Work with IJRC

The International Justice Resource Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all employees and applicants and to maintaining a workplace environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

IJRC encourages applications from members of underrepresented and minority groups, and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff.

IJRC is currently accepting applications for the following openings:

International Human Rights Law Fellow

The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) welcomes applications for International Human Rights Law fellowships beginning in the fall of 2018. The IHRL fellows play an integral role in IJRC’s work and benefit from unique opportunities to gain varied and substantive experience in the field of international human rights law and advocacy.

Fellowships may begin between August and November 2018, and are for a minimum of six months and maximum of two years.

Fellows will work closely with IJRC’s legal staff in developing and implementing projects in IJRC’s three service areas: international human rights legal research and practice tools, litigation and advocacy support to individuals and organizations, and trainings.

Specific duties will depend on current projects and client needs, as well as the fellow’s particular interests, but will generally include:

  • legal research and writing on a range of human rights and international justice topics for published articles, manuals, and guides;
  • contributing to practical tools and resources to assist human rights advocates in accessing international justice;
  • formulating advice and guidance on international human rights litigation or advocacy for individual victims and advocacy organizations;
  • assisting in the development and implementation of training programs on international human rights law and advocacy; and,
  • liaising with other human rights organizations to familiarize them with IJRC’s services and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Fellows will also participate in IJRC’s awareness raising and outreach events, and may contribute to conceptualizing and creating unique resources and tools for our online resource hub.

Applicants must be able to work in IJRC’s San Francisco office on a full-time basis for the duration of the fellowship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent (by start of fellowship);
  • fluency in English;
  • excellent research and writing skills;
  • coursework in international law;
  • academic or professional experience in researching or applying international human rights law;
  • an understanding of the international human rights framework;
  • a demonstrated commitment to public interest work; and,
  • a collaborative, creative, and enthusiastic approach.

Where applicable, please also mention:

  • foreign language skills;
  • experience living or working abroad;
  • significant international litigation or advocacy experience; or,
  • relevant past or current work with human rights or social justice organizations.

IJRC will consider applications from all individuals who meet the minimum requirements.

Please note that fellowships are unpaid, but IJRC will assist qualified applicants as necessary in applying for external funding opportunities that the applicant has identified, such as through his or her law school.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample of no more than 10 pages to

In your cover letter, please specify the anticipated start date and duration of the fellowship.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Development Volunteer

The International Justice Resource Center is accepting applications to fill a key volunteer position. The Development Volunteer will work with IJRC’s Executive Director to research, design, and help implement strategies to successfully increase charitable support from foundations, individuals and corporations; plan and organize local events; and build relationships with other non-profit organizations.

The ideal volunteer will be a self-starter familiar with the Bay Area who has experience in a non-profit setting.

This position will provide an exciting opportunity to help a small organization grow, and will directly contribute to IJRC’s efforts to increase access to justice for victims of human rights abuses around the world.

Duties would include:

• Assisting in planning and organizing networking events and trainings.

• Identifying and approaching local business to solicit support for events.

• Researching funding opportunities.

• Developing strategies for increasing contributions from local, national and international foundations, individual donors, and family foundations.

• Cultivating relationships with prospective donors and with other non-profit organizations, in cooperation with the Executive Director.

Desired qualifications:

• experience in an administrative or fundraising role;

• passion for helping a small nonprofit organization reach its next stage of growth;

• strong interpersonal skills; and

• a collaborative, creative, and enthusiastic approach.

Additionally, the volunteer must be based in the Bay Area and be able to, at minimum, come into IJRC’s San Francisco office for meetings with the Executive Director.

IJRC will consider applications from all individuals who meet the minimum qualifications.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director, at Please indicate your availability by specifying the anticipated number of hours per week, start date, and duration of your volunteer commitment.

Pro Bono Attorneys & Law School Clinics

IJRC is grateful to the pro bono attorneys and to the students and professors in law school clinical programs who have contributed to our work. We welcome expressions of interest in collaborating on discrete projects, such as news posts or feature articles, legal research and writing on specific topics, updates or additions to the IJRC website, human rights defender interviews, and amicus curiae briefs. To propose a specific project or to inquire about opportunities, please email Lisa Reinsberg, Executive Director at