#BELGIUM ClientEarth vacancy: EU Aarhus Centre – Part time lawyer


Posting Job


September 15, 2014

Expired Job


August 11, 2020



An exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced lawyer to
support the development of the EU Aarhus centre. This role will involve
developing legal and advocacy strategy, conducting cases before EU
institutions’ or international complaint mechanisms on behalf of
ClientEarth, carrying out legal and policy research, analysis and
writing, interfacing with representatives of EU institutions,
governmental authorities, NGOs, media and other stakeholders.

for this position is secured until end of 2015 with possibilities of
extension. The role is based in ClientEarth’s Brussels office.

About youThe
successful candidate will have strong knowledge of the EU institutions
and its complaints mechanisms. You should be a good communicator to both
internal and external audiences, be able to influence, convince and
collaborate with individuals at all levels. More generally, you will be a
strategic thinker and be able to identify issues and opportunities, to
develop creative strategies in a rapidly shifting political and
legislative landscape, and support all work with sound legal and
technical expertise and analysis.

About us

is a public interest environmental law group founded in 2007.
ClientEarth brings together law, science and policy to create practical
solutions to key environmental challenges. Working in partnership with
civil society and policy-makers, ClientEarth is committed to securing
the rights of citizens and civil society to participation, information
and justice in environmental matters. In Europe and beyond,
ClientEarth’s 50 strong staff includes legal experts qualified in more
than nine jurisdictions based in offices in London, Brussels and Warsaw.
Our programmes cover biodiversity and ecosystems, climate and energy,
and health and environment.

Project Description

office in Brussels is looking to recruit a lawyer with a minimum of 3
years of legal practical experience for our European Union (EU) Aarhus
Centre. ClientEarth founded the EU Aarhus Centre in Brussels. The Centre
takes its name from the flagship ‘Aarhus Convention’, that is, the
UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in
Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, the most
progressive international agreement for citizens’ rights to information
and access to justice in Europe.

The Centre aims to advance the
principles of accountability, transparency and responsiveness for the
good governance of EU institutions, and in particular to ensure that
citizens are able to exercise their rights as granted by the Aarhus
Convention. The Centre’s activities aiming at ensuring the compliance of
the EU and its institutions with the Aarhus Convention are structured
around four main streams: (1) ensuring a transparency framework through
progressive EU legislations integrating Aarhus principles; (2) pursuing
legal and institutional advocacy to change institutions behaviour and
practice towards Aarhus rights; (3) assisting civil society
organizations and individual citizens with their requests for documents,
participation in decision making and access to EU Courts and (4)
organizing events, trainings and disseminating information about Aarhus
rights to stakeholders.

Job description

Working relationships
post holder will report to the Aarhus centre senior lawyer and work
closely with team members of all our programmes as well as a wide range
of external partners.

Job responsibilities

  • Providing legal advice on request to NGOs, EU institutions staff
    and  individuals to ensure the correct implementation and enforcement of
    the Convention;
  • Supporting the senior lawyer in raising the public awareness about
    the access rights provided by the Aarhus Convention through the
    organisation of events, trainings and printed materials;
  •  Analysing legislative proposals and EU institutions, agencies and bodies’ policies proposals;
  • Contributing to litigation work before the EU courts;
  • Contributing to the Centre’s publications and newsletters;
  • Representing the Centre in Aarhus Convention task forces under the UNECE auspices.

Experience & Knowledge

  • Relevant professional experience  (including 3 years legal practice experience);
  • Strong knowledge base in EU law and institutions.

Competencies & skills

  • Energetic and dedicated to working for the environment and in the public interest;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English to give authoritative advice and influence external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to explain complex legal issues in lay language
    and ability to modify language, content, and style to address the needs
    of different audiences;
  • Strong legal research, analytical, and advocacy skills and an
    interest in performing rigorous legal analysis in support of impactful
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a small team;
  • Ability to grasp quickly and accurately new and complex concepts as
    well as scientific, technical and policy issues, and new areas of law;
  • Confidence and ability to work at a high level with legislators, policy makers, NGO partners and industry;
  • Ability to balance priorities and work effectively with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience;
  • Ability to take initiative and to contribute ideas and thinking to support development of strategies;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, excellent judgment, diplomacy, flexibility, solutions-oriented and creative approach;
  • Team player and strong interpersonal skills;

  • Law degree
  • Ideally professional legal practice qualification;
LocationThis position is
based in Brussels. You must be willing and able to travel within EU and
potentially internationally, as the project requires.

Salary will be depending on experience and days per week worked and will start at €2,500 gross per month.

To applyPlease
send us your CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in joining
ClientEarth and the contribution you believe you could make to the

Please include ‘EU Aarhus Centre Lawyer’ in the email
subject line, and identify the documents you are sending by including
‘EU Aarhus Centre Lawyer, [your name] cover letter’ and ‘EU Aarhus
Centre Lawyer [your name] CV’ in the file name.

Please address your application to: Anais Berthier, Senior Lawyer,
ClientEarth, Avenue de Tervueren, 36
1040 Brussels

or send it by email to:


Recruitment is open now and you should send your application as soon as possible.

Applications are scheduled to close on 16 October 2014.

Please note that ClientEarth will only consider candidates who have the legal right to work in Europe.

If you have any questions about the roles advertised or recruitment process, please contact Patricia Del Rio ( pdelrio@clientearth.org)

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