One Position as Research Assistant
Duties and Responsibilities
Applicants are invited to apply for a Research Assistant position as part of an exciting new research project on ‘The Silence of States in International Law’. The project, led by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Danae Azaria, Associate Professor at UCL Faculty of Laws, is funded for 5 years by the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC), and is hosted at the world-leading Faculty of Laws at UCL. This project involves ground-breaking research in relation to a general international law subject that transcends all fields of international law and is of enormous interest to States, international law scholars and practitioners.
The goal of this research is to understand the legal significance and effects of the silence of States in relation to the sources of international law, State responsibility and international dispute settlement. By examining the practice of States across all geographic groups of the United Nations (UN), and the jurisprudence of at least 8 international courts and expert treaties bodies, and by conducting research in the 6 official languages of the UN, the project will reveal: whether silence can bind States, and if so, under which circumstances; the role of State inaction for State responsibility; and the effect of State inaction in the field of international dispute settlement.
You will provide assistance to the Principal Investigator in her research about classifying State ‘silences’ and revealing and understanding the legal significance of silence in relation to the sources of international law. This position presents a unique opportunity to participate in outstanding research in a project with global outreach, and to acquire invaluable research experience.
This post is funded for 19 months in the first instance and is available from 1 March 2021 or immediately after.
Proven research experience in public international law is essential for this position. You must also have a strong degree in law, and a postgraduate degree in international law or proven excellent and advanced knowledge of international law.
Those with previous experience in research in the sources of international law are strongly encouraged to apply. But, those with experience in specific fields of international law are also encouraged to apply.
Good knowledge of French – in particular proficiency in reading legal documents in French. (Desirable).
Those with previous experience in research in the sources of international law are strongly encouraged to apply. But, those with experience in specific fields of international law or State responsibility are also encouraged to apply.
A job description and person specification can be accessed here.
If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.