Vacancy Announcement: Junior Legal Officer

We are seeking to immediately recruit a Junior Legal Officer to join our Pro Bono Unit, as part of our implementation of the project ‘Documentation = Employability‘, funded by the European Social Fund.

Recruitment Policies

aditus foundation is an independent, voluntary and non-profit organisation established with a mission to monitor, act and report on access to fundamental human rights. Our work includes advocacy, research, capacity building and provision of pro bono legal services in the field of asylum, migration, LGBTIQ+ rights and individual rights and freedoms.

We are seeking to recruit motivated individuals to join our team of human rights advocates in Malta. Our team consists of 4 permanent staff members, supported by a dynamic group of interns and trainees.

aditus is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, citizenship, and (dis)ability.

Primary Responsibilities

The Junior Legal Officer will be a new addition to our Pro Bono Unit, extending our team to enable us to offer a more comprehensive professional legal service to beneficiaries.

In particular, the Junior Legal Officer will be primarily responsible for the provision of legal services to clients in the various fields, including asylum, migration, LGBTIQ+, etc. The Junior Legal Officer will form part of our Pro Bono Unit and will report to Legal Officer.

Individual case-work with clients covers the following activities:

  • Preparation and delivery of information;
  • Interventions with relevant authorities, including email correspondence, legal submissions, participation in client meetings, etc.;
  • Participation at tribunal sittings;
  • Preparation of submissions for our strategic litigation cases in Maltese Courts;
  • Representation of beneficiaries in Court sittings;
  • Assisting clients during client drop-in days and visiting clients in open and closed centres;
  • Providing support to the Legal Officer in the formulation and implementation of our legal strategy;
  • Liaison with the Case Officer to ensure a comprehensive case management approach to our beneficiaries;
  • General human rights support to our beneficiaries.

Required Qualifications

We are looking for a candidate who can effectively demonstrate the following:

  • University degree in law or legal studies, having covered international/Maltese human rights law;
  • At least 1 year experience working as a lawyer within the Maltese legal system;
  • Excellent research and drafting skills (English and Maltese);
  • Willingness to travel for seminars and conferences, as these arise;
  • Fluency in English and Maltese;
  • Ability to work in a small team and in a fast-paced environment;
  • A commitment to diversity which respects differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion and ability. In particular, a commitment to respect the Code of Conduct of the Malta Refugee Council.

Offer

We are able to offer the following to the selected candidate:

  • Immediate and full-time engagement;
  • 18-month contract, with the possibility of this being converted to an indefinite contract;
  • Salary package that is commensurate with experience;
  • Statutory vacation and sick leave;
  • A flexible and family-friendly working environment;
  • A fun and committed group of colleagues!

Application Procedure

Please send applications to Katarzyna De Wilde, our Programmes Officer, at [email protected], attaching a (1) covering letter, (2) updated CV with at least 1 reference by not later than 3 May 2021

All applications should include ‘Junior Legal Officer position’ in the subject line.





Malta and national minorities: what does the Council of Europe say?

Fifth Opinion of Malta of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Council of Europe, 18 February 2021

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities rendered its Fifth Opinion of Malta, despite the absence of a state report and a country visit. The conclusions and recommendations reflect Malta’s long-standing political, cultural and social issues regarding integration, discrimination, hate crime and hate speech.

‘No national minorities in Malta’?

Under the scope of the Council of Europe, national minorities are meant to be protected by the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM). This is a legally binding document adopted in 1994 that Malta signed in 1995 and ratified in 1998. It is currently in force in 38 other states.

By signing and ratifying the FCNM, Malta committed to “respect, ensure the protection of national minorities, to promote full and effective equality of persons belonging to minorities in economic, social political, public and cultural” spheres as well as to ensure their “freedom of assembly, association, expression, thought, conscience, religion, access to and use of the media, linguistic freedom and right to education”

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New projects for 2021!

We’re happy to present the list of new projects we’ll be working on this year. These projects cover a broad range of issues…from statelessness to sex work from child detention to undocumented migrants…pretty much reflecting the needs we’ve identified in several sectors. Many of these initiatives will commence this year and flow into 2022. They join the projects we started last year, with the entire list giving you an idea of how busy we are but also of the human rights issues Malta still needs to address.

Contrary to what most people think, a long list of projects is not necessarily a good thing. Whilst it does mean that we’re able to address several human rights concerns, it also means that our work runs the risk of being fragmented and boxed within the constraints of specific projects: timelines, ear-marked budgets, constant reporting.

Human rights advocacy, by definition, is very difficult to squeeze into a finite project. Goals are generally long-term, targets not always reached and activities usually involve meeting stakeholders, initiating dialogue and other ‘soft’ elements that are hard to measure, evaluate and report on. Yet of course we count ourselves lucky that we have access to project funds to carry out our work, and thank all funding entities for these opportunities.

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Malta must adopt a rights-based approach to national anti-racism plans

This is the Introduction to our submissions presented to the Parliamentary Secretariat for Equality and Reform for its consultation on the adoption of a national anti-racism action plan. Essentially, we are urging Government to place human dignity at the heart of its national framework by adopting a rights-based approach to national anti-racism plans.

The full document may be downloaded here.


aditus foundation enthusiastically welcomes Malta’s commitment towards establishing a national action plan to combat racism and xenophobia. This step has the potential of dramatically improving the well-being of thousands of persons living in Malta, whilst simultaneously confirming that Malta is truly committed to upholding the inherent dignity and equality of all persons.

It has always been a key concern of aditus foundation that a country becoming increasingly diverse has failed to muster the courage to engage with this sensitive theme. There is no excuse for the inaction of successive Governments. Year after year, hate speech against racial minorities has grown in volumes and intensity, with social media platforms now entirely dedicated to promoting – directly or indirectly – racial superiority, Nazism, fascism and the suppression of minority groups. The incidence of racially-motivated hate crimes is also of serious concern, the 2019 brutal murder of Lassana Cisse a stark wake-up call for the entire nation. Whilst these incidents have generally targeted the African migrant population, several other communities suffer discrimination on the basis of their membership – or attributed membership – to an ethnic or racial minority, including Maltese nationals.

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