Hong Kong Legal Fellowship: Summer 2020

Justice Without Borders (JWB) is welcoming applications for our Summer Legal Fellowship programme in its Hong Kong office.

Fellows will engage in legal projects on behalf of migrant workers who have been victims of labour exploitation and abuse, covering Hong Kong and other countries in the region. As a Fellow, you will take on an active role in one or more projects that may include preparing cases for potential litigation, strategic legal research to support future litigation, and preparing and participating in training workshops. You will also have the opportunity to coordinate with partners across the region, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Please note that the Fellowship is a professional engagement, with students treated as junior staff in the organization. While experience with migrant worker issues is a plus, it is not required. We are looking for students who are interested in our issue area, self-motivated, can work in a team, and are not afraid to take on new challenges outside of their comfort zone.


About JWB

JWB is a regional not-for-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, 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.

In Hong Kong, with our pro bono lawyers’ support, we have recently secured a groundbreaking court decision allowing our client to attend Labour Tribunal proceedings through video conferencing facilities from abroad, and are continuing to develop strategic litigation that will enable more migrant workers to pursue cross-border legal claims from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Candidate Qualifications


Time commitment:
The Legal Fellowship spans the summer of 2020, commencing in Mid-May 2020. The time commitment required of Legal Fellows for the duration of the Fellowship are as follows (all Fellowship work must be conducted at our JWB office in Sai Ying Pun).

• Summer Fellowship (Mid-May to End of August 2020):
➢ Full-time
➢ 8 hours/day, Monday to Friday in JWB office
➢ Priority will be given to those who can commit to a minimum of 8 weeks.
➢ Priority will be given to those who can also commit to staying on for the 2020-2021 Academic Year Fellowship Programme (September 2020 to May 2021)

If you have a day / time conflict but would still like the opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, please indicate your available dates and time commitment in your application.


• Fluency in English with strong writing and oral communication skills;
• Strong legal research skills;
• Ability to work well in a team and co-ordinate the division of work with other Fellows;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with different deadlines;
• Good time management skills;
• Willing to take initiative and actively address issues that come up in the flow of work;
• Have their own laptop with Microsoft Office, and ability to communicate via web applications (email, calendar) throughout the day; and
• Professionalism: JWB treats its Fellows as professionals who are entrusted with high levels of responsibility.


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


To Apply:

Please submit a one-page statement of interest, a CV and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages to Justine Lam at justine@forjusticewithoutborders.org and Nanor Wong at nanor@forjusticewithoutborders.org. Please indicate your available and preferred time period for the Fellowship.

Applications are due by 5 May, 2020 (Monday). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter.

Questions about the Fellowship? E-mail us.

For more information, visit:

Our website: www.forjusticewithoutborders.org; or
Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/forjusticewithoutborders