May 09, 2019


Consultant (South and Southeast Asia)


The ABA Center for Human Rights is seeking legal experts with experience in South and Southeast Asia to draft a report on the criminalization of labor leadership for the Justice Defenders program. The overarching question the researcher(s) should examine is what are the ways in which labor union leaders are punished for their work organizing communities and acting as defenders of justice for fellow workers. This will be a deliverable-based contract that must be completed in the next 4 months, therefore, CHR is open to proposals that include the scope of the intended work/study and an estimated/requisite budget for the project.

The ideal drafter(s) will have significant ties to at least one country in the region, knowledge of current trends in restrictions on advocacy, and access to a regional network of human rights defenders. They will also be familiar with basic digital security protocols and secure communication platforms. 

How to Apply

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, a proposed budget, and a proposal/intended statement of work laying out the approach and methodology that will be used in the final product. Please send resumes to

Consultant (Middle East and North Africa)


The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights is seeking an experienced Arabic-speaking attorney to provide legal analysis, translation and consultation on cases in the Middle East and North Africa. We are also seeking consultants to observe hearings of cases against human rights defenders and minority groups in the Middle East and North Africa. 


The successful candidate(s) will have: a) a minimum of three (3) years of legal experience, post-graduation (LLB, J.D. or equivalent), must be fluent in Arabic. 


All consultants will be paid commensurate with experience (please include biodata form with past salary information). All trial observers will be paid per diem as so outlined by federal guidelines. 

Level of Language Proficiency
Must possess fluency of Arabic and a knowledge of Arabic legal jargon. 

Minimum Education Required
LLB or J.D.

How to Apply

Please include resume, statement of interest and biodata form. Please send all inquiries and applications of interest to

Fall, Spring & Summer Internships

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced legal and non-legal interns on a recurring basis. Interns will work closely with our regional staff attorneys, human rights groups and pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to human rights defenders who are the subject of harassment in retaliation for their advocacy efforts in the region. The Intern will gain invaluable insight into human rights litigation and advocacy.

Depending on the needs of our cases at any given time, interns should expect to do several of the following tasks: conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs, conduct supplemental fact-finding and assist at interviews; attend press conferences and briefings; draft editorials on key human rights issues; and, monitor ongoing human rights abuses internationally via human rights listserves and other news sources.

All interns must have a demonstrated commitment to public interest and knowledge of international law.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following:

  • cover letter
  • recent resume (please indicate language proficiencies) 
  • legal writing sample 
  • list of 3 references 

Please submit applications to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.