About the role
There are still many areas in Australian society in which people from the LGBTIQA+ community experience unequal treatment and violations of their internationally recognised human rights. As such, this area is a critical focus of ALHR’s work.
Over the past five years ALHR’s LGBTIQA+ Subcommittee has drafted numerous submissions to national and international bodies, issued press releases and given media interviews, written letters to ministers and other parliamentarians, and hosted successful and informative events advancing human rights of LGBTIQA+ people.
Given ALHR’s commitment to providing young lawyers with a voice and mentorship in the practise of human rights law in Australia, we have created two youth-chair positions within the LGBTIQA+ Subcommittee.
The Youth-Chairs will support the work of the Co-chairs in leading ALHR’s work in the LGBTIQA+ rights space, at a local, national and international level. The successful applicants will be young lawyers or law students advanced in their studies who are passionate about LGBTIQA+ rights and will ideally have some knowledge, experience or expertise in the area. They will also be committed to ALHR’s inclusive constitutional purpose and the universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated nature of all human rights.
With the support and supervision of the LGBTIQA+ Subcommittee Senior Co-Chairs and the ALHR National Committee, the Youth Co-Chairs will also work to lead LGBTIQA+ rights advocacy initiatives that are especially relevant to children and young people, including through meeting with stakeholder groups, politicians, engaging in campaign work, contributing to social media communications and acting as a media spokesperson.
Applicants will also have:
- An ability to network with key legal, political and public figures in order to engage the general public on the business and human rights
- The capacity to engage in campaign work, contribute to social media communications and act as a media spokesperson when required.
- Legal research and drafting skills
- A commitment to ALHR’s aims and objectives.
ALHR Youth Co-Chairs are supported, guided by and accountable to their Committee Co-Chairs, ALHR’s National Committee and Executive Management Committee.
Please see the attached position description for further information.
About the organisation
ALHR was established in 1993 and is a national network of Australian solicitors, barristers, academics, judicial officers and law students who practise and promote international human rights law in Australia. ALHR has active and engaged national, state and territory committees as well as specialist national thematic committees. Through the provision of training, education, publications, CLE courses, conferences, seminars and mentoring, ALHR assists members to continue to develop their knowledge of human rights law and incorporate human rights principles into their areas of legal practice in Australia.
ALHR utilises thematic subcommittees to increase the impact of our advocacy and has adopted a co-chair management structure within them. A focus on thematic human rights areas has engaged our members allowing them to concentrate on particular human rights issues and enabling ALHR to deliver a key promise to our paid membership by offering them a voice on human rights and law reform in Australia. This thematic focus also serves to increase the impact of our strategic advocacy and enables ALHR to efficiently target areas of critical focus for Australian human rights practice.
How to apply
Please email expressions of interest including cover letter and CV to ALHR President Kerry Weste at email@example.com
If you have any questions about this role or would like to discuss the position further please contact Nicholas Stewart and Georgia Burke, Senior Co-Chairs ALHR LGBTIQA+ Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us and stand up for human rights
Please quote in application: Youth Chairs ALHR LGBTIQA+ Rights Committee via Pro Bono Australia.