Professor Lavanya Rajamani is looking for a Research Assistant to help with a research project that seeks to identify and distil the influence of principles of international environmental law upon the determination of ‘fair shares’ of states in discharging the climate mitigation burden. The RA will be required to read the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that States have submitted under the 2015 Paris Agreement with a view to cataloguing the principles of international environmental law to which they refer. The RA will also be required to assist with editorial tasks related to publishing the article that will emerge from this piece of research.

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: up to 100

Maximum number of hours per week – 8. The work needs to be completed between July and 31 October, but there is some flexibility, if agreed in advance, in how the work may be spread over that period.

Start date: as soon as possible

Date by which the work must be completed: 31st October 2020


The Research Assistant will report to Professor Lavanya Rajamani


  • A general understanding of the field of law is essential
  • A knowledge of and familiarity with international environmental law, and international climate change law in particular
  • This post requires a strong background in international environmental law, excellent writing and research skills, and access to online search tools and a law library.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.
  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library


This position 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.  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).

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to by the 8th July. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.  Arrangements involving an RA working for their own supervisor must be approved by the Associate Dean for Research Students.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to  (Lavanya Rajamani)