AIDA Human Rights and the Environment One-Year Fellowship for Latin American lawyers

The Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) is offering a one-year, fully funded fellowship to work on human rights and environmental issues with AIDA. This is a burgeoning field that seeks to unify human rights and environmental protection to comprehensively protect people’s rights to a healthy environment, among other things. The fellowship is open to any Latin American lawyer with a commitment to public work in human rights and the environment, and who has demonstrated excellence in their professional and academic career.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to AIDA’s mission to strengthen people’s capacity to guarantee their individual and collective right to a healthy environment through the development, implementation, and effective enforcement of national and international law;
  • Carry out legal research and writing to support domestic and international litigation associated with environmental degradation that affects human rights;
  • Identify cases, plan and design precedent-setting legal strategies with domestic organizations, and promote compliance with environmental and human rights law concerning large hydropower dams, toxic pollutants, global warming and other environmental threats to the human rights of local communities;
  • Assist with media efforts to publicize cases and precedents such as by writing press releases and information for the internet; · Help to prepare reports for advocacy and fundraising;
  • Contribute to AIDA’s legal education and capacity building activities in the Western Hemisphere.

Requirements:

  • Law degree and professional license from a Latin American or Caribbean country;
  • LL.M (Master of Laws) or 2 years of work experience in legal practice, human rights and/or environmental issues;
  • Familiarity with international human rights and environmental law, issues and legal mechanisms;
  • Knowledge of their home country’s administrative, environmental and constitutional law;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese is helpful.

Criteria for selection:

  • Clear and demonstrated commitment to public work in protecting the environment and human rights, and a commitment to continue working in a public position after the fellowship year;
  • Clear, professional and excellent writing style;
  • Proactive and demonstrating initiative, leadership, and the ability to work independently, in groups and under pressure;
  • Familiarity with regional issues related to human rights and the environment, and the social context of such issues in different countries of the region;
  • Availability to relocate and travel;
  • Prior experience in working with affected communities is preferable.

Location:

AIDA strongly prefers the fellowship take place in Mexico City.  The elected candidate will be required to move to Mexico City.  Only exceptional candidates may be considered for remote work in another Latin American country.

 

The fellowship will include a stipend to cover the fellow’s living expenses and incidentals during the year.

Applicants must send a resume, cover letter, two writing samples (one in English and one in Spanish, with at least one being a legal writing sample), and three letters of recommendation to: aida@aida-americas.org (please mention “HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENT FELLOWSHIP” in the subject line).

We will make an offer as soon as we find a suitable candidate, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  

 

AIDA maintains a policy of providing equal opportunity to all qualified persons and reaffirms its commitment that there shall be no discrimination against qualified applicants, employees or volunteers on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status.

 

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