MINELRES: ERRC: Announcement of a vacancy - Legal Director

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.delfi.lv
Mon Jun 16 20:58:01 2003

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


The European Roma Rights Center (ERRC), the leading legal advocacy
organisation on behalf of Roma in Europe, is looking for a Legal
Director to manage and guide its Legal programs.

The ERRC is a public interest law organization which defends the human
rights of the Roma (Gypsies) throughout Europe and serves as a legal
resource center for advocates working in this field. The ERRC pursues
its objectives by engaging in legal defense, research, monitoring and
reporting, education and advocacy. The ERRC legal defense program
conducts litigation, pursues legal advocacy, and engages in legal
training for Roma rights advocates.

The Legal Director, based in Budapest, Hungary, develops and implements
legal strategy in the field of Roma rights; supervises the work of staff
attorneys, legal collaborators and consultants, and oversees a
docket of human rights litigation on behalf of Roma throughout Europe;
drafts and reviews legal submissions to international judicial fora;
assists local counsel in litigating before domestic courts; forges and
nourishes links with a broad network of public interest attorneys, NGOs,
and inter-governmental monitoring organs; designs legal training
programs for lawyers engaged in Roma rights advocacy; and reviews ERRC
publications for their legal accuracy. Reporting to the Executive
director, the Legal Director assists in management, budgeting, staffing
and the establishment of organisation-wide priorities. The Legal
Director is responsible for maintaining the ERRC Legal Advisory Network
and for keeping abreast of emerging trends in the fields of human rights
and anti-discrimination law.

The successful candidate should have:
1) A track record of significant human rights and anti-discrimination
litigation experience including the European Court of Human Rights in

2) An understanding of the legal systems and human
rights/anti-discrimination legislation in Central, Eastern and
South-Eastern Europe and the CIS;

3) A demonstrated capacity to develop and apply successfully innovative
legal strategies;

4) Excellent English language legal writing skills, and fluency in
spoken English, and good working knowledge of at least one other
language of the CEE/CIS region;

5) Strong management and interpersonal skills.

Prior work experience with public interest law organizations focusing on
impact human rights and anti-discrimination litigation is a distinct
advantage. A network of non-governmental, governmental and professional
contacts in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and the CIS is a

Salary and Benefits: Competitive, depending on experience.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae,
together with an English-language legal writing sample and a list of
three references, before September 15, 2003, by mail to:

Executive Director
European Roma Rights Center
H-1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Fax (36-1) 428-2356

Or by e-mail to: DimitrinaPetrova@compuserve.com from whom further
information may be obtained. Interviews of short-listed candidates will
take place on October 17.

The ERRC pursues an equal opportunities policy. The post is open to
women and men. Roma and members of other ethnic minorities are
encouraged to apply.


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

European Roma Rights Center
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93

Phone: +36 1 4132200
Fax:   +36 1 4132201



The European Roma Rights Center is dependent upon the generosity of
individual donors for its continued existence. If you believe the ERRC
performs a service valuable to the public, please join in enabling its
future with a contribution. Gifts of all sizes are welcome; bank
transfers are preferred. Please send your contribution to:

European Roma Rights Center
Account holder: European Roma Rights Center
Bank’s name:    Budapest Bank Rt.
Account number: 99P00402686
(IBAN:          HU21-10103173-40268600-00000998)
Bank’s address: Báthori utca 1, H-1054 Budapest, Hungary

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