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Legal Adviser / Legal Officer / Kaitohutohu Ture

Human Rights Commission
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Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. We promote and protect the human rights of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are looking for a junior or intermediate lawyer to join our Legal Team in Wellington.

Openings in our small legal team are rare, and there is a real opportunity for the right candidate to learn and grow in this role.

The work is interesting and rewarding, covering the application of international and New Zealand human rights instruments including te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are looking for someone with a deep interest in human rights. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in indigenous rights and experience or interest in the criminal justice sector.

You will be joining a team which is responsible for providing expert legal and policy advice, participating in legal proceedings, undertaking research and evaluation for the Commission, preparing submissions for Select Committees, liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and monitoring New Zealand's compliance with international human rights obligations. 

The role suits a self-motivated and well-organised lawyer, with clear communication skills. You will advise on the application of the Human Rights Act and carry out research to support international processes relating to a range of human rights, as well as being responsible for aspects of our Official Information Act and Privacy Act compliance.

Your work will also include coordinating the national group monitoring New Zealand's compliance with the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

The Commission is working towards operating as Treaty-based organisation, and we value skills that will support that development.

The role is full time and Wellington based.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Apply by email to the same address by Sunday 19 August 2018. (Please email rather than using the "apply online" button.)

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