Senior Lawyer*, Fundamental Rights

Salary: From £57,500 per annum gross London, From €5 485 per month gross Brussels
Location: Brussels, London
Contract Type: Indefinite
Hours: Full Time or Part TimeHours Details:
Full Time preferred, but would consider Part Time
Closing Date: 9 February 2023First Interview Dates:
From the week of 20th February

This role is designed for an experienced legal professional to join ClientEarth’s newly formed team working on Fundamental Rights and cooperate with other teams on the interaction between the environment and fundamental rights. The focus of the role will be to use fundamental rights law and environmental law to protect human health, the environment and the climate. This will involve both implementation and enforcement of existing legislation and development of new and innovative legal arguments, based on the fundamental rights framework, in order to protect human health and ensure a healthy environment. The immediate work focuses on the cross section between air pollution and violations of fundamental rights such as the right to health, but the role offers opportunities for working on other ClientEarth work streams to identify innovative legal interventions.

* The successful candidate’s final title will be agreed prior to a formal offer, and will depend on their professional qualifications and the applicable regulated titled allowed to be used in the relevant jurisdiction.

Meet your Manager

In this role you will be managed by Vesselina Newman, who is our Senior Lawyer, Fundamental Rights. Vesselina has practiced strategic human rights litigation for over twenty years. She has litigated cases in Europe and Africa before national and international courts. At ClientEarth, Vesselina works at the cross-section of human rights and environmental law, where the climate and ecological crises affect fundamental rights, including the rights to life and to health. She leads the Fundamental Rights team, which is part of ClientEarth’s Just Societies group, and works with all teams at ClientEarth to develop an approach integrating the protection of the environment and human rights, since every day shows these to be ever more inextricably entwined.

Main Duties

  • Developing new strategies, planning and delivering a programme of work on the intersection of enviromental pollution and violation of fundamental rights;
  • Developing innovative ways of using the law to achieve systems change, generating creative ideas and problem solving.
  • Developing robust legal theories based on fundamental rights to tackle air pollution and other environmental problems;
  • Identifying opportunities for targeted legal interventions and preparing them for launch, such as litigation before national courts or complaints to international and regional human rights fora;

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role.

Role requirements

  • Law degree
  • Experience of leading litigation before the European Court of Human Rights
  • Fluent (CEFR level C2) in English

See the job description (below) for a full list of requirements for this role.

Note to candidates: We know that long lists of criteria can be daunting and that some candidates will not apply for a role unless they feel they are 100% qualified. If you feel you meet at least some of the essential criteria below, we still encourage you to apply.

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Flexible working: Our flexible working policy allows our people the choice to decide to work from home in the country where their contract of employment is issued for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based  See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the country where this post is based.

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

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