11 March 2016

Fair Trials, London
Legal and Policy Intern

Deadline for application: 22 March 2016 

Fair Trials is a human rights organisation that works to improve respect for the fundamental human right to a fair trial. Its vision is a world where every person’s right to a fair trial is respected. Its mission is to work for fair trials according to internationally‐recognised standards of justice. 

Fair Trials currently has a vacancy for a Legal and Policy Intern.
Purpose of role
• To assist the Legal and Policy Officers and the Legal and Policy Director in the development and delivery of Fair Trials' legal and policy work.
• To assist the Legal and Policy Officers and the Legal and Policy Director in all aspects of the development and delivery of Fair Trials' network activities, including expert meetings and trainings.
• To assist in the delivery of information and referrals to members of the public who contact Fair Trials to ask for help.

• Legal and policy research on UK, comparative and international law.
• Monitoring of relevant activities within EU legislative bodies, regional and international courts.
• Assisting with the drafting of policy submissions, case work and campaigning materials.
• Maintaining data on Fair Trials' key policy contacts and network members.
• Assisting with the drafting of case summaries and other content for Fair Trials' website.
• Assisting with the drafting and coordination of Fair Trials publications including campaign materials.
• Assisting the Law Reform team with coordinating Fair Trials' capacity building and networking activities. Tasks to include but not limited to:
  • Researching prospective attendees and venues.
  • Preparing background materials on local and international law.
  • Advertising events and sending out invitations.
  • Managing the distribution of papers and minutes.
  • Assisting the law reform team in preparing meeting minutes and final communiqués following each expert meeting.
• In all other respects, complying with Fair Trials' Grant Agreements with the European Commission and observing the requirements of these Agreements in relation to the conduct of the network events and the keeping of records relating to them. 
• Assisting the Legal and Policy team in the delivery of information and referrals to individuals seeking help. Tasks to include but not limited to:
  • Sending out initial correspondence to individuals who contact Fair Trials to seek help.
  • Entering and maintaining accurate information about cases and contacts in databases and archives.
  • Drafting responses to individuals who contact Fair Trials for help with information and referrals.
  • Carrying out legal research relevant to specific queries.
  • Summarising cases, and identifying fair trial issues raised by individuals requesting assistance.
Person specification
• Must have completed a law degree or law conversion course. 
• Demonstrates an interest in human rights law, criminal law and the rule of law.
• Highly organised and able to prioritise a workload.
• A willingness to be flexible according to the demands of the organisation.
• Capable legal researcher.
• Excellent communications skills.
• Ability to work independently and manage own time.
• Ability to summarise cases and present them in clear and compelling language.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and good general office skills.
• Experience of events organisation desirable.
• European languages desirable.

Salary and conditions
This post is an unpaid position. The successful candidate will be reimbursed travel costs to the Fair Trial offices in London (from within London). A per diem of £5 per day will also be provided for lunch. Candidates should be available for a minimum of 3 months, from 11 April 2016.

To apply
Please send a CV and a cover letter electronically to recruitment@fairtrials.net no later than midnight Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Please include your name and 'Legal and Policy Intern' in the subject field of the email. Your CV and cover letter should include:
• Where you saw this job advertised?
• Your name and contact details.
• Your educational history, including universities/colleges attended with dates and significant qualifications obtained.
• Your employment history, including all significant posts you have held – with dates, the names of employers, and a description of the main duties, together with your present or most recent salary, and your contractual notice period. (You should also explain any significant gaps, e.g. covered by travelling, self‐employment, etc.)
• An explanation of why you would like the role; the qualities you would bring to it; how you would approach the task if you were awarded the post.
• The names and contact details of two referees who know your work, who may be contacted if you are short‐listed.

The selection process
We will aim to notify all candidates that have been shortlisted for interview as soon as possible after the deadline. Please note we will unfortunately be unable to supply feedback to candidates who have not been shortlisted. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held at the Fair Trials offices in central London during week commencing 28 March 2016.

Fair Trials is conducting this appointment on equal opportunity principles and will welcome applications from candidates who can fulfil the requirements of the post irrespective of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The personal data which you have provided, and which we may request, in connection with your application, will not be retained beyond 12 months should your application be unsuccessful. If you are appointed, your personal data will only be used for the purposes of human resources management.
  • Announcement on the Fair Trials website.

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