Two new opportunities for UK public lawyers

This week’s announcements include:

  1. Public Law Editorial Committee Invites Expressions of Interest for New Appointments
  2. House of Commons Library Looking to Appoint Constitutional Law Researcher


Public Law Editorial Committee Invites Expressions of Interest for New Appointments

Following retirements we are seeking to appoint three new members to the Editorial Committee. The General Editor, Professor Maurice Sunkin, therefore invites expressions of interest from those interested in joining the Committee. We are keen to attract outstanding candidates from any field of public law, although for at least one of the positions we would be particularly interested in hearing from those able to bring cross-disciplinary and/or jurisdictional perspectives. Since its current membership is overwhelmingly white male we are keen to receive expressions of interest from females and members of black and ethnic minority groups. Appointment to the Committee is unpaid and is to be for a fixed period of six years.

Expressions of interest, explaining how you would contribute to the Committee’s work, should be submitted by email to Professor Maurice Sunkin ( by 5pm on Friday 28 October 2017.

For further information, please contact the General Editor.


House of Commons Library Looking to Appoint Constitutional Law Researcher

Salary: £49,500 per annum
Salary Band: A2
Contract Type: Fixed term for 2 years
Number of Posts: 1
Type of Post: Concurrent
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 22/10/17 at 23:59


The Role

The House of Commons Library research service provides politically impartial briefing to MPs of all parties and their staff, through a confidential enquiry service, the publication of Briefing Papers and other online information. The Parliament and Constitution Centre covers subjects including constitutional law, parliamentary procedure, elections policy and devolution.

The post holder will work alongside an existing subject specialist to cover subjects relating to constitutional law (including the impact of Brexit), public inquiries, the administration of justice and the courts.  This work will include oral and written briefings for MPs and their staff, supporting them across the full range of their parliamentary duties, and producing material for publication online and in print.

The Person

The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:

  • Subject knowledge – a good knowledge and understanding of issues relating to constitutional law
  • Research and analytical skills – proven ability to collate complex, technical material relating to the UK constitution and to analyse, interpret, and present it clearly
  • Communication skills – an ability to produce clear, accurate oral and written briefings which are appropriate to the needs of the enquirer, whether specialist or non-specialist.
  • A first or upper second class degree in Law, or a relevant post-graduate qualification.


Annual leave starting at 28 days pro rata

Interest-free season ticket loan

Child care voucher scheme

Discounted membership of the in-house gym

All applications must be submitted on a House of Commons application form.
More information on the role and the full criteria can be found on the job description – Constitutional Law Researcher (.docx).