Asylum Lawyer

Role Asylum Lawyer
Start date Immediate
Organisation European Lawyers in Lesvos (www.elil.eu)
Location Lesvos, Greece
Duration Permanent
Role Full-time (9.30 – 17.00 Monday – Friday)

 

Background

The ‘European Lawyers in Lesvos Project’ is a joint legal assistance project between the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the German Bar Association (DAV). These organisations represent the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 13 further associate and observer countries across Europe, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers.

The main aim of the project is to send volunteer European asylum lawyers to Lesvos to provide pro bono legal assistance to individuals applying for international protection. The volunteer lawyers support, and work closely with, their Greek colleagues from the Mytilene Bar Association.

The project is one of only a small number of legal assistance projects with permission to work in Moria Reception and Identification Center on Lesvos. It has been operational in Moria since early August 2016. Our work has two core elements. Our primary focus is the provision of one-on-one legal consultations to help applicants prepare for their first instance asylum admissibility/eligibility interviews – in doing this, we are the only legal assistance project that focuses on providing information, practical support and tailored advice for applicants at the first instance stage of the asylum process. We also provide assistance to adults and unaccompanied minors with regard to their family reunification applications.

We have up to 6 volunteer asylum lawyers on Lesvos at any given time. We have so far welcomed 86 volunteer lawyers from 15 different countries. All the project’s volunteer lawyers are practising and experienced European asylum lawyers who have been identified through a rigorous application and selection process. The team also includes a full-time, legally-trained project coordinator, a full-time Greek asylum lawyer as legal coordinator, two legal assistants, full-time Arabic and Farsi interpreters and a Greek coordinator from the Mytilene Bar Association.

In total, we have provided assistance to over 1,950 cases so far, over 1,550 of which have received first instance interview advice from our volunteer lawyers. Overall, we have assisted over 2,800 people. All consultations are provided in our offices in Moria, to ensure privacy and confidentiality are preserved.

There are currently around 4,500 people in Moria and almost all require legal assistance. To help provide this – and therefore ensure individuals are able to realise their rights – we are looking to recruit a committed and experienced asylum lawyer to join our team in Lesvos, Greece to provide legal assistance to applicants for international protection.

Role

The start date for this role is as soon as possible. We offer a competitive salary, details of which are available on request.

The role reports to the Legal Coordinator.

The role is based in Lesvos, Greece.

Role responsibilities

  • Providing individual legal assistance, counselling, information and, where applicable, representation for applicants for international protection
  • Researching and drafting submissions in support of applications for international protection, where applicable
  • Assisting with family reunification applications under the Dublin Regulation
  • Responsibility for an interesting and varied case load
  • Developing and maintaining good relations with applicants for international protection, relevant stakeholders and other actors
  • Representing European Lawyers in Lesvos in legal aid/protection coordination meetings, as required

Skills and experience required

  • Law degree and registration with a Greek Bar Association
  • In depth knowledge of Greek asylum law
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Greek skills
  • Excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills
  • At least two years’ experience of practising asylum law, preferably with experience of working for an international organisation or INGO/NGO
  • Experience of providing face-to-face legal assistance in a humanitarian/emergency context
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. international law, human rights, refugee law, international relations) desirable
  • Experience with asylum or refugee status determination procedures and working in a humanitarian/emergency response desirable
  • Knowledge of international refugee law and human rights law desirable
  • Ability to adapt to a changing legal, humanitarian/emergency-response environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment and to cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills and experience of establishing good working relationships with a variety of people of different nationalities
  • Capable of being proactive and working independently
  • Passionate about supporting the rights of refugees and migrants
  • Culturally sensitive
  • High professional ethics

To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter in English by email to the Project Coordinator, Philip Worthington (pworthington@elil.eu).

Closing date for submission of applications: 16 October 2017.

Applications will be processed as they come and the position maybe filled before the above deadline. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.