ABA ROLI Advisor, Judicial Advisor, Vietnam (Volunteer)

  • Volunteer, Volunteer opportunity
  • Posted on 19 February 2019

Job Description

ABA ROLI’s Asia Division is seeking expressions of interest from judges with experience hearing cases involving wildlife trafficking, to participate on a pro bono (unpaid) basis in a program in Vietnam in 2019. To ensure adequate pre-planning, applications are encouraged as soon as possible.

Vietnam is one of the Southeast Asian countries that is the focal point for the demand and supply of certain species of wildlife. One of the biggest challenges for preventing wildlife trafficking in the region and in Vietnam particularly, is that often the wildlife trafficking process sits within already corrupt structures that facilitate crime of all kinds. As a member state of both UNCAC and CITES, it is vital for Vietnam to build up understanding of judicial officials on the role of corruption in facilitating wildlife trafficking. With support from the U.S. Department of State (INL), ABA ROLI will organize two one-day trainings, one in Hanoi, one in Ho Chi Minh City, for Vietnamese judges and prosecutors on the relationship between corruption and wildlife crimes. ABA ROLI will also work with the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam (SPC) to update the wildlife crimes section of the judges’ bench book, which is a task-based practical handbook for judges on changes in the legal framework.

ABA ROLI is seeking a pro bono Judicial Advisor to support the development of training resources and the delivery of these trainings, as well as to review the bench book for judges.

The Judicial Advisor will work closely with the Program Director in Vietnam and ABA ROLI in Washington DC to develop a training program that will cover (i) the link between corruption and wildlife trafficking addressed in international and domestic legislation; (ii) how preventive measures (such as agencies in charge of preventing corruption, independence of the judiciary, public reporting on corruption, participation of society) in the new anti-corruption law are important in responding to the increase in wildlife trafficking crimes. The Judicial Advisor need not have any experience or knowledge of the law in Vietnam. Their role will be to bring a comparative perspective, and share, as a peer, reflections on being a judge in this area, examples from practice of the links between corruption and wildlife crime, and facilitate the application of learning for the judges and prosecutors from Vietnam.

Please note: Although this is a voluntary position, ABA ROLI will cover the costs of travel, lodging and meals.



  • Review and Advise (March 2019 – November 2019 – approximately 20-40 hours of preparation)
  • Contribute to the compilation of training materials (including case studies, presentations, handouts)
  • Provide inputs in the training agenda
  • Consult and cooperate with ABA ROLI and the SPC in preparation for the trainings
  • Co-facilitate the trainings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – expected to take place within June-November 2019, dates to be reached by agreement – minimum 3 days in country (with 1 day of training in each city) + travel

Bench book:

  • Review and advise on the draft of the bench book for judges - April-September 2019


  • Law degree.
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience including adjudication of wildlife trafficking cases (in any jurisdiction).
  • Proven ability to deliver/facilitate trainings with experience in the development and/or review of training materials.
    Excellent intercultural communication skills and interpersonal skills with ability to quickly build rapport with senior government officials and prosecutors.
    Ideally previous experience working with criminal justice actors in developing countrie

Please submit interest by sending a CV and cover letter. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up with candidates who are selected for interviews. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may be filled prior to the close date.

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs in roughly 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 professional staff work­ing abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organi­zations, including human rights groups.

For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html

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