We are hiring a lawyer to join our Forests and Climate team. In this role, you will be focusing on laws regulating trade in commodities linked with deforestation. You will be working particularly on matters relating to the design, implementation, and enforcement of a new EU regulation, but will also touch on similar laws in other jurisdictions, and implementation of other laws relevant to forest protection more generally.
The Forest and Climate Team works in both producer and consumer countries to protect forests and biodiversity. Our work includes promotion of community forestry and the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples through legal reform, empowerment and capacity building, and improved benefit-sharing agreements. We work in the EU and UK on the legality of imported timber products (EUTR) and the creation of legal frameworks to hold corporations and investors accountable for risks to deforestation and biodiversity loss. Our work includes both policy engagement and strategic legal advocacy and litigation when appropriate.
In this role, you will be analysing complex legal questions and policy scenarios and producing high-quality outputs, including public-facing briefings. There will be a strong focus on carrying out advocacy with decision-makers (i.e. European Commission and European Members of Parliament for EU regulation) to secure adoption of ClientEarth's recommendations, on providing legal support to other NGOs, and on developing innovative legal strategies for enforcement and implementation of forest governance mechanisms.
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ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our organisation.
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