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ERRC Seeks Legal Trainee

19 August 2014

The ERRC has extended the deadline of this call until 21 October 2014.

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.


Essential requirements

  • 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.

Place of Work

Budapest, Hungary (with the possibility of a secondment at national level). The ERRC will also consider offering a traineeship to someone who wishes to be based in the country that will be the focus (or a focus) of her/his work, if we can make appropriate supervision arrangements.

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, before 21 October 2014, to:

Csilla Kacso, csilla.kacso@errc.org

Please mark the subject line: [First Name] [Surname] – legal trainee.

While actual recruitment to all ERRC jobs is strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin in its staff and therefore specifically encourages candidates of Roma background to apply.

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