IHL Fellowship

Logo_American Red CrossAre you interested in pursuing a career in international law or policy? Do you enjoy discussing and learning about international humanitarian law and relevant global issues? Do you enjoy research and writing?

If so, we are looking for you!

The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

We are looking for an (unpaid) Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.


  • Working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs;
  • Research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog;
  • Compile updates on current IHL issues;
  • Create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally;
  • Develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements;
  • Assist with logistics, and draft content and scenarios for the Clara Barton IHL Moot Court Competition;
  • Monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks;
  • Gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes; and
  • An opportunity to work with the IHL Director to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline;
  • Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential;
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools;
  • Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge;
  • Passion for international law issues and humanitarian values;
  • Interest in educational development;
  • Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure;
  • Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. This position will begin September 1, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to ihlaw@redcross.org by August 1, 2016.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Law team’s mission, please see: http://www.redcross.org/humanityinwar.

2 responses to “IHL Fellowship

  1. Hello, I am extremely interested in this position as it is exactly what I have been wanting to be a part of. I do have a Masters degree in International Law from the UN mandated University of Peace, but I do have a J.D degree. I have taught International Law at a University previously and am currently working for the Red Cross as an intern for IHL. I was wondering if I would still be considered given that I’m not a law graduate?
    Thank you,

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