Dr Barbara Havelková is looking for a research assistant to help with research on burden of proof in discrimination cases.

Duration and hours

The work is to start in early March and should finish by the end of July 2017. There is a total of 30 hours allocated. The research assistant will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week.


The post will report to Dr Barbara Havelková.


Czech ordinary courts have struggled with the correct application of the ‘shift of burden of proof’ provisions that were transposed into domestic law from EU anti-discrimination directives. As a result of misapplication by ordinary courts, the Czech Constitutional Court has been called to decide on proof issues on several occasions, evolving its own interpretation over the years. This case-law has yet to be analysed (domestically, let alone in English). Moreover, as a procedural provision, burden of proof is often overlooked by anti-discrimination law scholars.

The research thus aims to contribute not just to our understanding of the implementation of EU anti-discrimination law domestically, but also to our theoretical understanding of the concept of shift of burden of proof and its role in anti-discrimination law.

The Czech case will be put into comparative context, notably of the UK and Germany. The research assistance will be used mainly for literature reviews in these two jurisdictions. In the later stage of writing, English language proof-reading and general editing might be required.

A knowledge of comparative human rights law and/or comparative equality law is desirable. No knowledge of Czech law is expected. Excellent writing and research skills are essential. Being a native English speaker might be an advantage as might be the ability to do legal research on Germany.


This post 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.

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/hour.


This post is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund (RSF1617-45)

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to barbara.havelkova@law.ox.ac.uk by the 3st March 2017. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to barbara.havelkova@law.ox.ac.uk