Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Law of the Sea

Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £30,738 - £33,574 p.a.

The Faculty of Law, Department of Zoology, and School of Geography and the Environment have been awarded funding by the Oxford Martin School for a project on improving sustainability in the global oceans, with particular focus on fisheries management and biodiversity protection. A significant element of this interdisciplinary project will work to resolve barriers to progress in sustainable ocean management, and includes key areas of fisheries management, seabed extraction, the mapping and protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, technological solutions to regulatory enforcement, and the associated changes required in governance and legal frameworks necessary to enable effective regulation, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This work will feed into discussions relating to a new implementing agreement for UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea), which is likely to run through 2017, 2018 and beyond.

We are seeking to fill a postdoctoral position for a fixed-term of 3 years within a highly interdisciplinary team with primary responsibility for investigating the international legal implications of enforcement of fisheries and biodiversity protection within and beyond national jurisdiction, including in marine protected areas. A doctorate in public international law with a significant component of law of the sea, particularly on issues of enforcement jurisdiction, is essential. Responsibilities will also include the production of publications. Experience of shadowing international negotiations would be an asset. This project will provide the opportunity to experience first-hand how to bring research into practical application in international law-making, connect with top researchers, policy experts, practitioners and business leaders, and contribute to meaningful and timely solutions for the world’s oceans and fisheries.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please visit

Only applications received by 12.00 midday on Friday 19 February 2016 can be considered.

Contact Person : Brooke Martin-Garbutt

Vacancy ID : 122191

Contact Phone : 01865 281622

Closing Date : 19-Feb-2016

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