16 June 2006, Friday

The Chechnya Justice Project seeks to fill two part-time positions as staff lawyers in Ingushetia and Chechnya.

About the Project:

The Chechnya Justice Project is a groundbreaking initiative that utilizes domestic and international legal mechanisms to seek redress for human rights abuses committed in the North Caucasus. The Project provides legal counsel to victims of human rights violations and their families through its implementing partners the Stichting Russian Justice Initiative (the Netherlands) and Pravovaia Initsiativa (Ingushetia). The Project’s lawyers and researchers investigate incidents of arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions and bring these cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. With more than 100 cases pending before the European Court, the Chechnya Justice Project is one of the leading litigation projects focusing on the North Caucasus.


  • Maintaining contact with already existing clients;

  • Preliminary evaluating potential cases for their success at the European Court of Human Rights;

  • Interviewing victims of human rights abuses and their family members;

  • Advising and counseling victims of human rights abuses and their family members;

  • Drafting correspondence to Russian procuracies and other institutions;

  • Compiling evidence and other necessary case materials;

  • Drafting pleadings to Russian courts;

  • Drafting pleadings to the European Court of Human Rights;

Professional Requirements:

  • Russian University degree (law), prior legal experience, computer skills, interest in human rights;

  • License to practice law in Russia (member of the bar association);

  • Willingness and opportunity to travel in the North Caucasus region;

  • Responsible, task-oriented, self-motivated, highly ethical, and ability to work with minimal supervision;

  • Ability to work in a small organization and communicate easily with colleagues from different backgrounds;

  • Ability to work in an atmosphere requiring discretion and confidentiality;

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;

Desired qualifications:

  • English language skills;

  • Prior human rights experience;

  • Knowledge of European and international Law;

  • Experience with Russian criminal law.


The Chechnya Justice Initiative offers a competitive salary, excellent employer-paid benefits, training programs, strong possibilities for career advancement, and a highly professional and productive work environment.


Interested candidates should submit as soon as possible a cover letter explaining their interest in the position, a resume, and two references (with telephone numbers)

by email: moscow@srji.org

or by fax: 495-915-08-29

No calls, please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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