Dr Jessie Blackbourn is looking for two research assistants to help with a research project on ‘radicalisation cases in the family courts’.

One research assistant will conduct a review of primary and secondary source material including academic literature and law reports to identify the core principles of child protection used by the family courts, and to examine how the family courts have traditionally dealt with children deemed at risk. The other research assistant will conduct a review of the publicly available cases recorded since 2015 relating to how the family courts have dealt with children deemed to be at risk of radicalisation or of being involved in terrorist activities. An understanding of, or experience researching family law is thus essential.

Duration and hours

Each research assistant will be expected to work for up to 96 hours in total up to 12 weeks, starting 1 May 2018.

Reporting

The post will report to Dr Jessie Blackbourn.

Requirements

  • A general understanding of the field of law is essential
  • A reasonable understanding of family law, or experience researching family law is essential
  • Knowledge of terrorism and radicalisation cases would be useful
  • This post requires excellent writing and research skills, and access to online search tools and a law library
  • 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

Eligibility

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 £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £1.78 = total of £16.59/hour

Funding

This post is funded by the University’s John Fell Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to jessie.blackbourn@csls.ox.ac.uk by 1pm on Monday 27 April. Interviews will be held from Tuesday 24 April to Friday 27 April. In your application, please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and state any preference for conducting either the literature review (research assistant one) or the case review (research assistant two).

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to jessie.blackbourn@csls.ox.ac.uk   

 

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.

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