Fair Trials is hiring for a Legal and Policy Officer

Fair Trials is the global criminal justice watchdog, campaigning for fairness, equality and justice, to change policies, support strategic litigation, reform policies and develop international standards and best practices.

Job details


London, UK or Brussels, Belgium


Dependant on experience

Hours of work

Full time (35 hours per week)




As part of the charity’s Legal and Policy team, to contribute to the development and implementation of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work to ensure justice, equality and fairness in criminal legal systems. The main focus of this role will be to support Fair Trials’ work on technology, data and criminal justice (including data-driven systems, automated decision- making systems, and artificial intelligence) in mainland Europe and the UK. The work will encompass a range of legal and policy activities, including: research and investigation, advocacy and movement-building.



  • Research towards publications such as reports and news pieces, policy and advocacy positions and materials, and other written material as required.
  • Researching, collating and analysing information from multiple sources such as media reports, academic publications, other publications, government documents, and basic statistical information.
  • Researching and scrutinising law and policy.


  • Map key networks, groups and organisations, develop tactics to engage them, and maintain strong partnerships. These will include communities directly impacted by injustice, civil society organisations and groups, criminal justice reformers and any other stakeholders that Fair Trials could or should work in coalition with to address issues in criminal justice and social justice more broadly.
  • Engaging key stakeholders in research and coordinated advocacy, including through joint events, statements and other forms of collaboration.

Advocacy and Communications

  • Drafting, editing, and disseminating briefings, reports, communiques and meeting Materials.
  • Representing Fair Trials externally at policy meetings and conferences, through public speaking and written contributions in specialist publications and, as appropriate, in the media.
  • Working with the Communications team on public campaigns and communications about Fair Trials’ work.
  • Supporting the logistics, planning and delivery of events and meetings.

Project coordination

  • Supporting the Legal and Policy team in the delivery and coordination of multi‐country and multi‐partner projects, including coordination with project partners, organization of project meetings, production of meeting notes, and provision of logistical support.



  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and dedication to challenging structural and institutional issues in the criminal justice system.
  • Strong research experience, able to find and analyse information from multiple sources.
  • Intellectual curiosity and critical thinking
  • Legal analytical skills and the ability to analyse and scrutinise legislation and policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – able to convey complex issues clearly and succinctly to a non-legal audience.
  • Professional fluency in the English language.
  • A team worker, able to build effective relationships and work collaboratively with people across, and outside, the organisation.
  • Highly organised with excellent time-management skills.
  • A quick learner used to working well under pressure.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Permission to work in the United Kingdom or Belgium, and the willingness to travel.


  • Other language skills, particularly languages commonly spoken in Europe.
  • A good understanding of one or all of policing, courts and/or prisons, or the criminal justice system as a whole.
  • Experience with freedom of information requests, open-source research and/or basic data analysis would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of how technology and data is or can be used by the state and private companies, ideally with knowledge of technology and data use by police and criminal justice authorities
  • A sound understanding of the various methods by which campaigning organisations achieve change, and experience in a policy related environment.
  • Experience with social justice movements (e.g.: anti-racism, intersectional feminism, queer and trans rights, disability rights, sex worker rights etc.)
  • Experience managing grants from statutory donors and the development of funding applications and reporting to them.