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Full-time Research Assistant is sought for School of Law project 'Youth Climate Justice'

26 Jan 2024
Photo credit - Ireland's Children and Young People’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, by Fabian Boros

A full -time Research Assistant is sought for the Law School project 'Youth Climate Justice'. The project will analyse the growing trend of child and youth climate activism, particularly how they are claiming and asserting their own rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Youth Climate Justice Project is based at the School of Law, UCC. The project, which is co-hosted by UCC’s Environmental Research Institute, is led by Principal Investigator Prof Aoife Daly. She is a human rights law academic specialising in children's rights. It is supported by a €2m Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council. The funding is part of the EU's Horizon Europe Programme.

The project examines in-depth how young climate activists, many under the age of 18, have organised and protested online and in the streets; accessing national committees and courts, and bringing UN petitions. The Research Assistant will be working with Prof Daly at the School of Law, in a team which includes PhD and postdoctoral researchers.

The Research Assistant will engage in both administrative tasks and research such as literature reviews. You will be a highly motivated and organised person, with strong computer and research skills. A background in law and/or human rights is desirable but not obligatory. The position is full time but a decreased working week is a possibility. It is a one year post with the possibility of extension.

The deadline for applying is 12 noon on Feb 8th 2024. Find the application page here, and use code 07413 to find the position:

For further information, please contact Prof Aoife Daly 

School of Law

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