Bilingual Attorney--Colombia Project
Corporate Accountability Lab
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Salary: $60,000
- Contract Type: Full-time, two-year duration
- Rolling application
Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL) brings together design thinking and human rights expertise to protect people and the planet from corporate abuse. CAL is a young, growing nonprofit, ready to scale up its operations, research, and outreach. CAL is looking for a team member who is comfortable with a diversity of tasks, self-initiates, and enjoys working in a collaborative and creative environment.
The Bilingual Attorney will be an active member of our dynamic team, reporting to the co-directors. The ideal candidate is highly organized, self-motivated, passionate about human rights and corporate accountability, fluent in English and Spanish, and comfortable with international travel, including to remote Global South locations.
From the mid-1990’s to the mid-2000’s, Colombia’s illegal armed groups benefited from funding by international, national, and local companies and businesspeople--funding which prolonged the armed conflict and resulted in massive displacement, crimes against humanity, and the deaths of thousands of Colombians. Since 2005, Colombia has been in a slow, multi-stage transition to peace, which remains underway. As a part of the current Peace Process, Colombia’s largest guerrilla organization has largely demobilized, and the Colombian government has created a Tribunal (JEP) and a Truth Commission (CEV), among other bodies. While the CEV is gathering evidence of crimes committed by economic actors, the JEP only has voluntary jurisdiction over individual economic actors, and no jurisdiction over legal entities. This is not unusual--transitional justice processes globally have generally lacked jurisdiction over companies that supported armed actors or participated directly in crimes--but leaves an important accountability gap within the transitional justice process.
In collaboration with two Colombian organizations, CAL is launching a new project to address the failure of the transitional justice process to account for corporate complicity and direct participation in armed conflict, and to seek new models of corporate accountability that can be used in transitional justice contexts globally. This position is an extraordinary opportunity to be on the cutting edge of this important issue, working with Global North and Global South attorneys, advocates, activists, community leaders and victims’ organizations to develop innovative strategies to provide remedy to those harmed, and to deter business from engaging in future human rights abuse.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable with a broad range of tasks, from conducting comparative legal research and collaborating with litigators, to visiting remote communities and facilitating workshops to support the creation of new, victim-centered remedies. The project will be primarily Colombia-focused, but will include collaborating with Global South organizations from other countries and regions to assess strategies developed and identify emerging best practices.
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