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Asian Law and Justice Fellow

Institution: Fordham University
Location: New York, New York
Admin-Legal Affairs
Posted: 11/24/2020
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Asian Law and Justice Fellow

The School of Law, Lincoln Center

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 



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 as soon as possible. The Leitner Center is open and working remotely until at least January 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.



  • 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.
  • 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, mentor students on academic and professional development and opportunities.



  • J.D. or equivalent.
  • Minimum 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.
  • Able 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.
  • 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.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.



SALARY: Commensurate with experience






SEND LETTER AND RESUME TO: leitnercenter@law.fordham.edu


No calls, please.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.



Applicants should send the following documents in a single PDF file with “ALJ Fellow 2020” as the subject of the email:

  • Statement of interest no longer than 2 pages.
  • A resume/CV.
  • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate/ law school transcripts, which can be unofficial PDFs.
  • Contact information for three references.



Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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