Research Assistant In Human Rights And Environmental Law Clinic

Job Description

The role is to enhance the work of the Human Rights and Environmental Law Clinic which works with students on public interest cases and research projects which aim to protect the environment and promote human rights. It aims to complement the work of the Transnational Law Institute and the Climate Law and Governance Centre. In particular the successful candidate will co-ordinate and support work on the Sundarbans Climate Justice Project (SCJP) and the related transnational remedies in environmental harm LLM module (TReH and CLE). The SCJP aims to document the effect and research legal solutions for the victims of climate change, both locally, nationally and transnationally and use clinical legal education as a pilot approach to resolve them.



Responsible to Sue Willman (Assistant Director at the Legal Clinic), providing assistance in the work of the HRE Clinic, also working with Emily Barritt and other King's staff in developing and implementing the SCJP. You will be responsible for ensuring the further development of the LLM module, including administrative aspects such as supporting the transfer of materials to KEATS. You will be expected to support the strategic development of the HRE clinic by identifying relevant funding and research opportunities, developing concept notes and assisting with the grant application process. You will also organise and minute meetings with partners and new contacts, in particular international NGO and community partners in relation to existing and potential projects. You will assist in directing and have some oversight of law students’ research, conduct research on occasions in relation to international environmental law, business and human rights and/or transnational environmental law. You will help produce reports including reporting to funders as needed. You will be expected to work from a decolonial and inclusive perspective.



Key Responsibilities:



1. Conducting legal research or supervising student research for the HRE Clinic on international /transnational/ environmental or human rights law including soft law remedies in the Clinical Legal Education context.



2. Liaising with partners, including UK barristers, academics outside the UK and research assistants, including to organise and record regular planning meetings.



3. Co-ordination and support of the development of the TReH module and other transnational education initiatives.



4. Supporting the Clinic Co-ordinator in relation to grant requirements, financial reporting and administrative aspects of the projects.



5. Assisting with obtaining future funding and drafting sections of grant applications. This is a key part of the role.



6. Contributing to media or social media about the HRE Clinic's activities as appropriate.




Qualifications

PhD candidate with Masters level degree in law.



Postgraduate degree in Law with knowledge and interest of human rights law and environmental law in an international context.



NB. this is a PhD candidate level role but candidates who have a Master’s qualification and are applying for PhD study will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 4 equivalent with an hourly rate of £18.08.



Skills

Skills, knowledge, and experience:



The role requires a law graduate with knowledge and interest of human rights law and environmental law in an international context. Project management experience, good written communication and administrative skills are also necessary.



Essential criteria



1. PhD candidate with Masters level degree in law, able to work with minimal supervision.



2. Commitment to working to increase access to environmental justice.



3. Availability to work for the clinic on average 14 hours per week (may be more in some weeks) to start by 22 February 2023 June and end by 22 July 2023 at the earliest. At least one day in person at the King’s building.



4. Competent in use of IT and teaching technology.



5. Interpersonal skills- ability to communicate well with students, clinic staff and external agencies, lawyers, supervisors and all



stakeholders in the UK and globally and show empathy where appropriate.



6. Good oral and written communication skills.



7. Relevant experience in the field of environmental law, international law, human rights and/or business and human rights.



8. Willing to attend training and comply with data protection requirements and GDPR.



9. Culturally competent, with a demonstratable commitment to equality of opportunity and inclusion.



10. Good project management and time management skills.



Desirable criteria



1. Some knowledge of social or environmental justice issues in India, in particular in the Sundarbans.



2. Some teaching or course development experience.



3. Experience of applying for research grants or other fundraising experience



4. PhD candidate in environmental or human rights related topic.



5. Knowledge of the Ruggie principles/ remedies in the business and human rights context

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Skills

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Are you a 2nd year international undergraduate student? Did you attend International Orientation back in September 2022? 



King’s is running focus group to gain insight from undergraduate students who may have attended International Orientation back in the past to see how this event prepared you for your time at King’s + how we can improve this event in the future. 



This focus group will run online via MS TEAMS on Friday 8th March 11-12.30pm. You will be paid for your time. 



You do not need to upload a copy of your CV for this job.




Qualifications

Current 2nd year international undergraduate student.



Skills

Current 2nd year international undergraduate student.

Are you a 1st year international undergraduate student? Did you miss out on International Orientation in September 2023? 



If so, King’s is running focus group to gain insight from undergraduate students who didn’t attend as to what they know about International Orientation + how we can improve this event in the future. 



This focus group will run online via MS TEAMS on Wednesday 6th March 11:12.30pm. You will be paid for your time. 



You do not need to upload a copy of your CV for this job




Qualifications

Current 1st year undergraduate student



Skills

Current 1st year undergraduate student

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