Programme Director (Law and Policy), Amnesty International


London, UK


Thursday, September 29, 2022

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£76,280 per annum


Full Time




Not Stated

Job Description

Job Purpose

The Law and Policy Director provides leadership and vision in the development and application of international law and policy for the Amnesty International Movement and the broader human rights movement. They ensure that Amnesty International maintains an effective role in pushing for the development and implementation of legal standards and norms in order to empower human rights activism globally. They ensure the Programme's staff provide expert advice and review and engage in carefully selected and strategic research, advocacy and strategic litigation to influence international and national standards, institutions and policies relating to key human rights themes led by the programme.


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Role and Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that legal and policy advisers provide expertise and advice and ongoing training to IS staff and the wider AI movement to ensure that Amnesty's outputs accurately reflect relevant legal standards, are consistent with AI's policies and are of high quality.

  • Oversee the human rights policy development and curation process, including engaging with the wider Amnesty movement on key human rights policies.

  • Provide overall leadership over the delivery of the programme's thematic focuses, including research, legal and policy analysis, advocacy and strategy development in fields such as holding and expanding civic space, securing remedy for crimes under international law, tackling human rights impact of punitive criminal justice approaches, control over the trade in and use of policing equipment and other weapons, ending the death penalty, protecting children's rights, with addressing discrimination as a key objective within each of these themes.

  • Act as an ambassador for the organization on law and policy issues.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications 

  • Significant experience and expertise in the field of human rights law and policy development, and in public interest litigation, external representation, media and communications, and the management of people and other resources.

  • Ability to work well with legal and policy experts, media experts, campaigners and advocates, regional experts and researchers, thematic experts and researchers, and the ability to facilitate communication among different parts of the IS and the AI movement.

  • Accomplished written and oral presentation skills

  • Commitment and ability to effectively manage and professionally develop the staff in the Programme and to lead, inspire, motivate and facilitate their own and other teams to collaborate/support one another to deliver integrated and co-ordinated interventions.

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