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Human Rights Solicitor | Rōia - Wellington

11 September 2019

Applications are invited for the position of solicitor (rōia) for the Office of Human Rights Proceedings (Te Tari Whakatau Take Tika Tangata). This position will be a junior-intermediate role supporting senior litigators.

The Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and we encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity and the different perspectives such diversity brings to our work. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on any ground. We are open to flexible working arrangements.

We envision the role will be full time, and based in Auckland.

The position:

  • OHRP provides free legal representation in discrimination and harassment cases under the Human Rights Act 1993, and breach of privacy cases under the Privacy Act 1993. This includes acting for clients in settlement negotiations, mediations, and proceedings before the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
  • The Office is a small team, headed by the Director of Human Rights Proceedings, and currently supported by two Senior Solicitors, a Legal Executive and part-time law clerks.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assisting the Director to assess applications for legal representation.
  • Drafting legal opinions, submissions, correspondence and pleadings.
  • Appearing as counsel in the Human Rights Review Tribunal and courts.
  • Providing legal advice and representation to clients, including in relation to settlement negotiations and
  • Tribunal proceedings.

The successful candidate may be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to write clearly.
  • An interest in discrimination, privacy and international human rights law.
  • Litigation/advocacy experience.
  • Resilience.
  • Some experience in working with vulnerable individuals/groups would be ideal.
  • Experience working in or around community or advocacy organisations a plus, but is not required.
  • Lived experience as a member of vulnerable or marginalised groups/communities, or shown empathy in working with these groups, is a plus, but is not required.

The full accountabilities are set out in the attached job description, available on our website:

If you require assistance or support through the application process, please let us know, so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.

Queries can be directed to Jordan Pearson, at

To express your interest in this role please send your CV and covering letter to:
Attention: Michael Timmins, Director of Human Rights Proceedings

Applications close at 9.00 am on 26 September 2019.

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Last updated on the 12th September 2019