HK Legal Fellowship: 2021-2022 Academic Year

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Hong Kong Legal Fellowship 2021-22

Justice Without Borders (“JWB”) is welcoming applications for the Legal Fellowship at our
Hong Kong Office during the 2021-22 academic year.
 

About Justice Without Borders

JWB is a regional non-profit organisation that supports migrant workers who have been victims of labour exploitation or human trafficking to seek fair compensation, even after they return home. With offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, we connect clients with pro bono lawyers, and facilitate cross-border legal support to ensure access to justice for vulnerable migrant workers, wherever they are.

We have successfully supported our clients to pursue a wide range of legal claims in Hong Kong, including but not limited to unpaid wages, disability discrimination, illegal agency fees, and more. We also secured a groundbreaking court decision in the Labour Tribunal, establishing precedent to allow claimants to attend proceedings through video conferencing facilities from abroad. Every day, we develop and pursue strategic litigation that will enable more migrant workers to pursue cross-border claims from Indonesia and the Philippines.

What our Fellows will be doing

Legal Fellows will engage in legal projects on behalf of migrant domestic workers who have been victims of labour and financial exploitation, discrimination, or survivors of abuse. As a Fellow, you will take an active role in one or more projects, including preparing cases for litigation, conducting strategic legal research, and preparing and participating in training workshops. You will also have the opportunity to work closely with our colleagues and partners across Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

 

Candidate Qualifications

Time commitment
We are looking for student volunteers who are passionate about access to justice for migrant domestic workers to join us part-time (around 10-15 hours per week) during the 2021-22 academic year between October 2021 to April 2022. If you have a time conflict but would still like the opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, please indicate your available time commitment in your application for our consideration.
Required:
● Currently studying a qualifying law degree (e.g. LLB, JD);
● Fluency in English with strong written and oral communication skills;
● Strong legal research skills;
● Ability to work well in a multicultural team;
● Excellent time management and organization skills;
● Willing to take initiative and actively address issues that come up during work; and
● Professionalism

Desirable but not required:
● Speaking, reading, and writing ability in Indonesian or Tagalog;
● Graphic design and layout skills;
● Photography skills;
● Knowledge of website and social media tools, including WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook.

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page statement of interest, CV, and a writing sample of no more than 10
pages to Ms. Jaime Wong at jaime@forjusticewithoutborders.org. In your application, please
indicate your available time period for the Fellowship.
Applications are due by 17 September 2021.
Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.