Legal Fellow or Supervising Attorney
Global Justice Clinic, New York University School of Law
New York, NY
Posted Date: May 20, 2020

Due Date: June 5, 2020

The Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law is seeking a full-time, one-year legal fellow or supervising attorney to manage and co-supervise two distinct projects: accountability for U.S. counterterrorism policies and pursuing climate justice in the Caribbean region. The position will run from July/early August 2020 to July/early August 2021.

About the NYU Global Justice Clinic

The NYU Global Justice Clinic (GJC) works to prevent, challenge, and redress human rights violations in situations of global inequality. The GJC takes on projects and cases that involve cross-border human rights violations, the harmful impacts of activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels.

The GJC endeavors to carry out its work in a rights-based manner that centers the leadership and lived experiences of those most impacted by human rights violations. Under the direction of diverse partners, the GJC advances the fulfillment of rights, anticipates and works to prevent human rights abuses, and seeks accountability for violations. The goal of these efforts is not only justice; it is to support individuals and communities deprived of their rights to lead efforts to prevent and redress abuses. The GJC sits within NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) and benefits from and contributes to the broader CHRGJ community.


About the Position

The legal fellow or supervising attorney will be an integral member of the GJC team of professors and supervising attorneys. This position involves managing and co-supervising two of the GJC’s projects. The first project seeks accountability for the U.S. rendition program and other U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices. The GJC is a leader in this field, having worked on accountability in the national security setting for the past two decades. The legal fellow will continue the GJC’s work on behalf of our clients by managing our litigation docket, which currently includes proceedings before the International Criminal Court, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The legal fellow will also manage and coordinate a project seeking to expose abuses committed in the context of U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with Djibouti, a strategically located country which houses secretive U.S. military bases. The legal fellow will work on additional projects in this area as they arise.

The second project will explore strategies for climate justice in the Caribbean region and build on GJC’s existing work to prevent metal mining in Haiti. This new project will complement the GJC’s ongoing work monitoring and preventing abuses carried out by extractive industries in Haiti and Guyana as well as a GJC project about using strategic human rights litigation to combat climate change. The Caribbean is likely to face some of the most severe consequences of climate change, despite contributing less than 1% of global carbon emissions. NYU is uniquely positioned to hold actors in the global north accountable for the impacts of climate change affecting the Caribbean by working with activists and communities to support local and regional organizing efforts, develop and implement transnational litigation and advocacy strategies, and support cross-Caribbean solidarity and coalition building on the subject of climate justice. This project will supplement CHRGJ’s work on extreme poverty and human rights, which is led by Professor Philip Alston, the former U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty.


Position Responsibilities


Required Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications


The position title of legal fellow or supervising attorney will be determined commensurate with experience. The annual salary for the position is $60,000–$95,000, depending on experience. The position is classified as a research scholar and comes with a generous array of benefits, which include medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding these benefits can be found here.


How to Apply

Candidates should submit the following materials as one pdf document:

Completed applications should be submitted to Lauren Stackpoole at Please use the subject line “Application for Legal Fellow/Supervising Attorney Position.”


Application Deadline

Applications are due on June 5, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and select applicants will be contacted for an interview.

The NYU Global Justice Clinic is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.



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