British Red Cross and ICRC - Customary IHL: Senior Research Fellow/Team Leader - International Humanitarian Law

04 January 2018

In the framework of the co-operation between the ICRC and the British Red Cross to update the practice collection of the ICRC's study on customary international humanitarian law (IHL), the ICRC and the British Red Cross seek to recruit for the Senior Research Fellow/Team Leader position in the customary IHL research team based in Cambridge/UK.

In the first endeavour of its kind, in 2005 the ICRC published its Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law, which identified 161 key rules of customary IHL and presented the State practice on which they are based, as well as related international practice. In 2007, in cooperation with the British Red Cross, the ICRC started a project to update the collection of State and international practice underlying the study.

The British Red Cross is seeking to hire a senior legal researcher to lead and manage the customary international humanitarian law (IHL) research team based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. The research team is responsible for the collection, analysis and, where applicable, translation of documents concerning world-wide practice in the area of customary IHL.

The post holder will lead the team, reporting to the Head of International Law at the British Red Cross, as well as working under the supervision of the Geneva-based ICRC legal adviser responsible for customary IHL. In addition to undertaking research, they will co-ordinate and oversee the work of the team on a day-to-day basis, including the incorporation of relevant aspects of the research into an English-language database.


  • Candidates should have an LL.M. or the equivalent professional experience, as well as a demonstrated understanding of the structure, scope and main areas of international law and international humanitarian law.
  • They should have experience of supervising others, rigorous analytical skills and a keen eye for detail.
  • Excellent written English is essential.
  • Good knowledge of additional languages is desirable.

The duration of the post is until 31 December 2020, with the possibility of extension (funding dependent).

Please note that applicants must already hold a relevant visa and have the right to work in the UK. The British Red Cross is not able to sponsor visa applications.

To apply, and for details about the position, please visit the British Red Cross website at:

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Final closing date for applications is Sunday, 14 January, 2018 (midnight).

Interviews will take place in London, the week commencing Monday, 5 February, 2018.