Career Opportunities

Part-Time Consultant on Business and Human Rights

The Center for Human Rights is seeking a consultant with experience investigating the linkages between business enterprises, human rights violations, and public corruption.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research on public records concerning corporate officers, entities, and transactions.
  • Submission of requests for public records.
  • Interviews of relevant witnesses.
  • Research concerning local laws, as applicable.
  • Analysis of linkages between business enterprises and public officials.
  • Preparation of report summarizing research.

Basic Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate must have a JD or MBA and at least 4 years experience.
  •  Experience in communicating with local partners, including through the use of secure communication platforms.
  • Experience in drafting reports that provide succinct and well-documented facts and analysis.
  • Experience researching and investigating business entities is required.

How to Apply:

Please send a detailed cover letter, resume or CV, and three references to Emma Watson:

Pro Bono Legal Consultancies

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced pro bono legal consultants on a recurring basis. Pro bono consultants contribute to the work of the Center by

  • Observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention and providing detailed analysis of those trials;
  • Drafting letters to U.N. Special Rapporteurs pertaining to attacks against human rights defenders and rule of law around the world; 
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports and conducting libel review.

Interested candidates should fill out the pro bono volunteer form and submit a recent resume/CV. Candidates with foreign language proficiency are encouraged to apply.

Fall, Spring & Summer Internships

The American Bar Association Center for Human Rights seeks experienced 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 and title the email [LAST NAME]: [Term] Intern Application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.