Legal Analyst Job Opportunity


The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center


The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is an independent, non-profit and strictly non-partisan organization that promotes human rights and the rule of law in Iran by documenting and reporting on human rights abuses that are ignored, supported, and often perpetuated by the Iranian government. IHRDC's in-depth reports and legal analysis are published in Persian and English and are disseminated world-wide. IHRDC focuses on allegations of the most serious violations of human rights, such as murder, torture, unlawful imprisonment, enforced disappearance, sexual violence, and persecution on political, religious or gender grounds.


A key component of the mission of IHRDC is the Aadel human rights database, an archive of collected documents relating to human rights abuses in Iran. The documents, in English and Persian, are available to the public on the Center’s website, www.iranhrdc.org. The database is fully searchable.


Available Position


IHRDC currently has an opening for a Legal Analyst. The principal function of the Legal Analyst is to act as legal counsel and project manager on all aspects of international human rights and humanitarian law as they apply to thematic case studies of violations in Iran. The Legal Analyst will also interview witnesses, prepare witness statements, and research and draft project reports.


The position is available beginning on July 15, 2015, and is guaranteed through March 25, 2016, with the possibility of becoming permanent. Salary offered will be between $47,500 and $52,500 per annum, on experience and qualifications. The position offers excellent medical and retirement benefits.




  • Researching, drafting, editing and reviewing project reports and thematic case studies.


  • Researching relevant international treaty and customary law, in addition to case law of international and regional human rights courts and war crimes tribunals.


  • Researching relevant civil and criminal laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran and other jurisdictions, where appropriate.



  • Conducting interviews of witnesses and victims telephonically and in person, and drafting witness statements.


  • Assisting in the maintenance of the Aadel collection (the IHRDC’s human rights database) and developing relationships with the custodians of private human rights document collections.


  • Supervising and monitoring the progress of researchers, project assistants and interns.


  • Representing the IHRDC in human rights conferences and workshops, and fostering relationships with local, national and international organizations dedicated to the advancement of human rights.


Job Qualifications


Law degree (J.D. or L.L.B., L.L.M.) required.  Excellent legal analysis and writing skills required. Ability to read, write, speak and understand Persian and English is required. 


Knowledge particularly of Iran or of the Middle East, especially with regard to human rights issues, is desirable. Knowledge of international human rights, humanitarian law and public international law highly is desirable. Experience interviewing witnesses and taking statements is an asset.    


Candidates must be able to relocate to New Haven, Connecticut, and be able to travel domestically and internationally on occasion.  


To Apply


Applicants should email their resume, cover letter and writing sample by December 10, 2015 to jobs@iranhrdc.org or mail them to:


Rod Sanjabi

Executive Director

Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

129 Church Street, Suite 304

New Haven, CT 06510




Human Rights Researcher Job Opportunity

Available Position:

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has an immediate opening for a researcher capable of working in both Persian and English. The position is available, beginning on July 15, 2015 and is guaranteed through March 25, 2016, with the possibility of becoming permanent.

The successful applicant will work closely with IHRDC human rights lawyers to compile reports on systemic human rights abuses inside Iran. Salary offered is between USD $40,000 and $45,000 per annum, and will be based on experience and qualifications. The position offers excellent medical benefits and annual vacation.


  • Research current and historical events in Iran
  • Collect documents related to human rights investigations, including documents from official Iranian sources, international organizations, NGOs, foreign governments, newspaper clippings, photographs, and legal proceedings
  • Organize collected documents
  • Conduct  interviews of witnesses
  • Translate or compare documents between Persian and English versions of texts


Job Qualifications:

Fluent Persian language skills, including reading, writing and comprehension are required. Some knowledge of English is also required. An undergraduate degree is desirable but not necessary. Candidates must be able to relocate to New Haven, Connecticut. It is preferred that candidates be able to travel domestically and internationally.

To Apply:

Applicants should email their resume and a cover letter to jobs@iranhrdc.org by July 10, 2015 or mail it to:

Rod Sanjabi

Executive Director
Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
129 Church Street, Suite 304
New Haven, CT 06510





Internship Opportunity

The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in New Haven, Connecticut.  The Center was founded in 2004 by a group of human rights scholars, activists, and historians to document the patterns of human rights abuse in Iran and to promote accountability, a culture of human rights and the rule of law in Iran. 

IHRDC currently has two basic programs: (1) a human rights investigation, analysis and reporting program, and (2) an extensive document database (the Aadel Collection) that is available to persons in Iran and worldwide on the Center’s website at www.iranhrdc.org.

Internships:  The IHRDC invites applications from law school students seeking internships.  Interns can expect to perform the following: 

a) legal research in Iranian law and international human rights law;

b) factual research on human rights topics including murder, torture, gender-related violence, disappearances, and extrajudicial killings;

c) drafting of documents relating to human rights violations;

d) gathering, categorizing and compiling human rights-related documents issued by governments, media, and nongovernmental organizations; and

e) assistance in the development of the IHRDC’s human rights database


IHRDC also invites applications from university and post-graduate students who have the following skills: 

a)  knowledge of social media and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Balatarin)

b)  ability to edit video footage

c)  background in graphic design

d) web design knowledge (e.g. ability to layout HTML text, etc)


IHRDC particularly welcomes applications from students with a background in human rights law, or those with an ability to speak, read and write Persian.  Applicants should email their resume, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@iranhrdc.org.


Further information can be found on the IHRDC’s website at www.iranhrdc.org.


Volunteers and Interns

IHRDC welcomes the assistance of volunteers and interns with a variety of skill sets. Our volunteers include students eager to learn skills that will apply to their future professions, young professionals looking to use their extra time to promote human rights, and individuals using what they have learned over many years to assist a growing organization. Volunteers and interns will be expected to work at least 10-20 hours per week under the direction of the Executive Director.

Farsi-literate Volunteers and Interns: IHRDC particularly welcomes volunteers and interns with the ability to read Farsi.

Development Volunteers and Interns: Candidates should have an interest in fundraising, program development, and non-profit management. Experience working for a non-profit in one of these capacities is highly desirable but not necessary.

Research Volunteers and Interns: IHRDC’s internship program exposes law and university students to international human rights law and practice as well as the human rights situation in Iran. Applicants should email their resume and a cover letter to jobs@iranhrdc.org.

Ways to Get Involved:

There are many ways to get involved with the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. We’ve listed as many as we could below, but if you have additional ideas, please let our development team know (info@iranhrdc.org). Many supporters, volunteers and foundations have made IHRDC what it is today, and it is the support of you and others like you that will allow the organization to continue growing, and continue to promote accountability, respect for human rights and rule of law in Iran.

Tell a Friend about IHRDC

The easiest way to get involved is to let others know that you support what we’re doing. You can easily email somebody or share our work with your network by sending them our link. www.iranhrdc.org

You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter and Balatarin.

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Still Looking?

Here is a list of the many other ways you can help us:

• Let your local International Service Clubs know about the IHRDC’s efforts

• Blog about us

• Share an IHRDC post with your Facebook network

• Tell someone you know in the media about what we are doing

• Email 10 friends and tell them you support us and that they should too

• Reach out to 5 bloggers and let them know what we are doing

• Make us your charity on GoodSearch

• Have your birthday present be a one time, or even a monthly investment in the future of Iran.

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