Legal Adviser / Senior Legal Adviser – International Law New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade - Manatū Aorere - Wellington

Closing Date: July 9, 2021

Legal Adviser / Senior Legal Adviser – International Law

•Lead advice to the government on international human rights law

•Support the implementation of New Zealand’s human rights obligations in domestic law

•Advise on a range of other international legal issues connected to human rights including United Nations issues, sanctions, counter-terrorism, and export controls.

The Legal Division at the Ministry of Foreign is looking for an experienced lawyer to join its General International Law Unit to help lead the provision of international law advice to the government, particularly in the area of human rights. This is an 18 month fixed term or secondment opportunity.

Kōrero mō te tūranga -About the role

Reporting to the Manager of the General International Law Unit, this role provides legal and policy analysis that supports New Zealand’s respect for international law, particularly in the area of human rights.

International human rights law is central to range of current and emerging challenges facing the international system. On any given day, you could be advising the government on human rights breaches in other countries, sanctions, export controls, responsible investment, forced labour, modern slavery and the development of detention policy. You will also work with other agencies to ensure New Zealand upholds the highest human standards at home and contribute to work to implement New Zealand’s obligations domestically, including in response to COVID-19.

The successful candidate or candidates will need to have appropriate legal qualifications (including the ability to hold a practicing certificate) and at least 3 years relevant experience, or 8 years for appointment as a Senior Legal Adviser.

The appointment range for this role is $94k to $129k – negotiable depending on experience.

For a confidential discussion please email  Andrew Williams at

Applications close at 9pm on Friday 9 July 2021.

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