Legal Advisor

Location:  Prague, Czech Republic
Estimated Start Date:  October 1, 2018

The CEELI Institute is seeking to hire a Legal Advisor to develop, manage and implement programs that promote rule of law through professional trainings; to conduct appropriate legal research in support of curricula development; to provide legal training and instruction; and to prepare articles for publication by the Institute.  Programs are delivered both in Prague and at offsite locations for an international audience. 

The CEELI Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, international provider of post-graduate, professional legal education headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic.  Our mission is to develop and train an international network of legal professionals committed to a rule of law. Through innovative training programs and other activities, we work with judges, lawyers, civil society, government officials, and other professionals in countries building laws-based societies to support fair, transparent, and effective judicial systems, strengthen democratic institutions, combat corruption, build respect for human rights, and promote the continuing development of market economies.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Russian and English – written and spoken
  • Graduate level Law degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the practice of law, with experience in human rights issues
  • Substantial experience with using international public law instruments and comparative law materials
  • Experience in teaching or training, and in preparing and designing training programs
  • Availability to travel internationally – up to 25% of their time
  • The candidate must also demonstrate flexibility and a willingness to undertake administrative and logistical tasks that arise in the course of planning and implementing training programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with not-for profit organizations
  • Experience in preparing and/or filing cases before the European Court for Human Rights
  • Proven track record implementing grants
  • Training and/or experience in Russian law
  • Experience with program design and management in the Eurasia region

Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide legal expertise, research and program content in support of the CEELI Institute’s programs, including but not limited to programs designed for Russian legal practitioners
  • Develop and design substantive curricula and faculty guidance for legally focused programs
  • Serve as a lead trainer for legal education programs, including programs on the use of international mechanisms for human rights defense
  • Provide thought leadership for the Institute on the development of legal and human rights programs
  • Assist in drafting donor reports
  • Assist in developing program proposals
  • Prepare and edit reports and publications for the Institute (in English and/or Russian) on relevant legal topics and issues
  • Assist in the formation and coordination of fellowship programs for Russian and Eurasian attorneys and human rights defenders

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a one page statement of why you are interested in working for the CEELI Institute, to Mariya Gorodnytska at

Candidates who do not have a current right of employment within the Czech Republic should understand that while the CEELI Institute will assist with supporting applications for a Czech work visa, the process can be lengthy and the outcome cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Closing Date:  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis