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Campaign Legal Counsel (HK/TW/SK) - HK

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Date: 29-Nov-2020

Location: HK

Company: Greenpeace East Asia

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

Location: Taipei, Hong Kong,Seoul

Purpose and Scope of the Job

Purpose: Campaign Legal Counsel provides integrated legal advice and service with a specialization on strategic litigation to further campaign goals and interests in Greenpeace East Asia offices, including Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul. Campaign Legal Counsel plays a driving role in employing strategic litigation to promote environmental justice and mitigate climate change, and to proactively and reactively defend GPEA and its employees from legal attacks.


Scope of the Job: Develop proactive legal strategies and tactics for strategic litigation, litigate cases on environmental issues, and seek legal opportunities to advance Greenpeace campaign goals, develop and promote the best practice of campaign legal work, train campaign teams to improve legal campaign knowledge, and proactively and reactively defend GPEA and its employees from legal attacks.

Job responsibilities
  • Develop legal strategies and legal tactics by using laws and legal proceedings to promote Greenpeace campaigns. Work closely with GPEA campaign teams to develop strategic legal elements of campaign projects.
  • Carry out the litigation related work in line with the developed legal strategies and legal tactics; develop, advise and follow litigate cases including but not limited to environmental tort case, administrative litigation, class action, climate litigation, public interest litigation etc., which align with Greenpeace mission and the its campaign goals. Take the lead on all aspects of the strategic litigation work.
  • Strengthen the partnership with external lawyers and legal community to deliver meaningful results for the environment, health and communities in East Asia jurisdictions; cultivate new allies and coalition partners to conduct legal campaign work and file strategic litigation cases; create synergy with the campaign under the legal framework of national law and international law. Ensure external lawyers and partners are provided adequate instruction, information and professional legal service to better serve the goal of strategic litigation and Greenpeace campaign.
  • Serve as Spokesperson for the strategic litigation cases whenever necessary.
  • Provide legal advice and legal review on Greenpeace campaign-related publications and communications materials. Conduct legal risk assessments of campaign activities that may pose legal risk and advise on how to mitigate risk without compromising campaign impact.
  • Provide legal support in the event that activities result in legal consequences,and identify opportunities to turn such threats into platforms to advance campaign goals. Lead and manage the development and implementation of legal strategies for major pending litigation involving GPEA entities.
Competencies Profile
Act with integrity
Demonstrate Expertise
Demonstrate Resilience
Develop Plans
Negotiate with Others (internal & external)
Prioritize & Organize Work
Strategic Thinking
Strive for Result & Quality
Work with Others
Skills and Expertise required

(1) Legal writing and oral advocacy skills;

(2) Legal research and legal analytical skills;

(3) Litigation skills;

(4) Ability to synthesise legal issues and to communicate with targeted audience;

(5) Proficiency in legal english;

(6) Risk assessment skills;

(7) Knowledge and/or experience in (inter)national politics and laws;

(8) Negotiation skills;

Specific Work Environment

Occasional or need-based travel is required.

Compensation Info

Greenpeace is an equal opportunity employer. 
Greenpeace promotes and supports its people to be at their best, invests in its people and offers its employees opportunities to develop new skills and grow professionally.

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