Job Post: 2021 Asia Law and Justice Fellow

The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School (“Leitner Center”) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Asia Law and Justice Fellow at its office in New York City to begin in early 2021. The Leitner Center is open and working remotely until June 2021; after this, the Fellow will be based in the New York City office.
The Leitner Center aims to contribute to the promotion of social justice around the world by encouraging knowledge of and respect for international law and international human rights standards in particular. The Center pursues this goal by sponsoring education, scholarship, and human rights advocacy, and facilitating collaboration among law students, scholars, and human rights defenders in the United States and abroad. In Asia, the Leitner Center’s work has primarily been focused on rule of law and justice initiatives in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, and Nepal.

The Leitner Center’s work in Asia is administered by the Asia Law and Justice Fellow, who is a law school graduate. Reporting to the Leitner Center’s Executive Director, the Fellow will:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Asia Law and Justice Program’s overall strategy and plan;
  • Manage overall administrative operations for the Program, which will include oversight of the Program budget, project management, development, grant reporting and administration, and event organization;
  • Oversee the Program’s research, advocacy, and capacity-building programs, and build, manage, and monitor ongoing grant-funded and other initiatives, including international Fellows programs and programs for scholars-in-residence;
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement educational content and material for classes, seminars, capacity-building programs, and practice-oriented learning opportunities; subject to the approval of Fordham Law School’s Academic Dean for a candidate with the right experience, the Fellow may teach a seminar at the Law School as a member of the adjunct faculty;
  • Represent the Leitner Center internally and externally before a wide variety of audiences;
  • Work with and coordinate students, faculty, staff and external partners, including individuals and organizations abroad;
  • Train and supervise research assistants, interns, and students in experiential learning programs, and mentor students on academic and professional development and opportunities.


Candidates should hold a J.D. or equivalent. The strongest candidate will be an action-orientated self-starter who will have many of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 2–4 years’ experience in international human rights law research, advocacy, and capacity-building with strong program management skills;•
  • Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills, with a strong background in law and legal developments in Asia, and especially China or Hong Kong preferred;•
  • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in one or more of the following fields: international law, human rights, development, rule of law, and access to justice;
  • Experience managing grant projects preferred, including experience with program implementation, financial and narrative reporting, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Experience working closely with and supervising students, interns, or research assistants;• The ability to prioritize, communicate clearly, and project manage;
  • Proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese and/or another regional language preferred;
  • Professional judgement and familiarity with principles of confidentiality;
  • Humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor;
  • Passion for social justice and a commitment to the Leitner Center’s core values of fundamental human rights, accountability, and urgency for change, with cultural awareness and sensitivity to differences and disadvantages.

Salary is comparable with other academic Fellowships, and includes benefits. The position is subject to a background check with a planned start date in early 2021.

Applicants should send the following documents in a single PDF file to with “ALJ Fellow 2021” as the subject of the email:

  • Statement of interest no longer than 2 pages;
  • A resume / C.V.;
  • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate/ law school transcripts, which can be unofficial PDFs;
  • Contact information for three references.
    Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 5, 2021. Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. No calls, please.
    Fordham University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action institution. The Leitner Center is actively seeking a diverse applicant pool.
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