Professor Cathryn Costello is seeking a research assistant or assistants to assist with a book contribution, examining the intersection of UK immigration, criminal and labour law.  The work will include background research into UK criminal law provisions that impact on the supply of workers, particularly those of a migrant background, including provisions on trafficking, smuggling, and the ordinary regulation of labour supply through agencies, as well as sectoral systems including the Gangmasters’ Licensing regime.  As well as doctrinal legal research, there is a component examining prosecutorial practice around these crimes.

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and will run until about the end of June 2018.  The hours will vary, but the assistant will be expected to work around 30 hours in total.


The post will report to Professor Cathryn Costello at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department for International Development (ODID).


  •                     General expertise in law and excellent legal research skills are essential.

  •                     A knowledge of OSCOLA and its operation is essential.

  •                     A knowledge of UK labour, criminal and immigration law is desirable.

  •                     Good admin and IT skills are essential.

  •                     The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library.


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


    Rate of Pay

    This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate, which is around £14.80/hour.  There will also be an element of holiday pay, calculated in the appropriate manner.


    This post is funded by the Oppenheimer Fund of the Department of International Development.

    How to Apply

    A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to by 20th April 2018. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability for the relevant period. Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

    Informal enquiries may be emailed to Cathryn Costello –