11 May 2021 5:27 PM | Jodi Balsam (Administrator)

CORNELL LAW SCHOOL is hiring an Associate Director of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

The Associate Director will play a central role in the leadership of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, helping to direct the Center’s work and envision its future. The Associate Director’s tasks will include the organization of training programs for capital defenders; drafting of reports, factsheets, and training materials; oversight of research and technical development of the Center’s database on the death penalty around the world; liaising with the Center’s partners around the world; coordinating activities relating to World Day Against the Death Penalty and the Center’s Alice Project (which seeks to document and expose gender bias in the application of the death penalty);  representing the Center at meetings and conferences in the US and internationally; fundraising; and supervising research associates, law student researchers, undergraduate interns, and volunteers.

This grant funded position is for a one-year term, with the possibility of extension based on performance and funding availability. The position is based in Ithaca, NY and candidates will be required to relocate if necessary.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in a field connected to human rights and/or criminal law or equivalent. A demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights, particularly in the sphere of criminal law. Excellent writing and communication skills. Exceptional legal research skills, including creative problem-solving. Familiarity with the framework of international human rights law. A high degree of organization and attention to detail. Strong creative and strategic thinking abilities. Ability and enthusiasm for mentoring younger staff and volunteers. Patience and flexibility. Enthusiasm for working in a feminist and multicultural workspace, and highly developed cross-cultural communication skills. Willingness to travel internationally, if consistent with public health conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

A law degree from any country or jurisdiction. Fluency in French (reading, writing, and speaking). Experience in non-profit management, supervising a team, and organizing events and/or trainings. Experience as a human rights advocate and/or criminal defense lawyer. Experience in the field of gender rights.

To apply:

Please visit to submit your application.

Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials:

  1. Cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the position.
  2. CV or resume.
  3. Two (2) unedited writing samples in English, ideally on a topic relevant to law or policy; and one (1) writing sample in French if applicable.
  4. List of two (2) professional references.

To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by June 1, 2021.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

About Us:

The mission of the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide is to bridge critical gaps in advocacy around the death penalty through training, research, and litigation. The Center publishes reports and manuals on issues of practical relevance to defense lawyers, governments, courts, and organizations grappling with questions relating to the application of the death penalty. Its online database, which is continuously updated, provides comprehensive, transparent data on the death penalty laws and practices of all countries and territories that retain the death penalty. Through the Alice Project, the Center has spearheaded a global movement to document and expose gender bias in the application of the death penalty. More information is available at

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for over 100 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has approximately 40 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has pre-eminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

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