Clinical Fellow, International Justice Clinic in the School of Law

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December 27, 2021

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Job #JPF07254

  • School of Law / School of Law / UC Irvine
  • Application Window

    Open date: November 24th, 2021

    Next review date: Thursday, Dec 23, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: Monday, Dec 27, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

    Position description

    Fellow, Treaty Body Litigation Initiative International Justice Clinic University of California, Irvine, School of Law

    Summary: The University of California, Irvine, School of Law invites applications for the position of a Fellow in its International Justice Clinic (IJC). The successful candidate will work principally on projects defending and promoting human rights online, with a specific focus on the promotion of digital rights in United Nations treaty bodies. Through working with Clinic faculty and students on projects and providing relevant clinical training, this post-graduate fellowship will also provide an opportunity to develop and practice the pedagogical skills required to be an effective and creative human rights clinician.

    Background: IJC has launched a Treaty Body Litigation Initiative to bring or support individual claims before the key monitoring bodies of the UN system, to seek meaningful redress for victims of digital rights violations, and advocate for a rights-respecting jurisprudence touching on some of the most important issues of human rights in the digital age. Today's treaty body jurisprudence is in its earliest phase of development. This project aim to help develop that jurisprudence through strategic use of the individual complaints procedures, collaborating especially (though not solely) with civil society actors in national environments least likely to provide remedies that meet international standards.

    Despite the significance of the treaty body system, civil society organizations have not devoted a broad and sustained effort to help shape its jurisprudence with an eye to reinforcing the past decade of innovations in digital rights by the UN's political bodies. NGOs around the complex UN human rights system have focused, with good reason, on advocacy before bodies such as the Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review, to great benefit for digital rights. Others have focused on the regional systems, using the progressive stands taken by UN actors to formulate, negotiate and advocate for new or strengthened norms within the European, African and Inter-American systems. The Treaty Body Litigation Initiative aims to work with partners globally, especially in the Global South, to identify cases ripe for treaty body consideration and most likely to advance the jurisprudence of digital rights.

    About the International Justice Clinic and UCI School of Law's Clinical Program

    IJC involves up to twenty law students annually working on human rights research and advocacy projects. The Clinic has built up expertise working with human rights defenders, academics, technologists, diplomats, international civil servants, legislators, and policymakers around the world. Since August 2014, the Clinic has conducted a number of projects on digital rights, including support for the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, particularly thematic reports on encryption and anonymity, the digital access industry, content moderation, online hate speech and the human rights implications of Artificial Intelligence.

    UCI Law enjoys a dynamic clinical program, one of the highest ranked such programs nationwide. IJC aims to make concrete contributions to freedom of expression worldwide. It would be expected that the IJC Fellow would be a vital part not only of the IJC, but of the Clinical Program and the faculty's intellectual life more generally. As such, the Fellow would receive strong mentoring and could expect support in terms of career development, scholarship, and advocacy. Job Description

    Key responsibilities include:

    (1) Conducting (and leading clinic students in conducting) in-depth legal and policy research that supports treaty body litigation related to digital rights issues; (2) Developing a robust pool of cases to pursue before treaty bodies through genuine partnerships with advocates and organizations around the world, especially in the Global South; (3) Working with the Clinic director and other faculty and fellows and supervising students with respect to digital rights projects related to treaty body litigation; (4) Organizing and participating in meetings and consultations with civil society, policymakers, the private sector and academics; and

    (5) Conducting other relevant research to deepen IJC's role in supporting and promoting digital rights internationally and domestically.

    The Fellow will also have opportunities to pursue a teaching and research agenda that is consistent with the work of the Clinic.

    Qualifications

    Required:

    (1) A law degree (JD or LLM) and a record of exceptional academic and extracurricular success in law school; (2) Relevant experience working on or studying digital rights issues, such as but not limited to government restrictions of online speech, privacy interferences such as mass or targeted digital surveillance, national legislation related to internet regulation, platform content moderation, intermediary liability, online manifestations of hate speech, and disinformation and terrorism-related content; (3) Some degree of experience with and strong knowledge of international human rights mechanisms and processes, especially universal treaties such as the International Convenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures; (4) Excellent research, drafting and writing abilities; (5) Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills; (6) Ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to advancing digital expression and related human rights in international, national, and regional fora; (7) Interest in clinical teaching; (8) The ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and administrators; and (9) The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

    Preferred:

    (1) Knowledge of and experience with human rights issues and challenges in the Global South; (2) Familiarity with the human rights impact of technology on vulnerable and marginalized groups; (3) Knowledge of technical concepts and challenges associated with digital rights issues, and the ability to convey difficult technical concepts in an accessible manner to non-technical audiences; and (4) Experience supporting or conducting litigation, particularly on technology law issues.

    Nature of Appointment

    The Fellow will report to the Clinic Director and work closely with other fellows, faculty and IJC students. The position is a full time, twelve-month appointment beginning January 2022.

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and include health and other benefits.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants must submit a cover letter describing their background and interests, a curriculum vitae and one writing sample (no longer than 15 pages) using UC Irvine's on-line application system, RECRUIT. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include links to past writings, such as policy reports, blogs and op-eds, in their CV.

    Citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. UCI Law will assist the Fellow in obtaining necessary work authorization if required.

    Qualifications

    Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    (1) A law degree (JD or LLM) and a record of exceptional academic and extracurricular success in law school

    (2) Relevant experience working on or studying digital rights issues, such as but not limited to government restrictions of online speech, privacy interferences such as mass or targeted digital surveillance, national legislation related to internet regulation, platform content moderation, intermediary liability, online manifestations of hate speech, and disinformation and terrorism-related content

    (3) Some degree of experience with and strong knowledge of international human rights mechanisms and processes, especially universal treaties such as the International Convenants on Civil and Political Rights and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UN Human Rights Council and its Special Procedures

    (4) Excellent research, drafting and writing abilities;

    (5) Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills

    (6) Ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to advancing digital expression and related human rights in international, national, and regional fora

    (7) Interest in clinical teaching

    (8) The ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and administrators

    (9) The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines

    Application Requirements

    Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. Applicants are strongly encouraged to include links to past writings, such as policy reports, blogs and op-eds, in their CV.

  • Cover Letter - All applicants must submit a cover letter describing their background and interests

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.

  • Writing Sample - All applicants must submit one writing sample (no longer than 15 pages)

  • Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)
  • Apply link: https: // recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF07254

    Campus Information

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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