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Urgenda - Climate Litigation Network: Legal Associate

Posted on Mar 11, 2020 by Urgenda Foundation - CLN

Not Specified, Netherlands
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Urgenda - Climate Litigation Network: Legal Associate

About the role

The Climate Litigation Network (CLN), a project of the Urgenda Foundation, is looking for a Legal Associate to support its work on international climate change litigation, starting immediately. The historic legal victory of the Urgenda Foundation against the Dutch Government, which forced the government to take more action to reduce the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrated the power of strategic litigation to accelerate action on climate change.

Position Description:

The Legal Associate will work collaboratively with CLN's staff and local and international partners to support CLN's goals. This will involve research, analysis, writing, and advocacy at the intersection of international climate law, policy, and science.

Essential Experience, Skills and Knowledge

oLLB or equivalent, with excellent academic performance.

o5+ years post-university work experience, including working or researching in the field of climate change and/or climate policy.

oRobust knowledge of international legal and policy frameworks concerning climate change.

oExcellent research, analysis and drafting skills.

oExcellent communication skills, including experience in different cultural contexts.

oHighly motivated, reliable and able to work independently.

oWillingness to undertake international travel.

oHigh level of English-language proficiency.

Desirable experience, skills and knowledge

oPost-graduate qualification in law or climate science/policy.

oExperience in strategic litigation.


This is a 6-month, renewable contract (f/t). Competitive salary, depending on skills and experience. Flexible working hours. The legal associate will be based at our Amsterdam office and must have the right to reside and work in the EEA. Unfortunately, we cannot support visa applications at this time.

For more information or to submit an application for this role (CV and a covering letter), please contact Astrid Gorissen on Please note that your CV should show exact dates of employment (month and year).

If you do not hear back from us within 10 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Reference: 845160071

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