Fisheries Lawyer

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19 Apr 2021

Fisheries Lawyer (0428)

  • Salary:
    From €3 517 gross per month
  • Location:
  • Contract Type:
  • Hours:
    Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    19 April 2021
  • First Interview Dates:
    Week commencing 3rd May 2021

About the role


We are looking for a Brussels-based lawyer to join our Fisheries Project and help improve fisheries management in Europe and put an end to overfishing. 

We are a legal and environmental charity that uses the power of the law to fight against climate change and to protect nature and the environment. In this role, you will be working on issues relating to the implementation and revision of the EU Fisheries Control System and to the implementation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) through advocacy and legal action. The role involves a mix of developing and managing legal actions and participating in policy development and advocacy work.

Meet your Manager

In this role, you will be managed by Elisabeth Druel, who is based in our Brussels office. Elisabeth joined ClientEarth in 2015 to work on fisheries control and the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. In 2019, she became Fisheries Project Lead, and now oversees the work of the team in areas such as the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies, the implementation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, and the fight against illegal fishing

Main Duties

  • Contribute to the advocacy efforts of the coalition of NGOs involved in the revision of the EU Fisheries Control System
  • Draft legal briefings, proposed amendments to legislation, research notes, policy analysis, press releases
  • Represent ClientEarth, participate in external meetings and undertake advocacy efforts
  • Research and evaluate the potential for using litigation and regulatory interventions to ensure compliance with the law on fisheries control and management
  • Participate in the selection, development, and management of ClientEarth’s fisheries-related cases and other legal interventions,
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals and reports to donors
  • Support efforts to raise public awareness about fisheries issues

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

Role requirements

  • Degree in law
  • Significant experience in law or policy development, at national or EU levels
  • An excellent understanding of the political, institutional, and policy landscape relevant to EU decision making processes and law/policy development
  • A strong interest in environmental and/or fisheries law
  • Excellent drafting, editing, and oral communication skills
  • Fluent (CEFR level C2) in English (essential)
  • Fluent (CEFR level C2) in another European language (essential)

For the full requirements for this role, and in order to apply, please click here.

Further Information

Have a question about this job? Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more.

Flexible working: Post-covid, we are giving our staff the choice to decide where they want to work for 80% of their week, with the other 20% of their week 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. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.

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.


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