British Institute of International and Comparative Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the role of Director.  BIICL conducts research and activities around the world across the broad range of public international law, private international law, comparative law and the rule of law. This is an exciting opportunity to hold a unique and high profile post in one of the most respected independent legal research institutes in the world.

The successful applicant will have overall responsibility for the strategic management of BIICL, working closely with its Board of Trustees.  S/he will combine experience of leadership with an extensive track record of high quality research in one of BIICL’s main areas (public international law, private international law and comparative law). S/he will have experience of interacting with legal practitioners, academics and others worldwide, ideally combined with some legal practice expertise. As well as providing research leadership, the Director will need to demonstrate excellent communication and advocacy skills, with the ability to express ideas and concepts clearly to diverse audiences and to engage in fundraising and other income generation. 

This is a full-time post for a five-year period, which may be renewed. Secondments from other institutions will be considered.

A salary package of up to £125,000pa is expected, depending on qualifications and experience.  It is hoped that the person appointed will commence on or before January 2018.

The deadline for applications is Monday 24 July 2017.  Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Deputy Director of BIICL, Patricia Ambrose, at

It is expected that interviews will take place in September 2017.

Applicants should send the following by email to

  • A completed BIICL application cover form (available at including the names and addresses of three referees (two of whom can be contacted prior to interview);
  • A full curriculum vitae; and
  • A covering letter setting out their reasons for applying and how they consider that they meet the person specification for this post.

To be considered for this role, applicants must currently have the right to work in the UK or will have the right to work in the UK by the date of commencement of employment.

Applicants are encouraged to find out more about BIICL and its members of staff and activities at:

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