JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 1

Session 2003-04                        26 November 2003


Starting salary in the range of £60,000-£100,000+ pa depending on qualifications and experience

Two year fixed term appointment (with the possibility of extension and/or permanency)

Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights is seeking to appoint a full-time Legal Adviser to succeed Professor David Feldman, who is returning to academic work. Candidates will be expected to have a wide understanding of the law of at least one of the jurisdictions of the UK, and to have practical or academic experience of using human rights law at a senior level in the public or private sector (including voluntary organizations or universities).  It is likely that the successful candidate will have an academic and/or professional qualification in law.

The Joint Committee, comprised of Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords, considers and reports on the human rights implications of all Bills and draft Bills before the two Houses, scrutinises any proposed remedial orders to amend legislation incompatible with Convention rights, conducts inquiries into general matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (excluding individual cases), and monitors and follows up the United Kingdom's periodic reports to international human rights treaty bodies. 

The person appointed will become part of the small secretariat which supports the Committee in its work. You will assist in and advise on all aspects of the Joint Committee's work, but the Legal Adviser's first priority will be to provide advice, often under pressure, on the human rights aspects of proposed legislation.  You may also be required from time to time to provide advice on human rights issues to other Committees of the two Houses.

Further information on the Committee's work, and access to its publications, can be found on its website at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/hrhome.htm.

Impartiality is a fundamental requirement for this post and you will not generally be given permission to participate in any political activity for the duration of this appointment.  The post is a joint appointment of the two Houses and will start on 1 April 2004.

Excellent service conditions apply: membership of a final salary staff pension scheme; generous annual leave (to be taken when the House is in recess); assistance for childcare.

Please download an application pack at www.capitaras.co.uk.  Alternatively, for further details and an application pack, please contact Capita RAS, Innovation Court, New Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7JB or telephone 0870 169 9723 (24 hours).

The closing date for return of applications is 10 December 2003.

Please quote: Reference B7437

The House of Commons and House of Lords are committed to equal opportunities.

Applications from candidates with disabilities will be welcomed.

Legal Adviser

Copy of the advert for Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights