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Research Fellow in Labour Exploitation and Human Rights (2 Positions)

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £28,000 to £34,000 per annum pro rata (depending on qualifications/experience)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024

Term: 9 months (with possibility for an extension)

Background 

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is looking to appoint 2 positions of Research Fellow in Labour Exploitation and Human Rights. An appointment at Researcher (research assistant) level may be considered depending on qualifications and experience.

BIICL is a leading independent research organisation for international and comparative law. Our research, events, training and publications are grounded in deep scholarly knowledge and strong practical experience that can be applied to many situations. We seek to make a lasting impact on law and policy around the world.

The role(s) are intended to support the implementation of BIICL’s work in the areas of: Human Trafficking; Modern Slavery; Forced Labour and Labour Exploitation; and Labour Rights. In particular, the role(s) are intended to support the implementation of:

  1. A project exploring, from a socio-legal perspective, the labour rights, forced labour and human trafficking dimensions of the Cuban Foreign Medical Missions (CFMM) programme.
  2. A project promoting the labour rights of informal workers in various industries in South and South-East Asia
  3. Projects that explore and propose legal solutions to structural factors that impact the prevalence of trafficking and modern slavery and/or negatively impact the likelihood of protection for trafficked persons.

You can find out more about our work in this area at: https://www.biicl.org/categories/labourrights.

Job Description

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to undertake a combination of the following:

  • Desk research to articulate the underpinning factual basis for the legal analysis for the project (for example, on the medical mission programme and labour exploitation in other parts of the Cuban economy);
  • Research and analysis of applicable legal standards and arrangements at the international, regional and domestic levels;
  • Organize and undertake semi-structured interviews with stakeholders;
  • Draft reports and other research outputs of relevance to the project;
  • Further advance BIICL’s work in these areas including working with colleagues on the development of funding proposals, projects and initiatives. 

This is a full-time role, initially for 9 months. Consideration will be given to secondments or a 0.8 FTE arrangement, if requested. A salary package of between £28,000 – £34,000 is expected, depending on qualifications and experience. An appointment at Researcher (research assistant) level may be considered depending on qualifications and experience. It is hoped that appointment will commence as soon as possible.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th March at 23.59 although applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply early.

Please click on the 'Apply' button above where you will be redirected to the BIICL web-site where you will find out more details about this position and how to apply.

Further Information

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, on j.gauci@biicl.org.

It is expected that interviews will take place on Friday 15th March.

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