Dr Jessie Blackbourn is looking for a research assistant to help with a short-term project funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Knowledge Exchange Dialogues Scheme.

In July 2017 the project held a one-day academic/practitioner workshop on anti-terrorism law reform, involving academics, lawyers, UK law reform practitioners and the Australian Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. The central focus of the workshop was a discussion around a number of themes in anti-terrorism law, including human rights, closed material proceedings, civil regimes, and post-enactment review processes. The workshop provided law reform practitioners, particularly the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, the opportunity to engage with academic research on subjects directly relevant to their work. Notes of the workshop were taken and produced into a report, which has been published on the Faculty of Law’s website.

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has subsequently produced three reports on topics that were covered in the workshop, and a research assistant is required to ascertain whether the participants of the workshop have been referenced in those reports.

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until 31 December 2017.

The total number of hours to be worked is 20.

You will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week.


The post will report to Dr Jessie Blackbourn.

Nature of the Work

You will be required to read the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s three recent reports to determine whether the participants at the July workshop have been referenced.


A general understanding of the field of law is essential.

An understanding of anti-terrorism law, particularly in Australia and the UK, would be beneficial.

This post requires excellent research skills.

Good admin and IT skills are essential.


This post is open to current or recent graduate research students in the Law Faculty or Social Sciences Division and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students. You must have the right to work in the UK.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant hourly rate of £14.80 plus holiday pay of £1.78/hour. The gross hourly rate paid the RA before NI and pension deductions is therefore £16.58 per hour.


This post is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Knowledge Exchange Dialogues Scheme

How to Apply

A short CV and cover should be sent by email to jessie.blackbourn@csls.ox.ac.uk by 12pm on 29 November 2017. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements. Informal enquiries may be emailed to Dr Jessie Blackbourn.