Legal Desk
Estimated Start Date: March-April 2013
Duty Station: Geneva (alternatively: home-based)
Time Commitment: full time (alternatively: part-time)
Possibility of Extension: Yes
Duration: 1 Month

WaterLex is looking for several Volunteers to get involved in the finalisation of its compilation of case law which aims at gathering national, regional and international case law pertaining to the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation (more information on our Call for Cases here). This initiative is taking place within the framework of the UN Decade Water for Life 2005-2015 and is the first of its kind worldwide. The compilation will result in a publication to be released this spring. Acknowledgement of participation will be officially provided in the publication.

The post is located at the WaterLex International Secretariat in Geneva (alternatively: home-based). Under the direct supervision of the Public Law Programme Coordinator and the overall supervision of the Head of Research, the incumbent will:

– Edit case summaries in accordance with the rules of the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities and the template adopted by WaterLex;
– Ensure case summaries meet academic standards as regards written legal English;
– Check the validity of hyperlinks provided by the contributors;
– Ensure that key court quotations were not overlooked by the contributors;
– Ensure the consistency of all case summaries within their given category;
– Identify relevant keywords for the realisation of an index.


PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent legal writing skills with good acquaintance with international human rights law. Good knowledge of environmental or water law is an asset. Strong ability to synthesize large volumes of information and draw pertinent conclusions.

TEAM WORK: Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues and with representatives of Governmental and non-governmental organisations to achieve organisational goals.

Experience: Prior relevant experience in the field of water law or socio-economic rights would be an asset but not essential.

Education: A Master’s degree in human rights law, environmental law or public international law would be preferred, but applications from LLB/JD students are also encouraged.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English with excellent legal writing skills. Proficiency in Spanish would be an asset.
Should you be interested in this Offer, please contact asap:
Mr Vivien Deloge, Project Coordinator
83 rue de Montbrillant, CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 733 83 36