South Asia Legal Officer (closes 2 October)

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Hours: 5 days per week

Location: UK or Europe, with both remote working and office time

Grade: C

Salary: £36,579 in London including London weighting, to be adjusted for the cost of living in other locations


MRG’s South Asia project has developed extensive documentation of hate and violence against religious minorities over the last two years.

Now we are seeking an exceptional Legal Officer to use these to create of body of analysis and evidence that can be used to support advocacy and litigation efforts.

This newly created post that will lead on producing legal analysis and using it to contribute to advocacy materials and prepare legal submissions.





Legal analysis

  • Scan the environment for serious human rights violations and evidence of discrimination against religious minorities in South Asia
  • Analyse materials produced by Documentation and Database Officer and others to review trends, patterns and connections and establish whether crime thresholds have been met
  • Identify information gaps and sources from which to fill them
  • Produce reports and other outputs to present analysis and findings

Legal briefs and submissions

  • Provide oral briefings on cases where there are potential violations of international law
  • Lead on preparing and filing legal submissions under the EU Global Human Rights Sanction Regime, the US and UK and other Global Magnitsky Acts, through Universal Jurisdiction, and UN Treaty Bodies, and civil litigation mechanisms, among others

Advocacy and outreach

  • Support the Advocacy Officer and Documentation Officer in the preparation of analytical and research outputs
  • Collaborate with partners and peer organizations to develop and implement joint campaigns
  • Represent the project at meetings with key stakeholders as required




  • Strong commitment to human rights and MRG’s organisational values
  • Advanced degree in law, international law, or human rights law.
  • 3-5 years’ experience of conducting legal analysis in the human rights field
  • Demonstrated experience of delivering legal outputs
  • Strong understanding of international human rights and national/international criminal law
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to work sensitively and ethically with human rights defenders and survivors of human rights abuses
  • Comfortable working in a ‘start up culture’ – flexible, able to work autonomously from the start, have capacity to learn quickly, and proactive in bringing reliable ways of working to the organisation
  • Fluent in written and spoken English


  • Deep understanding on the human rights context in South Asia and/or minority rights abuses
  • Working knowledge of a South Asian language
  • Permission to live and work in the UK


How to apply

To apply, please our application form and then attach it to the form below. The application deadline is 2 October 2022. 

MRG values diversity. As an organization, minorities, indigenous persons, people with disabilities and people of colour are under-represented in our team and thus we particularly welcome applications from these groups.

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image: Tribal women forcibly displaced from their homes and land by District Forest Officers in the district of Ganjam, Odisha. Credit: Sarita Barpanda, Omkar Devdas and Sujata Dash, Human Rights Law Network, India.

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