The CEELI Institute in Prague seeks a Judicial Specialist for a short-term (two to three month) pro-bono volunteer assignment. This position will be based at CEELI Institute headquarters in Prague.

Position: Judicial Specialist (Pro Bono)  

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Estimated Start Date:  April 2017
Duration of Assignment:  Two-Three Months

 Applications considered on a rolling basis

The Judicial Specialist will work with CEELI Institute staff on the development of practical tools for the support of the judiciary. The Institute has been a leader in working with judges from across Europe in the development of such instruments, including the landmark Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice: A Thematic Compilation of International Standards, Policies and Best Practices, which we continue to update, revise and expand. The specialist would contribute to ongoing efforts related to this project, and would also work with CEELI staff and regional judges on the development of additional practical tools intended to be of use to judges in their day-to-day work and in the handling of their cases. A key component of this effort is design tools which incorporate and reference relevant international guidance on law and practice. The tools are also intended to be practical in nature, providing judges with menus of judicial procedures or practices that they are able to adopt, modify or put in place in their courtroom or in their handling of the case without first seeking changes or amendments to their own criminal procedure codes.

The Judicial Specialist would also be expected to work with Institute staff in the implementation of our judicial programming, to include development of curricula and training materials, assistance with identification of expert faculty, and participation in the organization of programs. The Judicial Specialist would be expected to contribute to new program design and to offer ideas on innovative and effective approaches to program implementation. Finally, the Judicial Specialist would be expected to maintain a cooperative working relationship with program partners and other development partners, assist Institute staff with the development of grant proposals, and contribute to the implementation of other Institute activities as requested.


A Juris Doctor or equivalent law degree;

  • At least seven years of work experience as a lawyer or judge;
  • Substantial demonstrable experience working on issues relating to international and comparative law;
  • Demonstrable experience in implementing capacity-building and/or training activities in the area of rule of law or democracy and governance;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Additional Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in teaching and curricula development;
  • Experience in developing and preparing a network of faculty contacts;
  • Experience developing manuals of rules and procedures for legal or judicial professionals;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Published work on topics of international or comparative law as relates to issues of advancing the Rule of Law, Human Rights or the Role of the Judiciary.

The CEELI Institute will provide housing, as well as a monthly stipend for per diem expenses. Travel costs to Prague, as well as any regional travel costs, will also be paid by the Institute.


The CEELI Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, international provider of post-graduate, professional legal education headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic. Our mission is to develop and train an international network of legal professionals committed to a rule of law. Through innovative training programs and other activities, we work with judges, lawyers, officials and other professionals in countries building laws-based societies to support fair, transparent, and effective judicial systems, strengthen democratic institutions, build respect for human rights, and promote the continuing development of market economies.

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