Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Online Law Enforcement)

Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Part-time (17.5 hours per week), fixed term contract for 10 months (starting March 2018 or as soon thereafter as practicable)

CCLS is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Online Law Enforcement), who will work under the supervision of Professor Julia Hőrnle, conducting research on the effectiveness of the enforcement of online gambling regulation (such as website blocking, payment blocking and the blocking of advertisements for illegal gambling as well as channelling demand towards legal online offers), as part of a team of six researchers. Finally the post-holder will assist with other discrete research tasks as directed by the PI.

This post would particularly suit someone who has just completed their PhD in one of these fields, or alternatively, someone who has practiced law or worked in the legal field in the media before embarking on a PhD (using the project to obtain some teaching and research experience in the legal field and to develop ideas for a PhD topic).

You will have  knowledge of and research experience in the field of cybercrime law (criminal law relating to computer misuse, online fraud, hate speech, online illegal content, cyber-harassment, revenge porn, illegal online gambling, cross-border enforcement of cybercrime etc.), together with knowledge and experience of computer and communications law and cyberspace law and digital media regulation. Applicants are not expected to have a working knowledge of gambling law and regulation, but an interest in learning about the law as it relates to online or remote gambling and in particular online enforcement strategies, is a key requirement.

As a highly organised individual, you will be able to manage tight deadlines and work under pressure, as well as coordinate processes within a team. The ability to write and edit reports to a publishable standards, and a willingness to adopt new working methods and using software tools, are also essential.

We particularly encourage applications from German-qualified lawyers as one component of the role could be to assist with developing research and funding for an Anglo-German Digital Media Law LLM programme. This would be beneficial, however not essential.

The starting salary will be in the range of £16,478 - £19,354 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days pro rata annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Please note: this post is being advertised in conjunction with a part-time (17.5 hours per week) Teaching Associate  post (job ref no QMUL14174) to assist in teaching and teaching-related tasks at CCLS, in particular our LLM modules related to Cybercrime Law and Cyberspace/Media Law. Suitability qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for both positions.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Julia Hőrnle at

Details about the School can be found at

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The closing date for submission of applications is 08 April 2018.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter. Only shortlisted candidates for the interview will be contacted.

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