Legal Advisor

22 10 2008


Legal Advisor
Enviado por: Lucia Nader/Conectasur
Legal Advisor

For the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), a human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating worldwide on prevention of torture.

Location:     Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date:    3 November 2008

Job Description (summary – more details available from APT)

Working within the UN & Legal Programme, managed by a Programme Officer, the APT Legal Advisor is an important member of staff who will:
    Provide the APT, its Programme Officers, and its partners with expert legal advice relevant to the effective prevention of torture and other ill-treatment;
    Provide advice, analysis and training on national legislation criminalizing torture and establishing National Preventive mechanisms;
    Review relevant emerging international jurisprudence;
    Organize relevant legal expert meetings;
    Contribute to the functioning of the UN & Legal Programme and the APT.

Candidates for the posts of Legal Advisor:
    Must be a human rights lawyer with particular expertise in the prevention of torture;
    Should have at least five years of professional legal experience, relevant to the prevention of torture;
    Should have training and public speaking experience;
    Must be able to speak and write in perfect English and be fluent in French. Other language fluency, especially Spanish would be a significant asset;
    Must have excellent legal drafting and written skills;
    Must have both experience and willingness to work in a team, with a team leader;
    The role requires regular international travel.

Salary: Average NGO Geneva rates over 12 months
Work permit: The organisation is willing to apply for a work permit, if necessary.

To apply
Applications should be sent to “” or by post to: Sylvie Pittet, Administrator, APT, P.O..Box  2267, 1211 Geneva 2, Applications should contain a motivating letter, CV, short writing sample and the contact details of two referees.

The APT is an independent NGO working worldwide for the prevention of torture. The organisation specializes in the prevention of torture rather than denunciation of cases. This unique approach enables the APT to cooperate with State authorities that are committed to institutional and legislative reform as well as changing practices.
The APT promotes effective monitoring of places of detention; strengthens capacities to reform detention practices; provides legal advice to criminalize and prohibit torture and develops practical legal and detention guides. The APT has been operating for over 30 years and is the organisation behind the new international Protocol that enables experts to have access to all places of detention in order to make recommendations to prevent acts of torture and other ill-treatment.

Please refer to our website for further information:

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Geneva      

Call For Applications

22 10 2008

Struggling to make an impact on your target audience? Are issues unresolved despite your best efforts? Do the internet, mobile phones or information design present exciting possibilities in advocacy but difficult to take advantage of? The Info Activism camp, to be held in Bangalore, India from February 19 to 25, offers rights advocates the chance to make a greater impact in their work.
The seven-day camp, organised by Tactical Technology Collective helps advocates to make the best use of information, communication and digital technologies to achieve their objectives. The first-ever international camp on info activism will feature 120 participants, picked through a competitive selection process, and who will not only learn but also share skills and techniques to aid in the process of advocacy. Workshops, group discussions, interactive sessions and live demos, which to a large extent will evolve from participants’ proposals, are all part of the one-week programme. Info-Activism is a compelling approach to launch campaigns and bring issues to light. The camp presents a great opportunity for rights advocates to enhance their skills. If you want to learn more about the camp, please go to

2009 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) Application Available

22 10 2008

The application for the 2009 session of the annual Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University is now available.  

HRAP is designed to prepare proven human rights leaders from the Global South and marginalized communities in the U.S. to participate in national and international policy debates on globalization by building their skills, knowledge, and contacts.  The Program features a four-month residency at Columbia University in New York City with a structured curriculum of advocacy, networking, skills-building, and academic coursework.

Since 2004, HRAP has concentrated its support on individuals and organizations that address issues broadly related to globalization. 

The four-month intensive capacity building program based at Columbia University in New York focuses on the following key issue areas:

*    Environmental injustice
*    Labor rights violations
*    Ramifications of resource extraction
*    Public health crises
*    Unsustainable development
*    Intolerance, xenophobia, and social exclusion related to globalization

Special attention is given to the above issues and their intersection with gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, and/or other sources of marginalization.

Participants are selected on the basis of their previous work experience on human rights and globalization, commitment to the human rights field, and demonstrated ability to complete graduate-level studies.  Advocates must originate from and reside in either the Global South or the United States.  Fluency in English is required.  Advocate s must secure institutional endorsement from their organizations for their participation in the Program and must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the Program.  If accepted, they must also commit to participating in the program fully.

This extremely competitive Program will admit approximately six participants.  We make every effort to provide full fellowships to cover program costs as well as travel and living expenses for selected Advocates each year. 

Completed applications are due by December 19, 2008.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The 2009 HRAP will take place from the middle of August to the middle of December 2009. 

For further information or to download the application, please refer to our website at:

Enviado por: Daniela Ikawa

Extraido de: Conectasur