Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

Michael Molavi (Faculty of Law, Bonavero Institute) and Suzanne Chiodo (Faculty of Law) are looking for a research assistant to assist with a conference on access to justice and class actions in England and Wales. The research assistant will assist with preparations in the month leading up to the conference, during and immediately after the conference.

The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights is hosting a conference on class actions and group litigation in England and Wales. This is one of the first major conferences to focus on this emerging and rapidly developing area of the law. The conference will bring together legal practitioners, funders, academics, and other stakeholders to examine the continuing barriers to access to justice in the context of group litigation. The conference will take place over two days (6th and 7th of May 2021), with presentations and discussions on a range of topics touching on class actions and group litigation, from distinguished practitioners and academics.


•             Day-to-day administration of the conference

•             Set up and update the Eventbrite site for the conference

•             Liaise with speakers and attendees with regard to logistics

•             Assist with various tasks as they arise in the week of the conference

•             Help with preparation of conference materials, programs, and other materials as needed

•             Assist with publicity for the conference (including website and social media)

•             Assist with production of intellectual output of the conference and other matters as needed

Duration and hours

The work will start on 1st April 2021, and will last until 30th May 2021. The hours per week will vary, but the assistant will be expected to work up to 8 per week.


The Research Assistant will report to Dr Michael Molavi.



  • Hold a degree in law or another relevant discipline, together with some relevant experience
  • Strong research and administrative skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and maintain a friendly and professional attitude
  • Ability to work well in a team


  • Working towards a research degree or a career in research
  • Experience organising or being involved in conferences
  • Interest in class actions/group litigation


This role is intended for current graduate research students in the Law Faculty, although recent graduates or students from other departments may be considered. The hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

12 weeks or less (casual engagement): This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1) plus holiday pay of £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).


This position is funded by Woodford Litigation Funding grant, hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights from the 1st April 2021.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to and by noon on March 1, 2021. Please explain how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability for this work. Interviews will be held in mid-March 2021.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to or 

See for further information.