Opportunity: Fellowship: Avon Global Center for Women and Justice

Deadline:          May 1, 2014

Location:          Ithaca, New York

Organization:    Avon Global Center for Women & Justice


The Avon Global Center for Women & Justice at Cornell Law School is seeking applications for its 2014-15 Women and Justice Fellowship.  The position will begin in August 2014.  The appointment is for one year, but reappointment for a second term is possible. The Fellow will play an integral role in executing and further developing the Center’s initiatives.

The Center works with judges, legal practitioners, civil society advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to end gender-based violence.  The Center’s initiatives focus on advancing access to justice and the international rule of law, with an emphasis on defending the human rights of women and girls.  For more information, please visit the Avon Global Center for Women & Justice website at

This fellowship offers varied experience in the areas of international human rights and gender justice, including legal research, clinical teaching, and project management.  In addition to working with the Center team, the Fellow will interact with students, faculty, judges, and advocates from diverse countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  Cornell Law School provides an intellectually engaging work atmosphere, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Fellow responsibilities will include:

  • researching and drafting memoranda in response to requests by judges for legal research assistance;
  • conducting original research for Center-produced publications;
  • providing support for and supervising students undertaking projects through the Global Gender Justice Clinic, a law school clinical course;
  • assisting with planning and managing Center programs, events, and outreach initiatives, including the annual Women & Justice Conference;
  • acting as content editor and strategist for Center publicity, including website and social media networks; and
  • furthering the development of the Center’s online legal resources collection, including research and analysis of case law from the US and other countries, as well as scholarly articles and reports.



  • J.D. or LL.M.
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a diverse range of projects and initiatives
  • Demonstrates interest in international human rights, comparative law, and/or gender justice issues

At least two years of relevant professional work experience preferred.  Experience in international legal research and in website and/or database management is helpful.

Start date:  August 2014.

Salary and health benefits and access to university facilities.

Application deadline: May 1, 2014.  As applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early application is strongly encouraged.

To apply: Applicants should email a cover letter discussing their interest and qualifications, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (maximum length 10 pages), and contact information for three references to Karla Creech, Program Assistant (

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

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