Lawyer (Climate and Forests)

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Expiration Date

25 Sep 2019

About the role 

The Lawyer will play an important role in delivering ClientEarth’s work to protect the word’s forests and reduce the threat of global climate change. The focus of the role is to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which seeks to prevent illegally logged timber from accessing the EU market. The EUTR creates obligations on companies selling timber in the EU to consider and, where necessary, mitigate the risk that the timber is illegal. While EUTR implementation has improved over the last few years, there is still much to do.

For the last seven years, ClientEarth has been working on improving the operation of the EUTR and plans to scale up previous work with current and new effective strategies. The role will require the use of a mixed set of approaches including legal research and analysis, capacity building and training, as well as complaint mechanisms. It will involve working independently and with partners, across the EU. The Lawyer will be responsible for building and maintaining networks with key partners, and for representing ClientEarth’s work to external audiences.

The role will also involve the identification of strategic opportunities to link work on the EUTR to a broader regulatory context, both in the EU and internationally, in order to improve the application of EU law and reduce the EU’s forest footprint.

The Lawyer will work directly with members of the Climate and Forests Programme and across ClientEarth’s offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw and Beijing. The post holder will also work closely with existing programmes to identify cross-programmatic dependencies, synergies and legal opportunities. This post will manage one Lawyer based in Warsaw and over time is expected to manage additional team members. The post holder will also work closely with an external network of NGOs, experts and EU institutions.

Role requirements

The successful candidate will have a Law degree and significant experience of relevant legal practice in an EU Member State/at EU level. A knowledge of EU institutions and processes is also essential. They will have excellent communication and networking skills as well as legal research and advocacy skills. Excellent written and verbal skills in English are essential, and a second EU language is highly desirable.

For a rough estimate of the take home (net) salary you can use this free online tool. Please note that this is an estimation and in no way a guarantee of your monthly income. ClientEarth cannot be held liable for the information provided on this link as this is only provided as a suggestion to help you understand the income tax in Belgium.

Further Information

ClientEarth is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that ClientEarth will only be able to employ those who have the legal right to work in the country where this post is based.

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