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Volunteer Research Roles at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

The Bingham Centre regularly offers opportunities for volunteers to assist in its research, events and related activities from its offices in Russell Square, London. Bingham Centre volunteer research roles are flexible and usually undertaken on a short-term basis.

Volunteer researchers should be able to contribute to a broadly based research, training and events programme. In particular, they will have opportunities to assist the fellows, Director and staff of the Centre with:

  • research on current projects or papers;
  • research for the development of new projects;
  • the organisation of the Centre's events series; and
  • any administrative tasks associated with the above.

The Centre endeavours to offer interesting opportunities that include training, experience and skills development. Further information is provided below about the structure of a volunteer research role and some of the opportunities applicants may wish to pursue.

When volunteer research roles are offered and when to apply

There are three intakes per year, each usually for roles lasting approximately 3 months:

  • Autumn (Sept/Oct - December): Application deadline 1 August each year
  • Winter/Spring (Jan - March/April): Application deadline 1 December each year
  • Summer (any 3 month period during May - Sept): Application deadline 1 April each year

Selection criteria

  • Knowledge: A well-rounded knowledge of rule of law matters, including areas such as public law and human rights at national (in the UK or comparative context) and international levels.
  • Level of education or experience: a master's or undergraduate degree in Law, from any jurisdiction. Exceptional candidates with degrees in another discipline (eg politics or economics) and experience of studying or working on rule of law issues will also be considered.
  • Research and drafting skills: Ability to analyse and draw conclusions in a clear and precise manner; strong ability to conduct research through electronic means and resources. Prior experience in research posts will be considered a benefit.

Requirements for availability

Bingham Centre volunteer researchers are usually expected to be available and able to attend the Institute for a minimum of 3 days per week for a period of approximately 3 months. However, some flexibility may be possible depending on individual circumstances.

Applications will be judged on match of skills and ability of the applicant to the work available at the time. If you reach the interview stage, you will then be invited for a telephone interview at a mutually convenient time. Telephone interviews ensure that candidates located in the UK and overseas are treated equally. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer everyone an interview and, as a result, some applications will be considered unsuccessful without progressing to the interview stage. We will however, inform all applicants of the outcome of their application.

How to apply

Applications are handled by email only. To apply, please email our Centre Administrator: binghamcentre@biicl.org enclosing:

(1) your CV;

(2) a brief personal statement outlining your suitability for the position; and

(3) a sample of your writing (eg, a paper you have written in the course of your studies).

Please also include the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name and contact details
  • Current educational status
  • Areas of interest/expertise
  • Availability.

Activities and opportunities during the position

The Bingham Centre is a part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), which is an independent research organisation and registered charity. Volunteers are welcome to attend both BIICL and Centre public events, free of charge, subject to availability of places. Volunteers share a room together, with no allocated desk, and will also be given access to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) library for the duration of their role. A daily travel and subsistence payment of £10 is provided for the days when volunteers are in the office.

Volunteer researchers will have opportunities to get involved in a range of activities, such as:

  • Assisting in drafting law reform submissions;
  • Assisting in drafting pieces for publication;
  • Assisting in developing research project proposals;
  • Assisting in organising events hosted by the Centre;
  • Assisting in preparing education and training materials;
  • Attending meetings with external groups or partners, including government, legal profession & NGOs;
  • Undertaking literature searches and draft literature reviews for research projects;
  • Assisting in the coordination and organisation of research activities;
  • Seminars / instruction on a variety of topics, which may include: writing a literature review; writing press releases; using social media for law reform and legal research; and advanced legal research skills;
  • Opportunities and assistance in developing research papers into publishable pieces;
  • Opportunities to write for Bingham Centre and BIICL publications (including our newsletters) and websites, including news pieces, event summaries and book reviews.

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