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Legal advisor

Job offer with TRIAL Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wartime Sexual Violence Program of TRIAL in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Duration: January 2014 to April 2015 - part time (50% of weekly working hours)

Salary and Benefits: TRIAL seeks competent and motivated applicants and offers competitive compensation

Job Description

The new legal advisor will be expected to contribute to the current TRIAL wartime sexual violence program and, in particular, provide support with the following tasks:

Identification and preparation of individual cases of wartime sexual violence and other information for domestic and international litigation:

  • identify cases, collect information through interviews with victims/witnesses of international crimes and compile documents necessary to begin drafting individual cases;
  • draft cases of gross human rights violations (conflict-related and post conflict) for submission to the  domestic courts, the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee and the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council;
  • conduct legal research and analysis, advise and provide answers and information related to Bosnian legislation/practices and international human rights legal issues;
  • gather and provide information in view of the preparation of submissions to UN special procedures or other international mechanisms;
  • prepare and transfer relevant cases or information to TRIAL Geneva office;
  • provide updates when so required to the international mechanisms;
  • assist TRIAL’s current legal advisor in the implementation of the Program.
  • Project Management:
  • assist the Sarajevo office in the organisation of conference, legal workshops and other events;
  • assist the Sarajevo office in the drafting of project proposals and periodic reports for TRIAL’s Bosnia and Herzegovina project funding partners;
  • ensure the smooth running of TRIAL’s programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina on a day-to-day basis;
  • carry out other relevant legal and factual research when required.

Requirements, Qualifications and Work Experience 

Education: Law degree obtained in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Strong knowledge of human rights law and international criminal law, LL.M. in International Law an asset, Bosnian Bar License an asset; 

Work experience: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience relevant to the position; 

Languages: One of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina mother tongue; Fluency in oral and written English; 

Other: Strong documentation, writing and advocacy skills, a demonstrated commitment and dedication to human rights, possession of a valid driving license. 

Background information 

TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) is a locally registered non-profit organisation in Sarajevo with a mandate to fight against impunity for international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and enforced disappearances). The main objective of TRIAL is to put the law at the service of victims of international crimes. 

Through a combination of litigation, advocacy, awareness-raising, and research activities TRIAL: 

  • fights against impunity of perpetrators, accomplices and instigators of the most serious international crimes; 
  • represents the interests of victims before Swiss courts, international human rights bodies and the International Criminal Court; 
  • promotes effective national and international justice systems for the investigation and prosecution of international crimes. 

TRIAL is active in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) since 2007 to improve the situation of victims of international crimes through the implementation of a program of legal assistance to victims of war both at the local and international level. This program includes not only free legal assistance to victims but also advocacy, outreach, public events, capacity building of local associations, legal information workshops designed specifically for victims of international crimes, and research. To date, TRIAL represented more than 230 victims by filing over 80 proceedings before international bodies (European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee) and national bodies and contributed to the submission of 50 cases to the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. TRIAL submitted numerous reports to the UN on BiH (CEDAW, HRC, CAT) on the situation of women survivors of sexual violence from the war. 

For further information visit TRIAL’s website www.trial-ch.org and TRIAL’s Facebook page

If you are interested, apply by December 26, 2013 by emailing to Ova adresa el. pošte je zaštićena od spambotova. Omogućite JavaScript da biste je vidjeli. in a single submission: 

  • a letter of motivation; 
  • resume; 
  • names or letters of reference; 
  • optional: a brief legal writing sample (academic paper, policy brief or memo, news article, blog post or web content). 

Only complete applications will be reviewed and only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to: 

TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) 

Obala Isa Bega Isakovica 6 Street 

71 000 Sarajevo 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Application deadline: 26 December 2013