PROJECT: Use of Force – Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Dear All,
Please see below an exciting new project.


We will let you know if and when more people are required

In Brief: The Centre for Applied Legal Studies ( is seeking 1 to 2 students to work on a project on the use of force by law enforcement officials carried out under the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (Special Rapporteur), which is centred on the protection of people against the arbitrary or unlawful deprivation of the right to life.

The purpose of the Project is to enhance domestic reform on the legal standards applicable to the use of force in States whose domestic legal standards are not currently in conformity with international standards. The Project will identify the scope and nature of the problem, determine those States which can most benefit from assistance, and propose modalities and partners who can be involved in the provision of technical assistance to those States. Students will develop a ‘Use of force in domestic law legislation index’ collecting the current use of force legislation and legal frameworks of as many countries of the world and as comprehensively as possible, for example, in criminal procedure acts, police acts, legislation on gatherings, and other primary sources of law that regulate the use of force by law enforcement officials.

The Project will inform the work of the Special Rapporteur. The initial results of the study will form the basis of a section on the need for domestic law reform in this area to be included in a report by the Special Rapporteur to the Human Rights Council in May 2014. The completed research will result in a full report and academic publication at the end of 2014. The preliminary research detailed above is the start of a longer-term Project of the UN Special Rapporteur, until end- 2016. Depending on the progress and time frames, there is scope for further work on the Project as it develops.

Commitment: 5-8 hours per week

We are looking for students with research skills and the ability to read, write and understand English and at least one other international language.

Deadlines: Research and collection of information: September – November 2013

Analysis of information: October – December 2013

Drafting country reports based on analysis, to feed into the final report: October 2013 – January 2014

Please email us at detailing your availability and interest in the project. Please also attach a CV.

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