European Roma Rights Centre Seeks Legal Officer for Italy

Deadline: 16 September 2014
Open to: applicants with law degree and knowledge of Italian, Roma and English knowledge
Remuneration: not specified


The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for the post of Legal Officer (Italy). The Legal Officer will be responsible, under the supervision of the Legal Director, for overseeing the ERRC’s strategic litigation work in Italy as well as assisting with (and, where appropriate, taking the lead on) other cases and assisting with other activities, particularly concerning Italy.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Overseeing the litigation of a set number of cases in domestic and international fora in which ERRC is involved;
  • Conducting research into legislative and policy issues and providing substantive input into research reports, donor reports and fundraising proposals;
  • Working with monitors, NGOs and others to identify potential legal cases in selected countries;
  • Representing the ERRC at external meetings and otherwise developing relationships with external partners;
  • Drafting or otherwise assisting with legal training materials and/or delivering trainings;
  • Staying abreast of relevant developments in national, European and international law;
  • Contributing to the cohesion of the legal team and the organisation as a whole and to the development of communication and advocacy strategies.


The Legal Officer will be based in Budapest, although the ERRC will consider applications from candidates who wish to be based in Italy and travel regularly to Budapest. Applicants who prefer this second option must indicate this clearly in their applications. 


If you want to apply, you should meet the following requirements:

  • A law degree;
  • Thorough understanding of the Italian legal system;
  • Ability to do legal work in English and Italian, knowledge of Romani and any other European languages is an asset;
  • Good understanding of human rights norms and their enforcement mechanisms at the regional and international levels, including familiarity with the European Convention on Human Rights, European Social Charter, and UN Treaty bodies;
  • A commitment to advance Roma rights, particularly through law and knowledge of Roma rights issues in Europe;
  • Significant experience living or working with Roma communities;
  • Previous experience working in a law office and/or an NGO, particularly working in human rights and/or discrimination litigation;
  • Bar membership from a country within the Council of Europe (especially Italy).


Applicants should submit CV and cover letter, together with a short English-language legal writing sample and a short Italian-language legal writing sample, and a list of two referees by email, before 16 September 2014, to Csilla Kacso, Please mark the subject line: [First Name] [Surname]  – legal officer.

For more information, please visit the official website.

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