Legal Associate – Digital Technology At International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Position Description

Do you want to protect democratic freedoms online and have a passion for using tech for good? The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is looking for a creative and motivated lawyer to help us do just that.

In over 100 countries, ICNL promotes democratic freedoms, specifically the freedoms of association, expression, and assembly. Our Digital Technology program works at the intersection between digital technologies and the law to protect democratic freedoms and human rights online.

The Legal Associate —Digital Technology is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. The job is dynamic, fast-paced, and best suited to someone creative, flexible, and comfortable with multi-tasking. Significant travel is expected once the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled.

The Legal Associate —Digital Technology will help implement ICNL’s programs to improve and protect digital rights and the legal environment for democratic freedoms online. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to ICNL’s organizational strategy on digital technologies;
  • Working with international stakeholders to develop norms on Artificial Intelligence, smart cities, biometrics and other digital technologies;
  • Providing legal analysis to government officials, parliamentarians, civil society and technology companies on cybersecurity, data protection, disinformation and other technology-related laws affecting democratic freedoms;
  • Designing and leading educational programs on digital technologies;
  • Liaising with technology companies and other industry stakeholders to identify opportunities for their collaboration with civil society;
  • Assisting with budget and grant/contract management, and program development; and
  • Representing ICNL at meetings and conferences.


  • Law degree from an accredited school;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience relating to digital policy, international development, human rights or the technology sector preferred;
  • Knowledge of existing and emerging digital technologies and their impact on civic space;
  • Experience with initiatives to develop international norms relating to digital technologies that affect civic space;
  • Excellent research, advocacy, analytical, writing, and presentation skills;
  • Proven ability to engage constructively with governments, civil society and technology companies;
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in an additional language is an advantage; and
  • Willingness to travel extensively.

The Legal Associate must possess legal authorization to work in the U.S.

How to apply

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a short writing sample to [email protected]. In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate “Legal Associate- Digital Technology.” In your cover note, please reference where you saw this posting. Applications should be submitted by April 23, 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls or emails to ICNL staff, please. ICNL is an equal opportunity employer.

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