Global Freedom of Expression


Job Posting: Legal Adviser on Freedom of Expression

The UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Irene Khan, is looking for a Legal Adviser to join her team.

The key priority areas of the Special Rapporteur are:

  • Impact of digital technology on freedom of opinion and expression
  • Media freedom and safety of journalists
  • Relevance of freedom of opinion and expression to economic, social and cultural rights
  • Freedom of opinion and expression as a means of empowering women and girls

The Legal Adviser will:

  • Research, analyze and provide legal advice on national and international laws, jurisprudence and policies in areas relating to the mandate
  • Provide expert guidance and make substantive contribution into the reports to the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly
  • Research and draft thematic papers and background briefings on issues identified by the Special Rapporteur
  • Participate in consultations and investigations into human rights situations.

Post graduate degree in public international law with specialization in international human rights law, research, legal and policy experience in human rights. Five years of direct experience on legal and policy issues relating to freedom of expression. Expertise on digital rights a decided advantage.

Excellent drafting skills in English essential.

The position is outside the UN system and initially for one year. The incumbent can be based at a location of his/her choice but should be available during a part of European office hours. Competitive INGO terms and conditions of employment. Although full time availability is preferred, a part-time arrangement can be arranged for a candidate in academia or a policy think tank.

Please send CV and cover letter to  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  



Irene Khan

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Former Director-General International Development Law Organization