Prof Liora Lazarus (Faculty of Law) and Prof Steve New (Said Business School) are looking for up to two Research Assistants to assist with research on Modern Slavery. This short project will run up to the end of July 2020, and is funded by the AHRC and Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre.

Modern Slavery has been forced onto corporate agendas by the provisions of legislation in California, the UK and Australia, which requires a form of corporate reporting. This reporting has been designed to allow consumers and civil society to exercise a type of accountability over those companies that effectively control complex global production networks and commodity chains. Although these new requirements have been criticised, it has nevertheless pushed many large organizations to release information about their own supply systems.

This project seeks to explore 'effectiveness' of the reporting requirements model has been called into question in various recent and ongoing studies by (1) reviewing a variety of regulatory models and (2) assessing the number of civil society organisations and consultancies offering benchmarking services and assessments to better understand different expectations and measurements for ‘effectiveness’ in corporate reporting to address modern slavery.

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until 30 July 2020.

The total number of hours of work available is 400.  The weekly working hours will vary, though each RA will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week, which is the maximum allowed by the Law Faculty for graduate research students.

If applying from another department, please state guidelines regarding working hours for students hosted by your department, including an email address for your graduate/studies/departmental administrator.


The post will report to Lisa Hsin (AHRC Modern Slavery Research Fellow).


  • A general understanding of business and human rights law is essential.

  • A reasonable knowledge of international law or commercial law is desirable.

  • Knowledge of debates on corporate disclosure obligations under section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 is desirable.

  • A knowledge of English is essential with strong attention to detail.

  • This post requires a clear communication skills with excellent written and analytical skills.

  • Good admin and IT skills are essential. Some knowledge of qualitative analytical software such as NVivo is desirable.

  • The work can be done in any place where you have access to the internet, but you must be based in Oxford in order to attend (at least initially) weekly update meetings.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty or Said Business School.

The maximum working hours per week (stated above) are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students within the Faculty of Law.

Rate of Pay

For work lasting more than 12 weeks: 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 publicly funded by the AHRC and Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre and 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 to ( Please explain how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability for both interview (if necessary) and project working.

Deadline for applications will be noon on Monday 24 February 2020

Interviews/application follow up is likely to take place by the end of the same week.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to