24 September 2013


EXPERT NEEDED: ABA-Center for Human Rights

The ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received a request from the ABA Center for Human Rights. 
The Center is convening a group of Indian attorneys working on cases concerning atrocities committed against members of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (“SC/ST communities”).  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss litigation strategies and share best practices concerning the investigation and prosecution of atrocities. 

The Center is seeking international experts in the investigation and prosecution of atrocities to participate in the meeting.  The Center hopes the selected attorneys will be a resource for the Indian attorneys, who might have other questions that come up during a case, and could help advise or provide their expertise and to as mentors to Indian attorneys working on related cases.  The meeting will be held over two days in early November or December in New Delhi, India.  The Center will pay all expenses related to attending the meeting, but will not provide remuneration.


-          Present at workshop in New Delhi, India on issues of prosecuting hate crimes, effective investigations, or role of victim’s rights attorneys (depending on expertise)

-          Workshop is likely to be at the end of October (2-day workshop)

-          Experts are expected to participate on a pro bono basis

-          The Center will cover all costs associated  to travel

Interested experts should have the following background:
-          Former prosecutor of hate crimes/atrocities (OR) victim’s rights attorney

-          Background in prosecuting hate crimes in communities that are very hostile or  discriminatory (i.e. witness intimidation, victim forced to recant incident, etc.), with little political will, and lack of strong investigations by police

-          Previous related experience is an asset

-          Previous experience India and knowledge of the context of the human rights and political landscape

-          Strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

-          Excellent presentation, communication, analytical, and writing skills

-          Ability to speak and present in English

The application deadline is Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 5pm (EDT).  Application materials must include a CV and a detailed cover letter. Please note that this is NOT a paid opportunity.
Completed applications must be sent to Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.

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