Professor Tarun Khaitan is looking for a research assistant to assist with a project on anti-discrimination law in India. The project is part of work being conducted on the OPEN Fellowship (funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund) entitled ‘Towards Comprehensive Equality Legislation in India’. The successful applicant will primarily conduct research analysing equality and anti-discrimination legislations in various jurisdictions and assist in the drafting of the central and state anti-discrimination Bills.

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until 31st July 2021, working a maximum of 140 hours over the lifetime of the project.

You will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week, which is the maximum allowed in the Law Faculty for graduate research students.


The Research Assistant will report to Prof Tarun Khaitan.


  • A general understanding of the field of constitutional/human rights law is essential;
  • Prior experience or expertise in any aspect of anti-discrimination law in any jurisdiction will be an asset;
  • Ability to manage own research and administrative activities;
  • Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills;
  • The capacity to work well in a team;
  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library, but you must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings during the summer break (subject to any pandemic-related restrictions).


This position is open to current graduate research students at the Law Faculty, Department of Politics & International Relations, or the Blavatnik School of Government. The hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students in the Law Faculty.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

More than 12 weeks (variable hours contract): 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 £2.63 per hour worked (= total of £18.00/hour).


This position is funded by the OPEN Fellowship Grant, administered by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

How to Apply

Please submit:

  • 2 page CV;
  • 2 page cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any);
  • 5,000 word piece of written work.

Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role in your cover letter, plus details of your availability.

Ensure you send all documents in pdf format by email to by 5pm (London time) on Thursday 15th April.  

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to