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We are looking for a dynamic lawyer who will use their knowledge, experience and passion within an influential international human rights organisation to bring change to the lives of LGBT people globally through strategic litigation and legislative reform.

You will be a talented and detail-oriented lawyer with experience either as a litigator or in a legislative policy/drafting capacity in a common law system, and with education or experience in human rights, as well as a problem solver and a legal researcher with a keen eye for detail.

Job title: Lawyer

Type: Permanent full-time

Salary: In the region of £42,000 p/a

Location: Currently hybrid – remote working with at least 1-2 days per week in our London office (subject to review)

Reports to: Head of Legal

Application deadline: 10 August 2022

Interviews: Week beginning 15 August 2022

Ideal start date: As soon as possible

Organisation Overview

The Human Dignity Trust (the Trust) is a legal charity based in London, UK that supports local lawyers and human rights defenders to uphold human rights and constitutional law in countries where private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct is criminalised. At present, 70 jurisdictions worldwide maintain these criminal laws, a figure that is gradually decreasing due to a combination of litigation and legislative reform. Legal provisions that criminalise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people put them beyond the protection of the law, fostering a climate of fear, stigma and violence. These provisions also violate constitutional and international human rights law, including a person’s right to dignity, equality, non-discrimination privacy and freedom of expression.

The Trust provides pro bono technical legal assistance and advisory services at the request of, and in collaboration with, local human rights defenders, their lawyers and other partners who wish to use the courts to challenge the laws that discriminate against and persecute LGBT people. Since our inception in 2011, we have worked with local partners in over 20 countries in all regions of the world. As a key component of our work, the Trust also works with local partners to provide specialist strategic media and communications technical assistance, in order to support them to build skills, confidence and capacity in managing local and international communications around any litigation they decide to pursue.

The Trust also supports the legislative reform of laws that criminalise, discriminate against or fail to protect LGBT people and other vulnerable groups. Laws criminalising LGBT people in the Commonwealth are often part of a wider set of sexual offence laws that discriminate against and do not adequately protect women, children, LGBT people and other vulnerable groups, such as laws relating to rape, sexual assault and ages of consent. Many of these are rooted in colonial-era laws that have long since been reformed in the UK. Building on pan-Commonwealth legal analyses that the Trust has been spearheading since 2016, and on request from governments, the Trust provides technical assistance to governments seeking to deliver legislative reform.

The role 

We are looking for a dynamic lawyer who will use their knowledge, experience and passion within an influential international human rights organisation to bring change to the lives of LGBT people globally through strategic litigation and legislative reform.

You will be a talented and detail-oriented lawyer with experience either as a litigator or in a legislative policy/drafting capacity in a common law system, and with education or experience in human rights, as well as a problem solver and a legal researcher with a keen eye for detail. You will have the confidence and skills to support a team of Senior Lawyers to bring rigour and excellence to HDT’s complex technical legal assistance to activists, lawyers and governments in the processes of litigation and legislative reform to eradicate discriminatory criminal laws and support the enactment of protective legislation in compliance with human rights standard.

You will be able to work in close collaboration with the HDT staff team and our world class pro bono legal teams, whilst maintaining a high degree of autonomy, particularly in your legal research work. There is an expectation that you travel to work with LGBT activists, lawyers, government representatives and other stakeholders around the world including to plan and deliver strategic litigation workshops and high-level legislative reform stakeholder engagements.

Regrettably, as a consequence of the nature of HDT’s work, the Lawyer will be subjected to distressing critiques of LGBT people and the successful candidate will have to tolerate this with resilience, tact and professionalism.

Full details of the post can be found on the attached job description and person specification.

Recruitment process

Closing date for applications: 10 August 2022 

Interviews and tests to be held: week beginning 15 August 2022

To apply please send a CV of no more than three pages along with a covering letter of no more than two pages, using the person specification as a guide, explaining why you are an ideal candidate for this role, along with your completed diversity monitoring form, to: [email protected].

If you meet the essential criteria, have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply, attend any interview and complete any tests, please let us know.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive we are only able to contact those candidates who are shortlisted for an interview.

The successful applicant will be asked to provide a basic DBS security check.

This role is based in London and the successful candidate will therefore need to have, or obtain, the right to work in the UK. Sponsorship is available, provided the candidate meets the relevant minimum requirements.

Equal Opportunities

The Human Dignity Trust is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.  Our aim is to create a safe and secure working environment where a commitment to diversity, opportunity, quality and excellence is part of our guiding values.

Our employees and any job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability (including HIV status), gender identity and expression, intersex status, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We recognise that everyone is different and value the diversity of the people who work for us. We are committed to maintaining and building an inclusive culture in our workplace. To help us achieve this, we ask applicants to return an optional diversity monitoring form.

 

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