The Socio-Economic Rights Institue of South Africa (SERI) is looking to appoint a director of litigation to join the SERI Law Clinic. 

SERI is one of South Africa’s leading human rights organisations, and is internationally recognised for its award-winning work. SERI’s record of success in a wide range of public interest litigation is particularly well-known. SERI’s practice involves a heavy caseload of challenging, high-quality work, addressing a wide range of constitutional, administrative, property, and criminal law issues. 

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation will be responsible for shaping and implementing SERI’s litigation strategy across its three themes of work: “Securing a Home”, “Making a Living” and “Expanding Political Space”. The successful candidate will lead a team of attorneys who provide advice and representation to social movements, communities and individuals seeking to enforce their socio-economic rights in a variety of contexts. He or she will also be expected to develop SERI's profile and outreach with communities, media, the government and donors.

We’re looking for someone with the following qualifications, skills and experience - 

  • Bachelor of Laws Degree. A higher degree in law or the social sciences would be an added advantage. 
  • Admitted to practice as an attorney or advocate in South Africa. However, SERI will consider applications from exceptional candidates who qualified outside South Africa, and who are committed to gaining the necessary qualifications to practice in South Africa. 
  • At least 5 years’ experience of public law litigation. 
  • Prior engagement with human rights advocacy and research.
  • Experience in the training and mentorship of junior lawyers
  • Excellent written English. 
  • A record of interest in and engagement with any area of work in which SERI is currently active. 
  • Experience in media strategy and communications and/or community-based advocacy and training.

SERI offers a competitive salary, which is based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. The appointment will take effect on 1 January 2022. 

SERI is committed to transformation. Black South Africans and women are strongly encouraged to apply for this post. 

If you are interested in this post, please send your CV, two unedited samples of recent written work, together with a covering letter, to Princess Nkuna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In your covering letter, please provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI in particular, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post. Generalised covering letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered. The closing date for applications is Friday 22 October 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for interview in November 2021.

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