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With over 1500 students and 150 members of academic, research and professional services staff, Edinburgh Law School is a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community dedicated to providing research and teaching with local and global reach and impact.

We currently have the following job opportunities available.

The School of Law (on behalf of the Global Citizenship Observatory based at the European University Institute in which it is a partner) is seeking to recruit two Research Assistants on a part time temporary basis (0.2 FTE – 1 day per week) to support the maintenance and development of the online databases that underpin the Global Citizenship Observatory in the areas of citizenship law and electoral participation.

Supervised by Jo Shaw, who is one of the GLOBALCIT co-Directors, and working with an international network providing inputs into the Observatory, the Research Assistants will collect, analyse, check and classify data on national and international citizenship laws and enter it into the existing databases in order to ensure that they remain accurate and up to date. As required, one or both of the Assistants will also participate in GLOBALCIT Citizenship research and dissemination activities.

These are fixed term posts until 31 October 2020.
Salary: £23,067 to £26,715 per annum, pro rata.
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on 2nd December 2019.

View the full job description and application information here.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the AHRC funded project, Identity Deception: A Critical History for a period of three months. The Research Fellow will be part of the Edinburgh Law School and will work under the supervision of Dr Chloë Kennedy.

The project critically investigates developments in the way that law is used to respond to identity deceptions, specifically identity 'theft' and intimate deceptions (deceptions that are aimed at inducing intimacy with another person, e.g. in the form of a romantic relationship, marriage, or sexual encounter). Part of this involves historical investigation into how the law has been used this way in the past. The purpose of this role is to undertake exploratory archival research, primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) investigating the Justiciary Court records that are held in National Records Scotland (Edinburgh).

This post is full time (35 hours per week), and fixed term.
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum.
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) on 16th December 2019.

Ideally this post will start in January 2020, however, there is some flexibility in the start date for the right candidate.

View the full job description and application information here.

Applications are invited from world-leading scholars in the field of medical law and ethics for the Chair of Medical Jurisprudence.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of gender or ethnic group. We particularly encourage applications from women/men and members of ethnic minorities, who are currently under-represented in posts at this level. All appointments will be made on merit. Edinburgh Law School is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all its employees. In 2017 the School was granted an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of its promotion of diversity and gender equality among staff and students.

The first UK chair in medical jurisprudence was established at Edinburgh University in 1807, initially in the Faculty of Law and then the Faculty of Medicine, returning to the School of Law in 2005. Its (re)establishment in Edinburgh Law School marked a commitment to research and teaching excellence in this field, and signalled the objective to secure Edinburgh’s position as one of the leading centres for medical law and ethics in the United Kingdom and beyond.

The University seeks to appoint a leading scholar working in any area of medical law and ethics (including bioethics) and from any jurisdiction to lead, strengthen and complement our existing internationally recognised research. As well as undertaking world-leading research, the successful candidate will deliver excellent research-led teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The successful candidate will also contribute to the impact and public engagement activities of the Mason Institute and its research community, and through the Institute and by other means, enhance the position of Edinburgh Law School as an acknowledged leader in the field of medical law and ethics.

This is a full time, open-ended position. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the appointment from 1st August 2020 and no later than 1st September 2020.

Salary: Within the Professorial scale.

Closing date: Wednesday 15th January, 12pm (GMT).

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of School, Professor Martin Hogg (

View the full job description and application information here.