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Call for Applications | Research Assistants | Access to Justice in Citizenship Determination

February 16, 2024

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) invites applications for two research associate positions to work on Domestic and International Law analysis, under the project Access to Justice in Citizenship Determination. These are full-time contractual assignments (4 months) and may be remote.

This assignment is in furtherance of the NLSIU’s focus on Access to Justice and Legal System Reform and in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London. The project aims at examining citizenship determination processes in the state of Assam and will result in a legal report on systemic barriers to legal aid for persons at the risk of statelessness

Role Description

The researcher will:

1. Collate and analyse legal materials, including case law, on citizenship determination in the state of Assam, human rights and international law standards on statelessness and citizenship deprivation.

2. Collate, analyse and visualise quantitative data, or contribute to and support collation, analysis and visualisation.

3. Write and edit the legal report and/or segments of the legal report; circulate drafts and collect reviews; and incorporate and finalise the report.

4.  Write and publish summaries of the legal report for popular circulation, including on social media and blogs etc.

5. Assist in the production of other written and multimedia outputs in relation to the legal report.

6. Work closely with a team of other researchers through online collaboration.

7. May be requested to travel within India for research and output dissemination (with practical and monetary support from the project).

Who should apply?

  • Essential: Degree in Law, or a masters degree in a related social science discipline, or a bachelors degree in a social science discipline with three or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Essential: Excellent writing, research and editorial skills.
  • Preferrable: Relevant subject-matter expertise; previous relevant subject-matter research and/or practical experience; writing and editorial experience in legal report or reports with substantial legal component; training in or demonstrable experience in collecting, analysing and/or visualising quantitative data including judicial data and RTI-sourced data.
  • Preferrable: Training and/or demonstrable previous experience in design and visualisation of reports based on policy/legal analysis and quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Essential:
    • Previous experience and/or demonstrable ability to work in teams, including virtually, contributing to both team and individual goals.
    • Demonstrable ability and experience in meticulously use different legal research databases.
      Demonstrable proficiency and previous experience in using of G-Suite, MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Good communication, organising and time management skills.

The researchers will work under direct supervision of Ms Darshana Mitra, Assistant Professor, NLSIU and the Principal Investigator of the project.

How to apply

Please use the Google form available here, and include the following documents:

  • An updated CV
  • A short statement of purpose (not more than 500 words)
  • Writing sample of not more than 1000 words.


The last date for submission of applications has been extended to 18 March 2024.