HK Legal Fellowship: Spring & Summer 2022

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Hong Kong Spring Semester and Summer Legal Fellowships 2022

Justice Without Borders (“JWB”) is welcoming applications for the Spring Semester and Summer Legal Fellowship programs at our Hong Kong Office in 2022.

About Justice Without Borders

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

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) or full-time. Our Spring Semester Fellowship is between January to June 2022, while the Summer Fellowship is between June to September 2022.Priority will be given to those who can join us for both the Spring Semester and and at least 4-6 weeks during the Summer. 

Candidate Qualifications

We are looking for students who are interested in our area of work, self-motivated, able to work in a team, and are not afraid to take on new challenges outside of their comfort zone. While experience with migrant domestic worker issues is a plus, it is not required. 

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 organisation 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 Tagalog or Bahasa Indonesia; 
  • Graphic design and layout skills;
  • Photography skills; and
  • Knowledge of website and social media tools, including WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page statement of interest, CV, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages to Ms. Celine Chan at celine@forjusticewithoutborders.org. In your application, please indicate your available time period for the Fellowship.

Applications are due by 10 December 2021. 

Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.