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Barrister or Solicitor, Human Rights Litigation NGO 

Salary: £40,000-£43000 PA.  

Start date: 30th of January or as soon as possible thereafter. 


GLAN is recruiting a qualified solicitor or barrister. The role will involve working on GLAN’s existing and future innovative, transnational legal actions across each of our four strategic themes as well as related advocacy and communications work. We are seeking to recruit a lawyer with exceptional analytical and drafting skills as well as a proven ability to work across diverse areas of law and to quickly develop a command of new areas. The successful candidate will report to GLAN’s Director and will work remotely. They will be required to attend occasional in-person meetings in London and Galway and to travel occasionally. 


The litigation side of the role will involve some or all of the following: gathering evidence, identifying available legal arguments and avenues for legal intervention and drafting correspondence, legal submissions, complaints, instructions to external counsel, evidence summaries, reports etc. The advocacy side will involve engaging with the affected communities GLAN seeks to support and other partners and stakeholders as well as assisting with communications work (e.g. the drafting of a press release). The successful candidate will also be expected to support certain aspects of GLAN’s operational work, including providing input into funding applications, reporting to funders. 


Experience as a practitioner in the area of criminal law  is essential. As much of GLAN’s work involves applying Anti-Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime law, knowledge of these areas of law as they apply in Ireland and/or the UK is desirable. The applicant should also have a familiarity with the rules of evidence. 




GLAN works with affected communities to pursue innovative legal actions across borders to challenge states and other powerful actors involved in human rights violations and systemic injustice. Our actions address the most pressing instances of human rights concern and they fall within the following themes: War and occupation; accountability and supply chains; environmental and economic justice; and migration and border violence. 


Since our establishment in 2016, we have developed legal strategies directly addressing human rights impacts in over 23 countries and territories. Our cases include a recently heard judicial review application on behalf of World Uyghur Congress challenging imports into the UK of cotton produced with forced labour in Xinjiang (East Turkistan) and an ongoing climate case against 33 European States before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, brought on behalf of six Portuguese youth-applicants. 




GLAN strongly encourages applications from black, Asian, minority ethnic and/or disabled candidates, as well as those who have been directly impacted by social and/or structural injustice. GLAN recognises that the sector we work in urgently needs the benefit of greater diversity, and that many people from such backgrounds face impediments to access or progression within the sector. We understand that extensive criteria can discourage applicants from less privileged backgrounds and that some candidates will not apply for a role unless they feel they meet 100% of the essential and desirable requirements. If you are from such a background and meet some but not all of the criteria below, we would still very much like to hear from you. 


To apply for this position, please submit a CV, cover letter and two examples of your legal written work to by close of business on December 15th 2022. Selection of the successful candidate will be made on merit of skill and ability to carry out the role. 




This full-time contract will last for at least 12 months (working 5 days per week). Transition to a permanent position following the expiry of the initial contract is possible. 




  • Supporting existing GLAN executive team members with the progression of existing case work through the gathering and analysing of evidence, legal research and analysis, legal drafting and engagement with affected communities. 

  • Developing and leading new legal interventions. 

  • Carrying out case-related communications and advocacy work, including by engaging with partner organisations. 

  • Implement GLAN’s data protection and security policies.   

  • Work with GLAN’s Director on securing funding in support of the organisation and specific cases.  






  • Qualified solicitor or barrister. 

  • Exceptional analytical and drafting skills 

  • Experience in the area of criminal litigation 

  • Familiarity with the rules of evidence.  

  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills.  



  • Two years post-qualification experience.  

  • Experience in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering and/or Proceeds of Crime law 

  • Experience working on criminal investigations or in complex case building 

  • Track record in human rights practice and advocacy.  

  • Active interest in open-source investigations.  

  • Competency in Arabic or Spanish 




  • Proactive, creative and self-motivated, with a passion for our work.  

  • Commitment to working collaboratively with affected communities.   

  • Excellent organisational skills. 

  • Ability to set and meet deadlines.   

  • Highly sensitive to digital security considerations, in particular where affected communities are concerned.  

  • The ability to quickly become familiar with new information and legal regimes.   

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