Fisheries Lawyer

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27 Jun 2019
Fisheries Lawyer
Oceans Programme – Brussels
Job description
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a lawyer to contribute to ClientEarth’s Fisheries Project which aims to improve fisheries management in Europe and end overfishing. In this role, you will address issues relating to the implementation and revision of the EU Fisheries Control System, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy through advocacy and
legal action. You will use your skills and expertise to help develop and promote coherent, effective and transparent legal frameworks, as well as to ensure better implementation and enforcement of fisheries legislation.
The role involves a mix of developing and managing legal actions, and participating in policy development and advocacy work. Working relationships The position will be line-managed by the Fisheries Project Lead. The lawyer will have
key relationships with others in the Fisheries team (based in London and Brussels), as well as other members of the Oceans Programme and ClientEarth staff more generally.
Key responsibilities
  • Coordinate the advocacy efforts of the NGOs involved in the revision of the EU Fisheries Control System;
  • Draft legal briefings, proposed amendments to legislation, research notes, policy analysis, press releases and other relevant materials;
  • Participate in external meetings and undertake advocacy with relevant stakeholders, including politicians, government representatives, private sector actors and NGOs;
  • Research and evaluate the potential for using litigation and regulatory interventions to ensure compliance with the law on fisheries control and management, and provide legal assistance to other environmental organisations conducting related work;
  • Participate in the selection, development and prosecution of management of ClientEarth’s fisheries-related cases and other legal interventions, including evaluating risks and benefits of legal action to ClientEarth and other potential litigants;
  • Critically analyse laws, legislative proposals and policy proposals relevant to ClientEarth’s Fisheries Project;
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and reports to donors; June 2019
  • Work with the communications team to support efforts to raise public awareness about relevant issues through, for example, social media or media interviews;
  • In cooperation with other team members, develop strategies and programmes of work that best contribute to identified and agreed goals related to ocean health. This list is not exhaustive and the selected candidate will be required to undertake other relevant tasks.
This position will be based in ClientEarth’s Brussels office and may involve occasional
travel within Europe.
The role will be contracted for an initial period of 1 year. ClientEarth anticipates offering the
post-holder an extended contract / indefinite role at the end of this initial period, but this will
be funding dependent.
Person Specification
Education and training
  • Degree in law, or equivalent (essential);
  • Relevant legal professional training/qualification in an EU jurisdiction (desirable).
Experience & knowledge
  • Significant experience in law or policy development, at the EU or national levels;
  • A strong interest in environmental and/or fisheries law (essential);
  • An excellent understanding of the political, institutional and policy landscape relevant to EU decision making processes and law/policy development (essential);
  • Record of contribution to complex legal and policy analysis and strategic thinking in advocacy or legal analysis (essential);
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, fisheries, biodiversity or environmental protection issues (e.g. academic research, policy development, regulatory interventions or litigation) (desirable);
  • Experience of instructing and managing external counsel and building cases for litigation and shepherding legal challenges through court proceedings and/or making complaints to the European Commission (desirable).
Key competencies
  • Fluent in English and ideally another European language with excellent drafting, editing and oral communication skills;
  • Intrepreneurial approach to the law – ability to spot opportunities, unafraid to pursue innovative legal approaches and interpretations, excellent critical and lateral thinking, and analytical skills;
  • Ability to confidently chair meetings and coordinate the work of several organisations;
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to foster positive working relationships with diverse external and internal individuals;
  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a small team but also to execute work independently and take the initiative when required;
  • Ability to represent ClientEarth at meetings and public events, including with senior external stakeholders, and ability to adapt communication and language to influence non-expert audiences;
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage competing work priorities effectively;
  • Strong core IT skills (Microsoft suite - Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint).

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