Clinical Teaching Fellowship 2017-2019
Columbia Law School is inviting applications for the Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship. The two-year fellowship will begin in the summer of 2017.
The Fellow will work in the Columbia Human Rights Clinic and in the Human Rights Institute, and with its directors and staff, on clinical projects, syllabus development, teaching, scholarly research and writing, and human rights programming. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Columbia human rights community, and over the two years, will undertake increasing responsibility for designing and teaching clinic seminars; building and leading clinic projects in partnership with civil society organizations and affected communities; providing close supervision, guidance, and feedback to teams of students working on those projects; and conducting scholarly research and writing. The Fellow will be provided extensive professional, teaching, practice, and scholarship mentoring.
The Human Rights Clinic is an intensive year long course that prepares students for lifelong careers in social justice advocacy around the globe. Through the Clinic, students join a community of advocates working to promote human rights and to recalibrate the global power imbalances that drive economic and political inequality, exploitation, threats to physical security, poverty, and environmental injustice. Through fact-finding, reporting, litigation, media engagement, advocacy, training, and innovative methods, the Clinic seeks to prevent abuse, advance respect for human rights, and promote accountability for violations. Through a combination of seminars and project work, students develop the wide range of skills necessary to be strategic and creative human rights advocates, critically analyze human rights, and advance the human rights methodologies of the Clinic and the human rights field. Embedded in the Clinic’s work is a commitment to the values of equality and mutual exchange in transnational partnerships; respect for rights-holder autonomy, voice, and power; and diversity, inclusion, full participation, and justice within the human rights field. Clinic projects address a wide range of marginalized, urgent, and complex human rights issues around the world and involve a diverse range of human rights advocacy strategies and methodologies. Past projects have addressed issues such as corporate accountability for human rights violations and environmental harms in the extractives industry; human rights and humanitarian law violations in counterterrorism operations and armed conflict; the right to education; worker exploitation in supply chains; abuses by international peacekeepers; and sexual violence.
The Human Rights Institute advances international human rights through education, advocacy, fact-finding, research, scholarship, and critical reflection. The Institute works in partnership with advocates, communities, and organizations pushing for social change to develop and strengthen the human rights legal framework and mechanisms, promote justice and accountability for human rights violations, and build and amplify collective power. Founded in 1998 by the late Professor Louis Henkin as the anchor for human rights within Columbia Law School, the Human Rights Institute promotes engagement and knowledge of human rights within the law school, throughout the University, and around the world. Across the many substantive areas of its work, the Institute builds bridges between scholarship and activism, develops capacity within the legal community, engages governments, and models new strategies for progress.
The Fellow will hold the title of Postdoctoral Research Scholar or Associate Research Scholar (depending on the individual’s level of experience), and will also have the opportunity to teach the Human Rights Clinic as a Lecturer in Law, which will be a separate appointment pending faculty approval.
Fellow Selection Criteria
Minimum Requirements: Applicants must have a law degree (JD, LLB, LLM, BCL, licence en droit, or licenciado en derecho, etc. will be considered), and have a minimum of 3 years of experience working as an international human rights advocate.
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following:
- A deep commitment to rigorous, pragmatic, creative, and self-reflective social justice and human rights work;
- A deep commitment to teaching and mentoring new generations of advocates, a passion for education, and a strong interest in pedagogy theory and practice;
- Strong interest and ability in challenging existing norms and methods in the human rights field, and an interest in pursuing new interdisciplinary and critical research and scholarship;
- A strong education in and awareness of critiques of human rights, and a commitment to integrating those critiques into human rights practice;
- Experience, initiative, and ability to undertake independent research;
- Substantive legal and practical knowledge across multiple human rights issues;
- Knowledge of and exceptional ability to implement the wide range of tactics and tools employed in the human rights field, and commitment to the strategic use of these to challenge existing injustices and hierarchies, including within the human rights field itself;
- Project, team, and time management skills, and excellent interpersonal skills;
- Deep personal commitment and ability to work in mutually empowering, collaborative, and rights-respecting partnerships and coalitions, including in particular with communities affected by human rights violations;
- Second language abilities.
The position may require international travel for periods up to three weeks at a time.
We strongly encourage applications from persons living and/or educated outside the United States, people of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities.
Applicants should send to Randi.Aho@law.columbia.edu in a single PDF document: (a) a letter of interest, describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (b) a one page statement of the applicant’s vision of human rights clinical education, primary areas of interest in the development of human rights scholarship and practice, and any clinical projects the applicant would propose to develop in the first year of their fellowship; (c) a curriculum vitae; (d) a law school transcript; (e) two writing samples: one, scholarly, and the second, related to human rights practice (each of no more than ten pages); and (f) two letters of recommendation, and the names of no more than three additional references.
In order to apply for this position, applicants must also apply on Columbia University's job portal found here: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1482183604038
Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but are strongly encouraged to apply by January 15, 2017.
Competitive salary and benefits.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.