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- Legal Officer, UK

Legal Officer
Death Penalty Project


Job Description

The Death Penalty Project (DPP) is a legal action charity based in London. Our main purpose is to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty in all jurisdictions, with particular reference to those countries which retain the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final Court of Appeal and other Commonwealth countries (Caribbean, Africa and Asia).

Our main activities include:-

Litigation – broadly, these involve seeking legal restrictions and securing lawful alternative sentences to the death penalty; challenging serious miscarriages of justice; protecting vulnerable individuals; and, supporting foreign nationals charged under unfamiliar regimes.
Capacity building - enhancing expertise of mental health (forensic experts) and legal professionals (members of the judiciary, defence lawyers and prosecutors) in local jurisdictions on issues relating to the death penalty through training activities and provision of resource material.
Publications and research – commissioning and producing original studies to raise awareness of criminal justice and human rights issues relating to the death penalty.
Consultation and dialogue – providing expert advice and information to governments and key stakeholders to promote better-informed debates.

Job Description

Position: Legal Officer
Position reports to: Executive Directors
Duration of contract: Permanent, subject to 3 months probationary period
Hours: Full time. 9:30am to 5:30pm (one hour for lunch). Flexibility will be required. The legal officer will have to attend some evening meetings and on occasions work on the weekends.
Salary: £30,000 per annum
Holiday entitlement: 25 days plus UK bank holidays
Pension: 5%
Location: Central London
Start date: 1st June 2018

Key responsibilities

Litigation and casework support: assist the Executive Directors on applications to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, challenges before domestic and international tribunals
Undertake research on criminal, constitutional and international human rights law
Handle requests for support and advice from clients and preparing case assessments
Where appropriate, liaise with family members of individuals who have been detained
Contribute to the communications and fundraising work of The Death Penalty Project advocacy work

Experience and Qualifications

Qualified solicitor in England and Wales, 1-2 years PQE
Experience of criminal/public law preferable
Knowledge and understanding of international human rights law and mechanisms preferable
Flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high work load and multiple tasks with tight deadlines
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work in a self-servicing environment and working in a small team
Commitment to and understanding of The Death Penalty Project’s broad objectives
Permission to live and work in the UK


Closing date: 22 April 2018

To apply please send your completed CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date: 5pm, 22 nd April 2018. Interviews will be held in at the end of April.

The Death Penalty Project is committed to equal opportunities

Job posted on 11th April 2018
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