Legal Fellow (Externally Funded) - Global Legal Program

Friday, February 15, 2019


Job Title: Global Legal Program, Externally Funded Legal Fellow

Department: Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 180 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Global Legal Program: Based out of our New York City; Bogota, Colombia; or Geneva, Switzerland office.

The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized legal fellows with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This fellowship will provide the successful candidate with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.

Global Legal Program Fellows support the Center’s global priorities and are responsible for legal and policy analysis of a variety of reproductive rights issues in various countries, including by:

  • Conducting legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law;
  • Supporting the Global Legal Program’s litigation efforts by assisting with the drafting of legal petitions and amicus briefs, shadow letters to the United Nations and regional human rights bodies, and other legal memoranda;
  • Assisting in the development and drafting of fact sheets, briefing papers, and other advocacy documents positioning reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and advancing our litigation;
  • Supporting the Center’s new capacity building initiatives, designed to increase the use of the law to promote reproductive rights by local partners across the globe;
  • Support providing technical assistance to partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders, as well as in preparing presentations for conferences and meetings;
  • Represent the Center externally on matters related to reproductive rights through public speaking, and as required, engagement with the media.
  • Using editing skills to assist with blue booking and fact-checking of reports, petitions, shadow letters, and other documents, as needed.

Qualifications: Candidates with a degree in law, knowledge of international human rights and women’s rights and of reproductive rights or women’s health are eligible to apply. The candidate should be capable of complex legal analytical work and possess excellent writing, editing, research and oral advocacy skills. Some international travel may be required. Fluency in French or Spanish is a plus, but not required.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter and resume must be included in your application in order to be considered for this internship.

Compensation: Since this Fellowship is Externally Funded, the funding will be provided by the sponsoring organization, not by the Center.

Duration of Position:  This will be determined by the terms of the Externally Funded Fellowship.  However, typically we prefer Fellows who can commit to at least one year.

YOU MUST IDENTIFY THE EXTERNALLY FUNDED FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY ON YOUR OWN BEFORE CONTACTING THE CENTER. The Center is happy to participate in supporting such a Fellowship if the criteria and timing fits, however we do not provide the connection to the Externally Funded opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: Only applications associated with an Externally Funded Fellowship will be accepted via this application process.  If you are looking for a Center funded Fellowship, please review the open Fellowship opportunities on our website and follow those application instructions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.