Research assistant to Dr Stefan Theil

Dr Stefan Theil is looking for a research assistant to help with a book on environmental human rights. The book draws on a unique dataset of environmental cases arising from a range of regional and domestic human rights protection regimes to argue for the recognition of a comprehensive framework that addresses the relationship between human rights and environmental harm: the environmental minimum. The project offers a unique opportunity for a research assistant to participate in the development of a novel methodology that incorporates quantitative evidence into conventional doctrinal legal research.

The post will report to Dr Stefan Theil. Stefan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights with research interests are in public law, human rights, and constitutional law. Stefan completed his doctoral work at the University of Cambridge (2017) shortly before joining the Bonavero Institute as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Civil and Political Rights.

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and will run until the end of December 2019. You will not be required to work for more than 7 hours in any given week, to a maximum of 35 hours.


  • A general understanding of the field of law and a reasonable understanding of human rights law is essential, knowledge of either environmental law, European Union law or general international law is desirable.
  • Previous experience with legal databases (e.g. hudoc, Westlaw) and data recording is desirable, but not essential.
  • Proficiency in written legal French and Spanish would be an advantage as some court judgments are only available in these languages.
  • This post requires 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, but you must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings.


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 £15.37/hour plus holiday pay of £2.63 = total of £18.00/hour


This post is funded by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email with the subject line ‘[Insert Name] Research Assistant Application’ to ( by noon on 21 October 2019. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability during Michaelmas 2019. Interviews of shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on Friday 25 October 2019.

Supervisors may be approached for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Stefan Theil ( 

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.