Legal Trainee, Budapest

Deadline: 15/09/2010
Open to: applicants with a law degree
Fund: annual salary of EUR 18k gross paid in HUF

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee for a two-year legal traineeship to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals and to organise training sessions for Central and East European lawyers in public interest litigation strategies and techniques.

The legal trainee programme is designed to provide young lawyers with the training and skills needed to launch a career in litigation and related legal advocacy on rights issues affecting Roma communities.

The trainee:
* will work with the legal team under supervision of one or more of its lawyers to assist in developing and implementing legal strategy, handling selected cases, drafting amicus curiae briefs and legal submissions to domestic and international tribunals, working with lawyers, judges, human rights organisations and other relevant institutions;
* may also be involved in legislative and policy review and drafting, advocacy and lobbying;
* will also provide appropriate substantive input into research reports, donor reports and funding proposals.

Essential Requirements
* law degree (preferably from a country within the Council of Europe region);
* a demonstrable commitment to human rights;
* an understanding of human rights norms and their enforcement mechanisms at the regional and international levels, including familiarity with the European Convention and Court of Human Rights, European Social Charter and Committee of Social Rights, and UN Treaty bodies;
* knowledge of Roma rights related issues in Europe;
* significant experience living in or working with Romani communities;
* good working knowledge of English.

* proficiency in Romani language and/or other language(s) of European countries with a significant Roma population;
* masters degree in human rights law or a related field;
* knowledge of legal systems of Central/Eastern Europe;
* prior work experience with public interest organisations focusing on human rights.

Financial issues
Two-year contract with an annual salary of EUR 18k gross, paid in HUF. ERRC also offers a fringe benefit package.

Application procedure
All interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, salary history, together with an English-language legal writing sample and a list of two referees by email, to Hajnalka Nemeth at:

The application deadline is 15 September 2010.

Only selected applicants will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be required to attend a formal interview.

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