The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to provide research and administrative support to the Institute and Professor Hugh Collins in the organisation of a seminar on Business & Human Rights in Trinity Term 2018 (5 June 2018). It will be an opportunity to be involved with a key initiative at the Institute in its first year of operation and to learn about ongoing research in an emerging area of human rights. The Research Assistant will report to the Institute’s Director but will also work with Professor Hugh Collins as well as the Institute’s Head of Programmes and Administrator.

Duration and hours

The successful candidate will start as soon as possible and the appointment will run until the end of Trinity Term 2018. The hours will vary, but it is expected that the work will not involve more than 8 hours per week. The Institute will offer a work space in its Reading Room.

The role will involve:

  • Preparing a list of scholars and practitioners in the field of Business & Human Rights to be invited to this seminar or possible future conferences;
  • Preparing a bibliography of key scholarly materials in the field of Business and Human Rights;
  • Assisting with organizing in cooperation with the Institute’s Administrator and Events Assistant (including travel arrangements for speakers, accommodation, room bookings, catering, registration and accompaniment on the day of the seminar);
  • Writing a report on the seminar, as well as possibly writing a blog post on the seminar.


The post will report to the Institute Director.


  • A general understanding of the field of human rights law is essential.
  • Knowledge and interest in the area of Business & Human Rights is essential.
  • Contacts in the area of Business & Human Rights are desirable.
  • Research skills are desirable.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.
  • Availability on 5 June 2018 is essential.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

Short term, casual work (up to 12 weeks) is paid at a lower rate of holiday pay: This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £1.78 = total of £16.59/hour


This post is funded by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor) should be sent by email to by noon, Monday 19th March. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over the period in question.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to

Guidelines for Faculty members / line managers

  • Graduate Studies Committee agreed in Michaelmas Term 2013 the following guidelines and stipulations which were endorsed by the Law Faculty Board the same term.
  • BCL/MJur students are not permitted to undertake paid work of any kind for the Faculty, and are advised against undertaking paid work offered from any other source as well.
  • PRS, MPhil, and MSt students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit for work other than teaching.
  • DPhil students can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work of any kind (including teaching) per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit.
  • Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.