Research Opportunity at the Edinburgh International Justice Initiative (EIJI)

Semester 1 2021

The EIJI is recruiting! We are offering the opportunity for university students, regardless of degree, year, and background, to conduct and take part in a legal research project in the field of international law, in collaboration with professional institutions and organisations. If you are passionate about international justice and want to gain invaluable legal research skills, then we hope you apply for a position as an EIJI Legal Researcher.

Role: Legal Researcher or Research Coordinator

Start Date: October 4th 2021

Duration: Both semester-long and year-long projects

Close of applications: September 17th, 2021 at 11.59PM BST


Who We Are

The Edinburgh International Justice Initiative (EIJI) is a student-run initiative that seeks to work with, and in support of, institutions focused on international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law. We passionately provide pro-bono legal research assistance focused on strengthening the international justice system, as we ultimately look to make a practical and meaningful difference. In the past, we have worked with the ICC Defence Counsel, EDRi, CHRDA, and various human rights organisations and Government legal agencies in Venezuela and Nepal.

Successful applicants will be placed into a small research team (4-6 individuals) led by an EIJI student Research Coordinator. Each team will work with an experienced supervisor over the course of the project as they undertake in-depth legal research on topics and issues prescribed by our client. All of our research work is generally focused on international criminal law, international human rights law, or other topics related to international justice. Please note that for reasons of confidentiality, we cannot divulge the nature of the project you will be working on until you are on the team.

Projects involving legal research, digital evidence verification and stakeholder interviews will be available.


The Legal Researcher Position

As a Legal Researcher, you will learn about the research process, how to structure reports, get to know jurisprudence from international courts, and experience the intricacies of working in a small research team. This is also a great opportunity to interact with experienced professionals from a variety of fields of expertise across the globe.

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The Research Coordinator Position

As a Research Coordinator, you will be expected to lead a team of 4-6 researchers. In doing so, you will need to foster a positive and effective team environment. You will be expected to set goals, a strategy and a timeline for successful completion of the project. The Research Coordinator is the main point of contact for the client, supervisor and research team.

Application form: