Professor Sarah Knuckey and the Human Rights Institute Seek International Law and Human Rights Research Assistants for
Professor Sarah Knuckey, the Director of the Human Rights Clinic and Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute, is currently accepting applications from 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs for research assistant positions on the following projects:
(1) Critiques of human rights. This project is a multi-year initiative to advance the practice of, and scholarship about, “critical human rights advocacy”—a mode of human rights practice characterized by deliberate and reflective efforts to reform human rights practice in light of critiques of the human rights field. Research Assistants will collect, summarize, and map scholar and practitioner critiques of human rights in multiple languages; investigate the nature and extent of current critical approaches to human rights advocacy as evident in the published work and practices of human rights organizations; contribute to the design of a survey instrument to assess the views and practices of human rights advocates; and help prepare for a convening of leading human rights scholars and advocates, including producing a background note. This project is co-supervised with Lecturer in Law and Senior Clinical Fellow, Benjamin Hoffman.
(2) Counterterrorism, armed conflict, and human rights. This project aims to advance respect for international human rights and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and military operations. RAs will research U.S. aid and assistance in the context of counter-terrorism and armed conflict, human rights issues in specific countries (e.g., Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Uzbekistan), and the relevant international law. RAs will also assist in the research for blog posts on terrorism and conflict issues. This project is co-supervised with Alex Moorehead, Director of the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute.
(3) Trauma, mental health, and human rights advocacy. Research Assistants will work with Professor Knuckey and a research team of human rights lawyers and psychologists to study the mental health impacts of human rights work. RAs will conduct research on current NGO practice to support mental health, the psychology literature, and assist in survey design, article editing, and research project management.
(4) Human rights fact-finding. This project seeks to advance human rights fact-finding methodologies and training. RAs will research current fact-finding practices as well as current investigation trainings and guidance, and prepare research memoranda, including to design new materials and courses on investigative methods. RAs will also be involved in article editing and blue-booking. Parts of this project are co-supervised with Jonathan Horowitz, a human rights investigator and advocate.
Research Assistant positions are paid, and assistants are expected to commit to 10 hours of research per week.
Please send as one PDF document: (a) your CV and transcripts; and (b) a one page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, including on which project you are interested in working, to Ms. Randi Aho ([email protected]) by September 5, 2016 at 5pm.