organizations. 
  6. Provide administrative support to GRW staff as needed. 


Required Qualifications 

  1. Must have secured funding or indicated intention to secure funding (with subsequent funding) from a law school, foundation or law firm. 
  2. J.D (or equivalent) or LL.M degree is required. 
  3. Experience (professional or as a student) working in international human rights law or women’s human rights law. 
  4. Authorization to work in the US. 
  5. Working knowledge of the United Nations, regional domestic violence prevention treaties, international law and human rights policy. 
  6. Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  7. Proven commitment to social justice, public interest and women’s rights. 
  8. Ability to work with diverse groups and cultural sensitivity. 
  9. Willingness to learn. 


Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Fluency in a second language is preferred, not required. 


To Apply: 

Please submit the following as a single PDF document:

  1. Resume 
  2. Cover letter (In your cover letter please mention if you’ve secured funding or mention assistance that you may need from GRW to secure funding)
  3. Legal writing sample 
  4. A short project proposal, if required to secure funding

Submit the application materials at vgupta@grwomen.org with “Your Name + Externally Funded Legal Fellow” in the subject line. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications received, please note that the selection committee will not be able to inform every applicant regarding the status of their application. We thank you for your understanding in advance. If you have any questions please contact Vayuna Gupta at vgupta@grwomen.org.  

GRW is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. 

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