Job Opportunity: Legal or Policy Researcher | Land Portal

This position will collaborate with the Director and Research Staff of the Law School's Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment to execute the Center’s applied research agenda on the laws, policies, and practices that shape international investment and its alignment with sustainable development and human rights. Specifically, the incumbent will contribute to ongoing projects and research related to trends and developments in international investment policy and legal frameworks, and alternative policies and practices related to international investment, particularly with respect to the Center’s focus on natural resource investments (e.g. land, agriculture and mining), the energy transition, human rights, and finance. This position also supports CCSI’s technical advisory work with select governments, companies, and civil society organizations.  The incumbent will contribute to ongoing projects, including through project and advisory work, desk research, stakeholder consultations, organizing and facilitating events and trainings, maintaining contact with collaborators, and helping to develop materials for publications, among other possible activities. Requires a high degree of initiative and independent judgment.

Research and writing responsibilities include:
Conducting literature reviews, gathering data, doing interviews, and conducting legal or policy analysis;  mapping the institutional, policy, and stakeholder landscape relevant to specific Center initiatives and goals; collaborating with external leaders, practitioners and scholars, including Government partners of CCSI; designing and organizing research-oriented conferences, seminars, trainings and workshops; working on the various publications, databases and other resources of the Center; writing papers, case studies and reports on center projects.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD, SJD, JD or LLM in Economics, Law, Development, political science, or other related field, and relevant experience. 
  • Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, the ability to carry out collaborative research projects in domains related to the Center’s work.
  • Must be willing and able to travel.
  • This position also requires willingness to learn new areas and to work in a highly interdisciplinary, flexible, and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization, research and communication skills required as well as initiative, motivation and ability to think strategically. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Proficiency in a second language preferred.

For further details, and to apply, please see here.

The job is open until filled.


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