Legal Fellowship

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September 2021 – September 2022

Salary: unpaid

Duration: The fellowship will last for a period of 12 months, starting in September 2021


MRG’s legal department focuses on strategic litigation on minority rights and indigenous issues, together with holistic advocacy designed to complement the litigation. The Fellow will assist in identifying gaps in the law for selection of new cases and will also assist in research and writing of legal memos in support of existing cases. The Fellow will draft legal pleadings and correspondence in pending cases. The Fellow will be involved in paralegal training, media work, and formal policy and advocacy work. The Fellow will also contribute to the development, planning and backing of funding proposals for new areas of work. Finally, the Fellow will be responsible for undertaking research on emerging standards in international law that relate to minorities and indigenous peoples. The issues we deal with are as diverse as securing rights to land and natural resources in East Africa to ensuring participation in political processes in Bosnia.

MRG currently has experience litigating cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. MRG has also supported litigation before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The litigation focuses primarily on land rights, political participation and wider anti-discrimination issues.  For a full overview of our legal work, you are encouraged to visit our website – see

What we offer

The Fellow will gain thorough, hands-on experience of MRG’s legal work. Their full engagement in the research, analysis and drafting of cases is essential. As much of our work covers new legal ground, we also count on their creativity to help establish new jurisprudence. In the past, Fellows have for example been involved in developing arguments on the right to life for an indigenous land rights case against Kenya. These were subsequently argued before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Fellow can also expect to have significant contact with MRG’s partner organisations, with MRG staff in other international offices, and with staff in other departments in London.The Fellowship is open to law graduates.  Candidates must have finished their degree by the time they start the Fellowship.  We require Fellow(s) to demonstrate strong research skills on both electronic legal databases (e.g. Lexis Nexis) and library materials. Fellows must also have show excellent legal writing skills. Fellows must have an understanding of international human rights law.  Some degree of familiarity with economic, social and cultural rights, as well as minority rights and/or indigenous rights is also ideal, but not essential. For candidates with little or no knowledge of this area, we would ask for some detail on how their skills can be beneficial to our programme.


Ideally, the Fellow(s) would also be able to at least to read in a second or third language (French being particularly desirable). Experience conducting human rights research in the field is desirable. Experience working in partnership with human rights or related organisations in the field is also desirable.

Due to the long term nature of the fellowship, we do give preference to applicants who are able to secure the backing of an institution (e.g. university, law firm) to help cover their expenses.



If you do not already have a visa / permission to work in the UK, MRG can provide support for candidates’ visa applications.

For more information about the fellowship, please download the role description.


How to apply

Please send a CV, covering letter and short writing sample by 15 October 2020 to

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