Research Assistant: Oxford Human Rights Hub Editorial Team: Blog Editor

Prof. Sandy Fredman is looking for a suitable candidate to join the Oxford Human Rights Hub Editorial Team as Blog Editor. Since its launch in July 2012, the Blog has fast become a leading source of human rights news and opinion, featuring posts from leading judges, lawyers, academics and human rights activists from across the globe. It has also established a large readership and a strong social media following, with approximately 15,000 unique visitors to the Oxford Human Rights Hub website per month and almost 11,000 followers on Twitter.

The blog editorial team is responsible for sourcing blog posts, editing content, contributing posts and marketing the blog.

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and will run until 30th June 2018.

The hours will vary, but it is expected that you will work a maximum of 10 hours each month. Editors should be prepared to work during vacations, but do not need to be based in Oxford during this time.


Editors report to Professor Sandy Fredman and are supervised by the Oxford Human Rights Hub Managing Editor.


Candidates are required to have:

  • A passion for human rights law (students with a human rights law background currently working in related fields are also encouraged to apply); 
  • An eye for global human rights news and developments;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Experience using social media (or a willingness to learn);
  • Good administration and IT skills. 

Previous blogging experience and established contacts with human rights organisations, lawyers, and academics outside of the UK will reflect favourably. Knowledge and experience in webpage development is highly desirable.


This post is open to current Oxford and non-Oxford graduate research students and, for Oxford students, the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students. See guidelines below for more information. Regrettably this position is not open to BCL/MJur and MLF students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.56/hour plus holiday pay of £2.49 = total of £17.05/hr


This post is funded by the British Academy grant awarded to Prof. Sandy Fredman.

How to Apply

Please submit a short email letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) and your CV by mail to by August 31st, 2017 (noon). Please clearly mark the subject of the email ‘Application: Blog Editor Post’ and explain briefly how you meet the requirements. Please also give details of your availability with the potential for attending an interview.

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.