International Law Programme - Research Fellow

Chatham , London, United Kingdom
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Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world.

International affairs are undergoing a rebalancing in the sources of economic and political power, not only between states but also within them. This takes place as the world faces new challenges that can only be tackled collectively, from the climate emergency to cyber threats. In this context, the International Law Programme is expanding its work on new ways for building cooperation, reducing conflict, and protecting human rights through unpacking and developing international law.

To support the delivery of our mission and growth, we are seeking a Research Fellow to join the team.

Do you bring policy-sensitive expertise on international law, developed in a research, advisory or operational context? Do you have relevant networks and experience in project development and project implementation? If this sounds good so far, we'd love to hear from you.


In this role, you will work closely with both the Director and the Senior Research Fellow to develop and drive research activities in conjunction with a small, dedicated team. Alongside your own research, you will play a key role in delivering projects across the programme, growing our funding base, and engaging our networks.

You will:


  • Create, design and deliver research projects that contribute to programme and Institute goals;
  • Shape innovative research methodologies and outputs to generate greater impact;
  • Produce high-quality, policy-relevant research for publication by the Institute – including briefing papers and expert comments;
  • Generate impact by supporting research events, conferences and roundtables, utilising your expertise and networks;
  • Represent the programme as an authoritative speaker when called upon, including occasionally travelling abroad; and
  • Build relationships and collaboration with other research teams as well as external partners.

Project Management:

  • Manage the successful delivery of projects and other research activities in line with objectives, budgets and timelines; and
  • Coordinate work of other project participants and partners (internal and external).


  • Promote our research through presentations and engagement at conferences/roundtables/other events, through publications and via the media; and
  • Meet and brief visitors, including through formal and informal presentations.


  • Coordinate and work with the Programme Manager to evaluate funding needs;
  • Develop funding leads, prepare applications, and secure core and research funding; and
  • Strengthen relationships with existing donors.


The successful candidate will be an international law specialist who shares our commitment to international law as a vehicle for driving global cooperation and progress on human rights.


You have:

  • Demonstrable expertise in international law, including international human rights law, with sensitivity to policy contexts;
  • Experience of engaging with policymakers and with the broad international law community;
  • Experience researching and writing analytical pieces related to international law for diverse readerships;
  • Experience managing delivery of research projects, including communications/dissemination activities; and
  • Experience in fundraising for research/projects, including drafting of proposals and engaging with potential donors.


You are:

  • Self-motivated, collegiate, collaborative and consistent;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to form relationships;
  • A strong communicator, able to present information and arguments persuasively;
  • Comfortable with budgets and participating in financial planning and management; and
  • Able to manage a wide range of tasks and deliver to tight deadlines.

Chatham House is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days); pension scheme; employee assistance programme; medical insurance cash plan; life assurance and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle including access to Headspace and in-house yoga. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

We are willing to consider visa sponsorship for the right candidate.

Closing Date: 30 November 2020 at 10:00am. You will be notified of the status of your application within four weeks of the closing date. We will continuously look at CVs and interview on an oNGOing basis. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Salary: £40,000 - 45,000 (Depending on experience)

Contract: Full time (35 hours per week), permanent.