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Volunteer Research opportunities


As a registered charity, BIICL is able to offer opportunities for volunteers to assist in its research and activities. These are highly flexible, part-time opportunities, undertaken on a short-term basis to suit your availability.

We also welcome people under the Erasmus+ scheme, or with funding from their university or other institution to undertake work placements.

We value our volunteers and offer a rewarding experience. We aim to make best use of your skills and interests, while also providing opportunities for your further development. You will be able to contribute to projects, attend our public events, be involved in the wider research community, and participate in skills training. Volunteers have use of a shared office space, and are also given access to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) library. Support for travel and subsistence costs is available for those days when you come in to the office.

When we are looking for volunteers we look for volunteers with:

  • a well-rounded knowledge of the relevant legal area at national (in the UK or comparative context) and international levels
  • pursuing an LLM or equivalent degree or relevant work experience in an NGO, international organisation, government department or private practice. Candidates with only a first degree or nearing completion of a first degree in law will also be considered if they have proven interests or other relevant experience;
  • good research and drafting skills; and
  • a high level of proficiency in English.

The volunteer programme includes the following legal areas:

  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Competition Law
  • European Private Law and Comparative Law.

Opportunities in the above areas are not necessarily available at all times. Applications will be judged on the match of skills and ability of the applicant to the opportunities available within BIICL at the time.

Volunteers from non-legal backgrounds may also occasionally be needed to assist the marketing, publications and development teams at BIICL.

For further details on the programme and how to apply, please contact the Admin Team. We aim to reply to all applications and requests, though this may take up to 3 working days.

We also have a rolling programme of paid Research Assistant roles for those in the early stages of a research career in international and comparative law. Click here for further information.