Graduate Fellowship, Hong Kong Office

Justice Without Borders is a regional not-for-profit organisation that works to enable access to just compensation for victims of labour exploitation and human trafficking, even after they return home. Focusing on key countries in the Asia-Pacific region, JWB develops the networks, knowledge and knowhow needed to make access to justice a reality for migrant workers, no matter where they happen to be.

Learn more via social media or www.forjusticewithoutborders.org.

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The Graduate Legal Fellow will support the Hong Kong Head of Office and Legal Officer in carrying out casework, research and training programmes that are critical to developing cross-border access to justice for vulnerable migrant workers.

The position will contribute to advancing JWB Hong Kong’s ongoing strategic litigation for clients who are seeking remedies remotely from Indonesia and the Philippines. Our current litigation profile covers a range of civil claims for migrant workers who experienced labour exploitation, discrimination or abuse, or were subjected to financial exploitation by recruitment agencies and money lenders operating across Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Key responsibilities:

Casework: 

  • Conduct preliminary legal research and case analysis for incoming cases;
  • Prepare case packages and draft instructions for JWB’s pro bono lawyers;
  • Liaise with pro bono lawyers in Hong Kong, and home country staff members and partners to facilitate cross-border litigation;
  • Day-to-day management of ongoing cases.

Strategic legal research: Work with our student fellows and law firm partners to complete selected research. Topics will depend on the needs of ongoing cases.

Trainings for frontline casework volunteers and CPD workshops for pro bono lawyers:

  • Develop materials for training events;
  • Coordinate event logistics;
  • Prepare event write-ups.

PR/Operations: Prepare content of PR materials for stakeholders in Hong Kong; assist with administrative and reporting tasks common to a small non-profit organisation.

Fundraising: Assist the Executive Director and Hong Kong Head of Office in research on potential sources of funding, grant writing and organising JWB’s annual fundraisers.

Terms of Work

Duration: Immediate, lasting for 12 months.

Weekly hours: Full-time.

Stipend: Monthly at HK$12,000.

Qualifications

Essential qualifications:

  • Based in and eligible to work in Hong Kong;
  • Recent law graduate (LLB, JD, LLM, etc.);
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest causes;
  • Native/near native English and Chinese (Cantonese) ability, with excellent writing, communications, presentation and analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in an intellectual environment;
  • Exceptional team attitude and desire to work as part of a team that include pro bono volunteers and law students;
  • Willingness to learn and to go beyond one’s comfort zone;
  • Self-directed and able to follow through on tasks and responsibilities independently.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with non-profit organisations;
  • Experience in migrant worker issues or related fields;
  • Fluency in spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia or Tagalog.To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to: Justine Lam HongKong Head of Office justine@forjusticewithoutborders.org