European Roma Rights Centre Seeks a Legal Trainee

Deadline: 16 September 2014
Open to: recent law graduates in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine
Remuneration: paid position


The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee familiar with the legal system of one of the non EU Member States in which the ERRC is active to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals.

The ERRC offers a traineeship which will last up to two years for recent law graduates.  The trainee programme is designed to provide lawyers at the beginning of their legal careers with the training and skills needed to start a legal career that will have a positive impact on Roma communities.

The programme is designed to be flexible to allow the trainee to advance her/his career, and may therefore include, for example, education leave to prepare for the national bar exam or magistracy exam, secondment to a law office at national level to complete a traineeship needed to become a fully qualified lawyer, or other professional development opportunities.  The ERRC may be able to assist in identifying a suitable mentor at national level.  Candidates who are currently preparing for their bar exams should feel free to apply.  The ERRC will work with the successful candidate to design her/his traineeship.

The trainee will be based in Budapest, Hungary (with the possibility of a secondment at national level).


  • Law degree from one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine;
  • Significant experience living or working with Romani communities;
  • Knowledge of Roma-rights issues in Europe;
  • Ability to work in English;
  • Solid legal reasoning skills;
  • A commitment to advancing Roma rights, particularly through law.


  • Knowledge of Romani and any other European languages;
  • Advanced studies of human rights law, anti-discrimination law and related fields;
  • Previous work experience (paid or unpaid) in law offices or NGOs;
  • Understanding of the language and legal systems in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and/or Serbia.

Candidates of Roma background are specifically encouraged to apply.


Application deadline is 16 September 2014.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, together with an English-language legal writing sample and a list of two referees by email, toCsilla Kacso, Please mark the subject line: [First Name] [Surname] – legal trainee.

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