Lawyer at ClientEarth

About the role

An exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced lawyer to support the development of the EU Aarhus centre. This role will involve developing legal and advocacy strategy, conducting cases before EU institutions' or international complaint mechanisms on behalf of ClientEarth, carrying out legal and policy research, analysis and writing, interfacing with representatives of EU institutions, governmental authorities, NGOs, media and other stakeholders.

Funding for this position is secured until end of 2015 with possibilities of extension. The role is based in ClientEarth’s Brussels office.

About you

The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of the EU institutions and its complaints mechanisms. You should be a good communicator to both internal and external audiences, be able to influence, convince and collaborate with individuals at all levels. More generally, you will be a strategic thinker and be able to identify issues and opportunities, to develop creative strategies in a rapidly shifting political and legislative landscape, and support all work with sound legal and technical expertise and analysis.

About us

ClientEarth is a public interest environmental law group founded in 2007. ClientEarth brings together law, science and policy to create practical solutions to key environmental challenges. Working in partnership with civil society and policy-makers, ClientEarth is committed to securing the rights of citizens and civil society to participation, information and justice in environmental matters. In Europe and beyond, ClientEarth’s 50 strong staff includes legal experts qualified in more than nine jurisdictions based in offices in London, Brussels and Warsaw. Our programmes cover biodiversity and ecosystems, climate and energy, and health and environment.

Project Description

ClientEarth office in Brussels is looking to recruit a lawyer with a minimum of 3 years of legal practical experience for our European Union (EU) Aarhus Centre. ClientEarth founded the EU Aarhus Centre in Brussels. The Centre takes its name from the flagship ‘Aarhus Convention’, that is, the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, the most progressive international agreement for citizens’ rights to information and access to justice in Europe.

The Centre aims to advance the principles of accountability, transparency and responsiveness for the good governance of EU institutions, and in particular to ensure that citizens are able to exercise their rights as granted by the Aarhus Convention. The Centre’s activities aiming at ensuring the compliance of the EU and its institutions with the Aarhus Convention are structured around four main streams: (1) ensuring a transparency framework through progressive EU legislations integrating Aarhus principles; (2) pursuing legal and institutional advocacy to change institutions behaviour and practice towards Aarhus rights; (3) assisting civil society organizations and individual citizens with their requests for documents, participation in decision making and access to EU Courts and (4) organizing events, trainings and disseminating information about Aarhus rights to stakeholders.

Contract: Part-time, permanent

Closing date: 16 October 2014

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Salary: €2,500 gross per month

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