Call for Applications: OPBP Executive Committee 2014-2015

Kate Mitchell 29th September 2014

Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP), the Oxford Law Faculty’s pro bono research organisation, is looking for graduate students with a passion for pro bono law to join the Executive Committee in the 2014-2015 academic year.

OPBP prepares free, high quality, international and comparative law research for lawyers and organisations around the world on important public interest matters. In recognition of our work, OPBP received the prestigious ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’ award at the 2013 LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards.

Serving on the OPBP Executive Committee presents an incredible opportunity to work at the forefront of public interest law. In 2013-14, OPBP has been involved with the American Civil Liberties Union for drafting a new ICCPR general comment on privacy; the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Constitutional Review Committee for Sierra Leone and the Department for International Development, providing research on executive powers to assist their work on drafting a new Sierra Leonean Constitution; and assisting the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in their mandates. OPBP Executive Committee members are responsible for leading and coordinating such cutting-edge projects in the academic year.

Applications are now open for the following positions on the Executive Committee:

1. Chairperson

Responsible for coordinating the OPBP committee.

2. Deputy Chairperson

Responsible for monitoring and evaluating OPBP projects and assisting the Chairperson.

3. Communications and Website Officer

Responsible for official OPBP communications, branding, and maintaining the OPBP website.

4. Treasurer

Responsible for monitoring OPBP finances, coordinating fundraising, and reporting to donors.

5. Events Officer and Liaison

Responsible for organising OPBP social events and liaising with other pro bono organisations.

6. Internships Coordination and Development Officer

Responsible for coordinating and raising funds for the OPBP Internship Fund and the Internship Placement Programme.

More information on these roles and their requirements can be found here.  Past projects that OPBP has completed can be found here.

The new committee will be in office from Michaelmas 2014 to Trinity 2015 (ie the end of the 2015 long vacation). Committee members work an average of 5 to 8 hours each week, including vacation period.

Applications should contain a curriculum vitae and a short statement of interest, including reference to whether you have volunteered for or contributed to OPBP in the past. Please email your applications to the OPBP Selection Panel at opbp@law.ox.ac.uk. Should you require further information about any of the positions and the responsibilities involved, please email Shreya Atrey or Kate Mitchell.

Applications close at 5pm on 10 October 2014 (Friday). Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Tuesday, 14 October and should be available for interviews on 17 October (Friday) and induction on 19 October (Sunday).

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