Research Assistant On Project Titled Advancing Children's Rights Through Strategic Climate Litigati

Job Description

  • Legal analysis of child-led climate change cases and producing a preliminary report of the state of the case law

  • Helping to organise two roundtable events, including preliminary briefing material and draft summary of key contributions and conclusions

  • Contributing to a professional report from the roundtables

  • Contributing to a range of outputs for non-academic audiences, including social media outputs and material for children and young people

  • Liaising between The Dickson Poon School of Law and the Schools of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London and with multiple stakeholders within and beyond the university.

  • Being a collegial team member willing to work collaboratively and supportively as part of the project team, including supporting development of a global community of practice in youth-led climate litigation.


Note that 20 hours/week is a maximum. We can be flexible with less hours to accommodate the right applicant.

Applicants to respond to Dr Jennifer Driscoll attaching (1) a short cover letter that addresses how the applicant meets the Experience/Skills required and any of the Desirable criteria, (2) a short CV, and (3) academic transcripts for all tertiary degrees completed or in progress.


Bachelor level qualification or above.


  1. Excellent legal research and writing skills

  2. Proven ability to undertake case law analysis and synthesis

  3. Excellent written communication skills

  4. Excellent organisational, administrative and teamworking skills

  5. Ability to work independently and use initiative as appropriate

  6. Competence in applications such as excel and sharepoint

Desirable criteria

  1. Fluent in another language (given that some cases may not be in English)

  2. Quantitative research skills, especially drafting/interpreting questionnaires

  3. Experience of and/or enthusiasm for climate litigation

  4. Experience of event management

  5. Experience producing accessible materials communicating research for non-academic audiences.


Research assistance on public international law as well as help relating to events of the Shell Lectureship


LL.B. Or equivalent, word, excel


Knowledge in public international law, e.g. general PIL and trade

The 3 postgraduate candidates are expected to work out 12 research impact post articles in total, with 4 cases (40 working hours) for each candidate to draft with. All case documents, including reports, maps and photos, possibly videos and animations, will be provided by supervisor, Dr Yijing Li. 

The 40 hours for each candidate will be estimated to spend on following activities: 

  1. 8 hours per case drafting upon receiving the relevant documents (8*4=32 hours)

  2. 2 hours kick-off meeting with Faculty communication team and supervisor, on setting up the post article's template

  3. 1.5 hours on average on polishing if received any comments or feedback on further editing from the Faculty communication team (1.5*4=6 hours)




Executive Briefing report drafting; storytelling using data-driven evidence in multiple format; good communciation skills and collaborative attitude.

St Mary Le Strand: Rebecca Smith Installation

GLOW: ILLUMINATING INNOVATION is a multi-sited London exhibition showcasing groundbreaking artworks by leading women artists working with cutting-edge technologies. Brand-new pieces have been curated alongside historical works spanning five decades revealing the previously hidden innovation by women in technology.

Situated inside the St Mary le Strand church and drawing directly from the live environmental data generated by the many sensors that surround the Strand Aldwych space, colours, movement, speed, and sound will all be informed from large swaths of live data exchange.

By taking information that is invisible to the human eye and presenting it in a way that seamlessly overlays with the public realm, the audience are invited to explore a dynamic perception of space, and to critically engage with issues of climate change and the environment.

This light and sound installation will be in place inside the church for three days – from the 11 – 13 March and will be open to the public from 10am – 10pm. During this time invigilators are required to check in visitors and gather evaluation data.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This installation uses haze and flashing lights.

Key Tasks

  • Complete the training for the role. 

  • Represent King’s College London during the art installation/performance at the church, being the first port of call for questions from the public, handing out promotional material (if available) and providing excellent customer service to visitors.

  • Be comfortable approaching and interacting with the public ushering and signposting towards the event.

  • Approach members of the public to undertake a questionnaire, 

  • Encourage people to follow @CulturalKings.

  • Inform visitors about the rest of the GLOW exhibition in other sites and direct them to the GLOW website for more information.

  • Be friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable and communicate effectively with visitors answering any queries or concerns politely and signposting to various points locally including public toilet facilities.

  • Observe when overcrowding begins and help with guiding participants to the extra space, working with other event staff to manage queues.

  • Flag unexpected emergencies to duty staff and help to guide and evacuate people to a safe place.

  • Keep vigilant for any strange behaviour and reports from the public inform event staff asap.





Essential Criteria

  • Excellent customer service skills and experience

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Confident approaching members of the public

  • Punctual

  • Flexible approach to duties

  • Ability to be proactive and motivated during quiet periods

  • Awareness of Health and Safety procedures To be available for all shifts from 11 – 13 March



Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working in the arts/theatre

  • Experience working on large scale events

  • Front of house experience.

  • An interest in Art and Digital Technology