International Law Careers
ABA Rule of Law Initiative
Promotes development of the rule of law in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East; focus on anti-corruption initiatives, war crimes, and human rights.
Organizational focus: International Law, Human Rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about/opportunities.html
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual rights and civil liberties in the United States. Career positions and legal fellowships are located in offices across the country.
Organizational focus: Civil Liberties, LGBT rights, anti-discrimination, immigrant rights, speech and privacy rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.aclu.org/careers
American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS provides fellowships and grants for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars in the humanities and related social sciences. Fellowships and grants are funded through 12 programs located in China, Africa, and the United States. provides a research grant to conduct a year of research on a humanities issue in China.
Organizational focus: Humanities and Social Science Research
Employment/Career Link: http://www.acls.org/programs/comps/
American Refugee Committee
ARC works with victims of war and civil conflict in twelve countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Programs provide legal aid, mircrocredit, community development services, gender based violence prevention and response, and basic health care and shelter.
Organizational focus: Refugee Issues and Assistance
Employment/Career Link: http://www.arcrelief.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index_careers
American Society of International Law
ASIL’s mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. Through education events, interest groups, research, and publications, ASIL provides resources to the public, attorneys, and the judiciary. It offers paid positions, as well as fellowships and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Maintaining international relations through the application of law.
Employment/Career Link: https://www.asil.org/about/asil-internships
The oldest human rights organization in the world (dating from 1839), Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.
Organizational focus: Anti-trafficking, anti-slavery
Employment/Career Link: http://www.antislavery.org/english/who_we_are/english/who_we_are/jobs.aspx
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship
Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues of their choice involving international human rights, humanitarian affairs, refugees, international criminal law and related areas. Applications are posted in the fall.
Organizational focus: International Research
Employment/Career Link: https://www.asil.org/resources/helton-fellowship-program
Asian American Justice Center
The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works to advance the human and civil rights for Asian Americans. AAJC promotes and builds a fair and equitable society for all through civil rights litigation, research, and writing. It offers a post-graduate fellowship, summer clerkships, and some internships.
Organizational focus: Furthering equal justice through civil rights litigation.
Employment/Career Link: http://advancingequality.org/jobs#summer
Asylum Access is an international nonprofit making refugee rights a reality in the first country of refuge. Through individual legal assistance, training refugee leaders, selective litigation and policy advocacy, Asylum Access empowers refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America to know their rights and gain self-sufficiency. Asylum Access offers paid positions, unpaid internships, and one-year volunteer legal advocate positions.
Organizational focus: Refugee Issues and Assistance
Employment/Career Link: http://asylumaccess.org/join-us/employment/
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has four divisions: Global Development, Global Policy & Advocacy, Global Health, and the U.S. Program. The Global Development division aims to improve access to basic necessities and sanitation. The Global Policy division advocates for policy analysis and public awareness of global issues, while the Global Health division works to improve access to vaccines and health care. Finally, the U.S. Program works to address social inequity and poverty. This foundation provides paid positions, fellowships, and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Promoting global health and development.
Employment/Career Link: https://gatesfoundation.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/Gates
CARE began in 1945, helping survivors of WWII via “Care Packages.” Care continues to provide emergency aid in times of crisis, but their primary focus is on serving individuals and families in the poorest parts of the world through promoting the economic equality of women. Specific goals include improving basic education, ending gender-based violence, providing healthcare and nutrition, expanding economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE offers full-time positions throughout the world as well as unpaid internships and fellowships in their US offices.
Organizational focus: Poverty, women’s rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.care.org/careers
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs promotes the message that ethics matter. The Council works to create nonpartisan education resources such as, journal articles, multimedia broadcasts and speaker series. Some paid positions are offered and unpaid internships are filled on a rolling basis.
Organizational focus: Educating professions, journalists, and the greater public on the importance of ethics.
Employment/Career Link: https://www.carnegiecouncil.org/about/jobs/positions.html
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace works on a broad range of international issues ranging from Rule of Law to Energy and Climate. Its projects emphasize research and shaping regional and international policy. This organization has a range of paid and unpaid fellowships across the world.
Organizational focus: Policy research on international issues.
Employment/Career Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/about/employment
Center for Global Development
Center for Global Development is an international think-tank focused on reducing global poverty and inequality. Through policy research in climate change, global governance, health, education, and migration, this organization influences policymakers and advocates. It offers paid positions, research fellowships, and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Striving to reduce poverty and inequality through policy research.
Employment/Career Link: https://www.cgdev.org/page/job-opportunities-0
Center for Victims of Torture
Cares for victims of torture, studies effects of torture, trains mental health professionals to assist victims, advocates for victims regarding policy matters related to torture. This organization offers some paid positions.
Organizational focus: Working toward deterring torture, rehabilitation victims, and policy prevention.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.cvt.org/what-you-can-do/job-opportunities
Organization established by President Clinton to address a wide variety of international issues. Issue areas include, Climate Change, Global Health, Economic Development, Women, and Health & Wellness. It provides some paid positions, but offers a wide variety of unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Initiatives include global health, economic development, and climate change.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.clintonfoundation.org/main/about/intern/about.html
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
Based in Los Angeles, CAST is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that serves local victims of human trafficking. The organization empowers survivors by providing social services, legal services and outreach and training. Both paid legal positions and volunteer attorney positions are advertised.
Organizational focus: Human rights: Slavery
Employment/Career Link: http://www.castla.org/careers
Disability Rights International
Disability Rights International is dedicated to promoting the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities. DRI focuses on human rights abuses, publishes reports on enforcement, and seeks to end the institutionalization of children with disabilities. Both permanent employment and internship positions are available.
Organizational focus: Human rights for the mentally disabled
Employment/Career Link: http://www.disabilityrightsintl.org/about/employment-internship-opportunities/
ECPAT International was established to end the sexual exploitation of children world wide. Through research, advocacy, and campaigns, ECPAT works with other organizations and coalitions to protect children. It offers some paid positions and limited stipend internships.
Organizational focus: Ending the sexual exploitation of children.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.ecpat.org/about-ecpat/employment/
First Peoples Worldwide
We focus on funding local development projects in Indigenous communities all over the world while creating bridges between our communities and corporations, governments, academics, NGOs and investors in their regions. We facilitate the use of traditional Indigenous knowledge in solving current challenges, including climate change, food security, medicine, governance and sustainable development.
Organizational focus: Indigenous Peoples’ rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.firstpeoples.org/contact-us/employment
Global Fund for Women
Organization focuses on grantmaking to organizations around the world that focus on women’s human rights: zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Offices are located in San Francisco and New York.
Organizational focus: Funding for women’s human rights initiatives
Employment/Career Link: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/who-we-are/job-opportunities
Human Rights First
An independent, American-based advocacy organization that focuses on encouraging U.S. leaders in government and business to respect human rights and the rule of law. Using coalitions to support policy solutions to specific human rights problems (closing Guantanamo, ending human trafficking, supporting LGBT rights in the Carribean) Human Rights First seeks to obtain concrete results.
Some permanent positions and many law-based internships are available in Washington, DC, New York, and Houston.
Organizational focus: Human Rights, specific focus on refugee protection and crimes against humanity
Employment/Career Link: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers
Human Rights Watch
A premier NGO, Human Rights Watch documents human rights abuses and works with partner organizations to stop these abuses through policy changes and social activism. They hire for paid employment and also take volunteers.
Organizational focus: Human Rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.hrw.org/en/about/jobs
Human Rights Watch International Human Rights Fellowship Program
Fellowship provides funding for research in international human rights. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.
Salary is $55,000 with benefits and applications are due at the beginning of October.
Organizational focus: International Human Rights Research
Employment/Career Link: http://www.hrw.org/fellowships
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (_OAS_) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.
Full-time employment is available.
Year-long fellowships for law graduates, with a stipend and airfare allowance, are available; applications due before the end of September. Unpaid summer internships for currently enrolled law students can be applied for in February.
Organizational focus: Various Human Rights issues
Employment/Career Link: http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/employment/employment.asp, http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/employment/internships.asp, http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/employment/fellowships.asp
Inter-American Development Bank
The Bank provides development funding primarily to the Carribean and Latin America through loans and grants. Fellowships, internships, and full-time employment are available, however, internships are only available for citizens of Bank member countries (the US is not a member). Language requirements may also apply.
Organizational focus: Human rights through finance
Employment/Career Link: http://www.iadb.org/en/careers/research-fellows-program-search,1823.html, http://www.iadb.org/en/careers/career-opportunities,1821.html
Organization pursues human rights litigation worldwide, including domestic courts and before regional and international bodies. Cases are selected carefully to improve standards and protections in areas where the law is weak. Interights works with local human rights activists and lawyers in litigation, education, and publications.
Any vacancies or volunteer positions are listed on the website.
Organizational focus: Human Rights Litigation
Employment/Career Link: http://www.interights.org/vacancies/index.html
International Catholic Migration Committee
While this organization identifies as a faith-based organization, ICMC both hires and helps people of all faiths, nationalities and ethnic origins. ICMC serves and protects uprooted people: refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants. In addition, the organization provides humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, and migration and development assistance.
The website lists vacancies for a variety of paid positions, including legal advisors.
Organizational focus: Human rights for immigrants and refugees
Employment/Career Link: http://www.icmc.net/about/vacancies
International Center for Transitional Justice
ICTJ works to help societies heal by accounting for and addressing past atrocities and mass human rights abuses after a period of repressive rule or armed conflict. ICTJ assists in the development of integrated, comprehensive and localized approaches to transitional justice, focusing on seven key elements: prosecutions, truth-seeking, institutional reform, gender justice, reparations, peace and justice, and memorials.
Both permanent positions and internships are posted on the website.
Organizational focus: International law, criminal law
Employment/Career Link: http://ictj.org/careers
International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies. Both paid positions and unpaid internships are offered.
Organizational focus: International dispute resolution.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.icj-cij.org/registry/index.php?p1=2&p2=5&p3=0
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s.
The ITCY offers both full time paid positions and internships in either the Registry, the Office of the Prosecutor, or the Chambers.
Organizational focus: International law
Employment/Career Link: http://www.icty.org/en/employment
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Using expert analysts located in the field, the Crisis Group identifies the conflicts and problems, develops policy prescriptions and uses high-level advocacy to effect change. Analysts are drawn from the fields of journalism, diplomacy, academia and NGOs.
In addition to permanent career positions, a paid fellowship and various internships are also available.
Organizational focus: Conflict prevention and resolution
Employment/Career Link: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/about/employment.aspx
International Human Rights Law Group
The International Human Rights Law Group is a non-profit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. Our mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels.
Paid positions, and unpaid fellowships and internships are listed on the website.
Organizational focus: Human rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.hrlawgroup.org/employment/default.asp
International Institute for Sustainable Development
The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a Canadian-based, international public policy research institute for sustainable development. Publisher of the well-respected Earth Negotiations Bulletin, the IISD focuses on macroeconomic policy, governance arrangements and processes, and management of ecological and social systems.
Organizational focus: Human and enviornmental rights in the developing world
Employment/Career Link: http://www.iisd.org/about/employment
International Justice Project
The International Justice Project is dedicated to assisting victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in their struggle for recognition and inclusion in domestic and international judicial forums. The IJP focues on supporting ICC applicants, Darfur victims, victims of human trafficking and connecting survivors and their children with medical care.
Unpaid internships are available.
Organizational focus: International Criminal Law
Employment/Career Link: http://www.internationaljusticeproject.com/contact-us/get-involved/careers/
International Organization for Migration
Created to handle the influx of migrants following WWII, the IOM is now the leading intergovernmental migration agency in the world. While not part of the UN system, IOM works closely with many UN organizations to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM activities include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.
A wide variety of paid positions, internships and volunteer opportunities are listed on the website.
Organizational focus: International Immigration Rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.iom.int/recruitment
International Rescue Committee
The IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and developmental NGO founded by Albert Einstein. Offering emergency aid and long term assistance to refugees displaced by war, persecution and natural disasters, the IRC works in over 40 countries and in the U.S. to assist refugees adjust to life in the United States.
Organizational focus: Development and Refugee Issues
Employment/Career Link: http://www.rescue.org/careers
Lawyers Without Borders
Lawyers Without Borders promotes volunteerism and pro bono service for rule of law projects, capacity building, and access to justice initiatives. With the use of large law firms, in-house counsel, and non-profit organizations, LWB collaborates to promote human rights. There are paid positions around the country and unpaid internships in Washington D.C. and New Haven, CT.
Organizational focus: Collaboration with public and private entities to promote human rights.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.lwob.org/internships
Organization works to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Program areas include emergency response, food security, public health, women’s issues, energy access, refugees. Both paid positions and internships are available.
Organizational focus: International Poverty Issues
Employment/Career Link: http://www.mercycorps.org/careers
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a UN-affiliated organisation located in The Hague in the Netherlands. It is the organisation responsible for the administration of the Chemical Weapons Convention, including verification, inspection, and liaising with member states. OPCW has both paid positions, as well as unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Emphasizes demilitarization and non-proliferation of chemical weapons.
Employment/Career Link: https://www.opcw.org/jobs/
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Paid positions and unpaid internships are available in multiple countries.
Organizational focus: Works to fight poverty and inequality, while responding to international crises.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.oxfam.org/en/jobs
Redress is an organization that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. This organization works directly with victims and works to develop the means of ensuring compliance with international standards. It offers both paid positions and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Seeks justice and reparations for victims of torture.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.redress.org/employment/employment
Simon Wiesenthal Center
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. Paid positions are offered through the Museum of Tolerance and unpaid internships are available in the New York office.
Organizational focus: Promotes tolerance and human rights for the Jewish people.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.9462465/k.2985/Employment/apps/nl/newsletter2.asp
Special Tribunal for Lebanon
The STL’s primary mandate is to hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack of 14 February 2005 which killed 23 people, including the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and other injured victims. The Tribunal offers both paid positions an unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: International Criminal Justice in Lebanon.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.stl-tsl.org/en/jobs
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
UNICEF works to overcome obstacles of poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination that affect children worldwide. With education, immunization, and emergency support, UNICEF works to ensure children grow up in a protective environment. It offers paid positions and unpaid internships year-round.
Organizational focus: Ensuring human rights for children, internationally.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_internship.html
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UN Women works to create global standards for the treatment and advancement of women, implements those standards, and holds member states accountable to those standards. This organization works to advance gender equality through a number of diverse initiatives. It provides unpaid internships around the world.
Organizational focus: Empowerment and human rights for all women.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment/internship-programme/
United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Through sexual and reproductive health education, UNFPA hopes to inform those in poverty about HIV, pregnancy, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. It offers both paid staff positions and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Education, research, and information to combat reproductive hardships.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.unfpa.org/employment/
US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor headed by Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner, leads the U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally. The US Department of State offers a wide variety of paid positions, student career programs, and fellowships.
Organizational focus: Human Rights
Employment/Career Link: http://www.state.gov/careers/
The Vance Center strengthens democratic transition by engaging lawyers across borders to advance fundamental justice in countries undertaking legal and institutional reform. It strives to advance global justice through pro bono representation, raising awareness of threats to human rights, and promoting greater understanding of international law. It provides some unpaid fellowships.
Organizational focus: Promoting and engaging in pro bono work, as well as human rights.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.vancecenter.org/vancecenter/index.php/vance-center-contact
Witness for Peace
(NOTE: this organization identifies as faith-based) WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Positions on the WFP international team and internships are unpaid.
Organizational focus: Human Rights in Latin America
Employment/Career Link: http://witnessforpeace.org/?page_id=242
Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling
As a leading defender of women’s rights in Palestine, WCLAC is proud of its uncompromising commitment to provide legal aid, social counseling and protection services to women in an environment where human rights abuses are rampant and women’s issues are regularly overlooked. There are paid positions and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Promoting gender equality and social justice for Palestinian women.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.wclac.org/english/etemplate.php?id=1176
World Food Programme
Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. By providing food in times of war, civil conflict, and natural disasters, the WFP works to fight hunger. There are both paid positions and unpaid internships.
Organizational focus: Providing food in times of crisis.
Employment/Career Link: http://www.wfp.org/about/vacancies/internship/