Senior Legal Officer

  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

Responsible to: Senior Director for Law and Policy Programme

Key Relationships: Law and Policy Programme Team, Programme leads and legal officers in regional offices, Communications and Information team

Working hours: Full time - 37.5 hours a week

Contract: Fixed term (1 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019) 

Salary:  £48,000 per annum

Location: ARTICLE 19 International office in London preferred, or other ARTICLE 19 regional office

Special conditions:  Frequent travel required, some evening and weekend work 


Established in 1987, ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. Our mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world, through international advocacy, legal analysis, and regional and national projects.

In the previous five years, one of the key achievements of ARTICLE 19 has been expanding and strengthening our international reach by consolidating our presence outside the UK, recruiting national or regional staff, and establishing strong and operationally autonomous national or regional offices.  Being based in the countries and regions on which we work, we believe we have a better understanding of regional and national realities and local needs and thus have greater impact on freedom of expression developments. We are able to respond more swiftly to opportunities or crises. We are closer to our partners, and thus more capable to respond to their demands and strengthen interactions and capacities. ARTICLE 19 regional/national offices are able to rely on ARTICLE 19’s international work, legal and policy expertise, and its reputation for delivery and impact, and bring all of these qualities and characteristics to national debates for a stronger protection of the right to access to information and freedom of expression. ARTICLE 19 Law Programme is operating from London as a part of the international office. 


Under the supervision of the Senior Director for Law and Policy, the Senior Legal Officer plays a crucial role in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of information globally, delivering cutting edge leadership of ARTICLE 19 in this area. S/he provides legal and policy expertise, including through analysing laws and policies on freedom of expression and freedom of information; international, regional and national litigation; researching and monitoring new developments and trends with the view of identifying and responding to key concerns and opportunities. S/he is be also developing and promoting ARTICLE 19 policies and positions on a variety of freedom of expression and freedom of information issues, campaigning for progressive legal reforms, developing resource materials and delivering trainings for ARTICLE 19 stakeholders.  Further, s/he contributes to the Law Programme’s strategic and operational planning and reporting and is directly responsible for the management and implementation of one or more legal projects. S/he works closely with legal and programmatic staff of ARTICLE 19 regional offices and programmes to address emerging challenges to freedom of expression and freedom of information in respective regions and to identify new opportunities for engagement and advocacy on them in target countries and regions.

In addition to managing her/his own work expeditiously and to consistently high standards, s/he demonstrates leadership and mentoring qualities which can be utilised in support of lawyers and programmatic staff in regional offices as well as drive forward developments within her specific area of responsibility. 


Provide high level legal and policy advice

  • Analyse and critique laws and legislative proposals from the perspective of international and regional legal standards on freedom of expression and freedom of information; 
  • Produce for a range of external audiences legal analyses, statements, policy briefs and press releases on freedom of expression and freedom of information; 
  • Provide sound, timely high quality legal and policy advice to ARTICLE 19 regional teams and stakeholders on freedom of expression and freedom of information issues; 
  • Contribute to standard settings on freedom of expression and freedom of information, through legal research, producing draft policies and policy statements, participating in key meetings and promoting adopted ARTICLE 19 policies at various forums; 
  • Work closely with ARTICLE 19’s regional offices and programmes to address emerging challenges to freedom of expression and freedom of information in respective regions and identify new opportunities for ARTICLE 19 engagement and advocacy on them; 
  • Develop and deliver trainings to lawyers, media workers, civil society activists, human rights defenders and other stakeholders in target countries and regions on freedom of expression and freedom of information standards; 
  • Draft legal submissions and legal briefs and assist lawyers in litigation of freedom of expression and freedom of information cases; 
  • Monitor global legal and policy trends with regard to freedom of expression and freedom of information and identify key areas of concerns and involvement for ARTICLE 19.

Contribute to the Law Programme strategic planning, development and projects implementation 

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of relevant legal strategies and plans of the Law Programme; 
  • Develop fund-raising proposals for thematic project on freedom of expression and freedom of information and maintain contact with donors; 
  • Ensure effective and timely implementation of assigned Law Programme project/s, including effective work planning, budget management and narrative and financial reporting and project evaluation.


  • Undertake mentoring role with regard to the staff in regional offices in the areas of expertise; 
  • Manage the interns of the Law Programme; 
  • Maintain and increase ARTICLE 19 network of legal contacts globally and expand the contacts related to freedom of expression and freedom of information; 
  • Represent ARTICLE 19 as appropriate at conferences and events and to various audiences and forums; 
  • Contribute to ARTICLE 19 publications and media outputs; 
  • Undertake such other reasonable tasks as may be assigned by the Senior Director for Law and Policy. 




  • Law degree, preferable at master level or higher with at least some specialisation in international human rights law, media law and/or digital rights;
  • Sound knowledge of international law on freedom of expression and freedom of information; 
  • Thorough knowledge of international and regional human rights law and mechanisms in general and of recent developments at the international level. 

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent legal analysis skills; 
  • Outstanding writing skills and fluency in English; 
  • Ability to manage projects and projects assigned staff and provide leadership; 
  • Good public speaking and interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage time effectively, without administrative support; 
  • Ability to undertake a variety of tasks within the same time frame; 
  • High level of organisation and self-motivation; 
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as a part of a team; 
  • Proficiency (spoken and written) in French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Arabic.


  • Experience of working in the field of freedom of expression and freedom of information, especially media law and digital rights;
  • Experience in writing and/or editing materials for publications; 
  • Experience in managing projects (from inception, planning, delivery and impact assessment), monitoring and evaluation  and managing the work of others, including mentoring in distance; 
  • Strong policy development experience;

Other requirements 

  • Must already have the right to work in the UK or in the country of location. ARTICLE 19 does not offer sponsorship to those applying for work permits/visa;
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural work environment and with a commitment to non-discrimination and equal opportunities. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of the team. 


  • Regional expertise in Europe and Central Asia, Latin America. MENA region, Asia and/or Africa; 
  • Media expertise; 
  • Knowledge of both common and civil law systems. 

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