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European Private Law and Comparative Law Volunteer Research Intern

BIICL is inviting applications for a volunteer research intern for the Tort Law Centre and Product Liability Forum. Ideally, the candidate will have knowledge of European private law and comparative contract law, so as to be able to contribute effectively to the research and events associated with the centres' activities.

Minimum Formal requirements:

  • Level of education: LL.M degree or equivalent or relevant work experience in an international organisation, government department or private practice.
  • 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.
  • Language skills: very high level of proficiency in English.

Additional skills we would strongly welcome:

  • Familiarity with the law of the European Union and/or practical knowledge of the workings of the EU institutions;
  • Working knowledge of at least one other European language;
  • Proven ability to work well in a team;
  • Organisational skills.

How to apply

Please email your CV, a brief statement outlining your suitability for the position and why you are interested in it, plus one sample of your writing (published or unpublished) to Dr Duncan Fairgrieve.

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

  • Full name and contact details
  • Current educational status
  • Areas of interest/expertise
  • Name and contact of one academic referee
  • Availability


This is a flexible, voluntary role. Please give details of the amount of time per week you are available, the date from which you would be available and an end date, if known. Please state the days of the week that suit you best, if known.

Applications are handled by email only. They will be considered on a rolling basis, as new assignments become available or current volunteers reach the end of their period of availability. 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 interview at the Institute at a mutually convenient time. 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, or may be kept on file until suitable work matching the applicant's skills becomes available.

BIICL has high academic standards and expects a serious level of commitment and professionalism from its volunteers.

All volunteers are provided with a daily travel and subsistence allowance of £10 for the days they attend the Institute.

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