International Law Seeks a Legal Officer

Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy
Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy

The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is seeking Legal Officer to work from its Halifax, Canada.  The center says the successful applicant will be rewarded, among other things, with exciting legal work, high level representational opportunities and the chance to travel globally.

The position combines legal analysis and top level standard setting research with on-the-ground campaigning across the Global South in collaboration with a diverse range of activists, partners and subject matter experts. Direct advocacy is a major part of CLD’s work, and the position includes opportunities to engage with policy-makers at the highest level, as well as to dialogue with the world’s foremost experts on human rights.

Successful applicant will have a range of responsibilities related to safeguarding human rights, including freedom of expression and the right to information, as part of a small, dynamic human rights organisation with a unique mandate.   Successful applicant will also have travel opportunities, as well as representing CLD at various international conferences and meetings.

Applicant must have significant demonstrable experience of working in the field of human rights, ideally specifically freedom of expression or the right to information; knowledge of human rights law, particularly freedom of expression and the right to information; and awareness of mechanisms for the protection of human rights.

Applicant must demonstrate excellent written and spoken fluency in English, including an ability to draft complex legal and policy documents for a high level audience, as well as clear and concise position statements for general public consumption. Strong analytical and research skills, including the ability to assess legislation or policies against international human rights standards are also required.

He/She must have strong public speaking skills, including being comfortable addressing large audiences.

Applicant must be ready to travel internationally, sometimes for two to three weeks at a time and some international experience, preferably in the Global South is required

Applicant should show keen interest in and openness to other cultures, and an ability to collaborate with people from a range of cultural, religious, social and educational backgrounds; ability to work effectively, often under pressure, to tight and demanding deadlines.

Salary for the position will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

CLD is an international human rights organisation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which provides expert legal services globally on foundational rights for democracy, with a particular emphasis on freedom of expression, freedom of association, the right to information and digital rights.

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