Voluntary Opportunity for final-year students and graduates: Legal Assistant for the CEDAW People’s Tribunal

2020-08-25T10:36:46+00:00August 25th, 2020|Employability, Opportunities|

Call for Applications: Voluntary Opportunity

Legal Assistant for the CEDAW People’s Tribunal

We are delighted to welcome applications for the position of legal assistant to support the exciting work of the CEDAW People’s Tribunal. We are looking for a number of Law graduates (final year students also considered) to join our Legal Secretariat team in the collection and preparation of evidence and witness statements for the CEDAW People’s Tribunal.

Deadline: 1st September 2020. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Location: Remote/Home working

Working time: Part-time/Flexible, with a minimum commitment of 10 hours per month. Please indicate your availability and preferred working times in your application.

This is a voluntary role: we are a grassroots funded organization made up of passionate volunteers working on women’s legal rights.

**Note: this role requires compliance with confidentiality agreements and data protection measures due to the nature of witness engagement and statement taking **

What is CEDAW?

In 1986 the UK Government under Margaret Thatcher ratified the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Yet 40 years after it was first signed, the UK has still not transposed CEDAW into domestic law and has never had a UK CEDAW Representative. The CEDAW People’s Tribunal is a grassroots organization which aims to hold the Government to account on its commitment to eliminating discrimination against women under CEDAW.

Who are We?

The Tribunal will entail the collection and preparation of a body of evidence, organized by the Steering Committee, to be presented to an independent panel of senior judges who will rule on the case and produce a substantive and authoritative report on the Government’s commitment to CEDAW and the state of women’s rights in the UK. The role of the Steering Committee is to coordinate and oversee the Tribunal process and the collection of evidence carried out by the Legal Secretariat, assisted by a team of legal assistants.

The CEDAW People’s Tribunal marks a powerful move towards securing hard-fought rights for women which have been left unrealised for four decades. Our team is composed of leading experts and representatives passionate about progressing gender equality for this and future generations.

What can we offer?

  • An exciting and rewarding experience working with a dedicated team of leading experts on a ground-breaking People’s Tribunal on women’s rights.
  • A chance to develop key skills and gain invaluable experience working on a People’s Tribunal, gain useful contacts and knowledge for a future career in law, politics or women’s rights, and a great addition to any CV.
  • A friendly and flexible working environment, working with a great team in a role which fits in well with studying and employment commitments.

Job Description

You will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the steering committee in reaching out to potential witnesses for the CEDAW People’s Tribunal
  • Communicating regularly with the Legal Coordinator and reporting back to the Steering Committee as needed.
  • Collecting evidence and information relating to the Tribunal under the guidance of the Legal Coordinator

Training sessions will be provided where needed, but prior knowledge or experience of taking legal statements from witnesses to be used in court is preferred.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Academic or professional legal experience (recent law graduates or law students preferred)
  • High level of English language proficiency (fluency strongly preferred)
  • Ability to work from home or online
  • Must comply with confidentiality and data protection measures regarding witness statements

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of taking legal statements from witnesses for use in court. Previous experience of this would be especially preferred.
  • Additional languages are not required, but would be considered an asset
  • Experience or interest in the field of women’s rights, gender equality, and equality law and policy, with knowledge of CEDAW considered an asset.
  • Experience in engaging with women’s organizations and women from marginalized backgrounds considered an asset.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and recruit on the basis of non-discrimination and fairness. We particularly welcome applications from women and under-represented groups.

Application details: Please send your CV and either a short cover letter (1/2 page) or email message to cedawpeoplestribunal@protonmail.com addressed to Dr Davina Lloyd, chair of the CEDAW People’s Tribunal Steering Committee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until 1st September so early applications are encouraged.