Fair Trials Europe 

Senior Lawyer (Law & Policy)

Fair Trials

Brussels, Belgium


Fair Trials is seeking to appoint a Senior Lawyer for its Law & Policy Team in its Brussels office, starting 1 September 2017 at the earliest. The Senior Lawyer will be a member of Fair Trials' global Law and Policy Team and will work under the supervision of the Regional Director (Europe) who heads the Brussels office. The Senior Lawyer be tasked with deputizing for the Regional Director (Europe) as needed, taking a lead role in the development and implementation of Fair Trials' legal activities aimed at improving respect for fair trial rights in Europe, and providing legal advice and support to junior lawyers and non-lawyers in Fair Trials' Brussels office as they develop and implement activities in their assigned areas and to members of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel ("LEAP"), a pan-European network of defenders of the right to a fair trial managed by Fair Trials.


1. Research and Advocacy:

  • Develop expertise in all of Fair Trials key areas of legal and policy work in Europe and, working with the leadership of the Brussels office and Fair Trials' global legal and policy team, develop compelling and coherent positions for Fair Trials' and the LEAP network's legal and policy work in Europe;
  • Monitor national and regional legal developments in Europe, identifying opportunities for Fair Trials and the LEAP network to inform relevant legislative processes and other avenues to pursue European advocacy priorities;
  • Lead on various legal and policy-related research and advocacy activities, including activities carried out in conjunction with partner organizations from across Europe and/or members of the LEAP network, ensuring all outputs are accurate, professional and further Fair Trials' good reputation.

2. Strategic Litigation and Case Assistance:

  • Build strong relationships with practitioners and legal experts across Europe, particularly members of the LEAP network, leading on the provision of advice and assistance to ongoing domestic and regional cases;
  • Lead the efforts of the Legal and Policy Team to develop and implement of strategies for European domestic and regional litigation which will further Fair Trials' and the LEAP network's strategic aims, including the production of third-party interventions, amicus curiae briefs and applications to European human rights and criminal justice monitoring bodies;
  • Support the Campaigns and Communications Team in its efforts to inform the public about their rights in criminal proceedings and to uncover and publicize cases of injustice across Europe.

3. Training and Capacity Building

  • Develop and implement various training programmes aimed at reaching a wide range of criminal justice practitioners, including members of the LEAP network;
  • Develop practice guides and other capacity building materials aimed at improving respect for the right to a fair trial across Europe;
  • Support the work of Fair Trials' Campaigns and Communications and Development teams spearheading the provisions of legal analysis, advice and input to activities run by them, and assist the Regional Director (Europe) in the training and capacity building of more junior legal and policy staff in the Brussels office.

4. Management and Development

  • Coordinate and implement various multi-country and multi-partner projects , including ensuring timely delivery of project outputs and required financial and narrative reporting to project donors, including the European Union;
  • Contribute to the development and drafting of fundraising applications for Fair Trials' work in Europe, taking the lead to develop and draft fundraising applications of particular relevance to the Legal & Policy Team;
  • Deputize for the Regional Director (Europe) during periods of absence.

5. Other

  • Work with the Regional Director (Europe) and other members of staff of the Fair Trials Brussels Office to develop and maintain relationships with policy makers and their advisers, particularly within the EU and Council of Europe institutions;
  • Represent Fair Trials externally at policy meetings and conferences, through public-speaking, in specialist publications and, as appropriate, in the media;
  • Carry out any other duties commensurate with the post.


1. Education

  • Educated to at least degree level, ideally with a relevant post-graduate qualification in human rights, criminal law and/or EU law.

2. Experience

  • Qualified lawyer with litigation experience required, ideally including significant post-qualification experience in the criminal defence work and/or strategic litigation;
  • Experience mentoring and/or managing the work of junior lawyers is also greatly preferred;
  • Experience designing, implementing and/or coordinating legal and policy-related programmes at national or international level would be advantageous;
  • Experience with managing grants from statutory donors and the development of funding applications to them, while not required, is also advantageous.

3. Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft high-quality legal arguments and to convey complex technical issues clearly and succinctly to a non-expert audience;
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills, and to produce high-quality results under time pressure;
  • A team worker, able to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with people across, and outside, the organisation;
  • Professional fluency in the English language required, with fluency in another European language a distinct advantage.

4. Other

  • Right to work in Belgium is required.


The post of Senior Lawyer (Law & Policy) is full-time with a salary of between €48,000 and €58,000 per year gross (inclusive of the 13th month and holiday pay as per Belgium law). Staff members in the Brussels office are granted 20 days of annual leave in accordance with Belgian law, an additional five days of paid extra-legal leave, plus public holidays (of which there are 10 annually in Belgium). A 5 % annual pension contribution will be paid beginning after the completion of the third month of service. The role is based in Brussels with regular travel across Europe and, occasionally, further afield.


Please send a CV and cover letter electronically to no later than 23:59 (CET) on Sunday 6 August 2017. Applications received after this will not be considered. Please clearly include your name and "Senior Lawyer" in the subject field of the email.

Your CV and cover letter should include:

  • Where you saw this job advertised?
  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your educational history, including universities/colleges attended with dates and significant qualifications obtained;
  • Your employment history, including all significant posts you have held - with dates, the names of the employers, and a description of the main duties, together with your present or most recent salary, and your contractual notice period. (You should also explain any significant gaps);
  • An explanation of why you would like the job; the qualities you would bring to it, including how you meet the person specification; how you would approach the task if you were you awarded the post;
  • The names and contact details of two referees who know your work, who may be contacted - you will be informed before any contact.

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