PI - Privacy International

Legal Officer

PI - Privacy International

London, United Kingdom

Contract: Permanent Contract
Working hours: Full time
Salary: £36,000 pa
Other information: 26 days annual leave, generous workplace pension, we can offer a modest relocation fund


The role of the Legal Officer is to devise, implement and manage legal advocacy designed to achieve PI's policy and advocacy objectives. The Legal Officer will be expected to understand and work within a variety of local, national and international jurisdictions, including those governed by common law or civil law.

The Legal Officer will work alongside people across PI on advocacy, policy, research, and public engagement in order to formulate new and creative ways to demand change and achieve policy and advocacy goals set by PI and, as relevant, our International Network of partner organisations. This will include bringing cases against governments and companies, intervening in actions in domestic and regional courts, advocating before regulatory bodies, and using other legal tools to assist with PI's advocacy and research.

About our work

The Legal Officer will help execute PI's strategy in accordance with its new multi-year strategic plan, which includes interventions designed to prevent data exploitation during the election cycle; defend against government assaults on civic engagement; protect our identities, security, and social, cultural and political rights from vulnerabilities created by the deployment of new systems; and restrain government and corporate exploitation of data more broadly.

About you

You are curious about the state and direction of the world. You understand that technologies play many roles in the use of power and shaping the future. You are an advocate that wants to fight for change and ensure that your voice is both credible and heard by key audiences, including the public. You want to shape an organisation that is always growing and learning and contribute to its strengthening. You want to work across projects and issues and skills-sets. You are keen to learn new multidisciplinary ways of achieving change.




  • Law degree, in any jurisdiction;
  • Experience taking creative approaches to novel legal challenges;
  • Experience in NGOs/human rights organisations, law firms or in house, working on litigation or legal action initiatives;
  • Experience assessing and mitigating legal risks faced by organisations;
  • Experience drafting and editing contracts and other legal instruments;
  • Knowledge of and experience working with international human rights standards and/or national rights frameworks;
  • Knowledge of legal issues related to data and privacy, including data protection, or the legal concerns raised by techniques such as automated decision-making and profiling;
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about the complex interaction between law and technology;
  • Experience of strategically engaging with diverse communities across cultures.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the highest level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with and manage relationships with counsel, partner organisations and coalitions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills that can be applied to communicating and engaging with colleagues and external audiences from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • Proactive and self-motivated individual capable of working unsupervised and taking responsibility for managing relationships with key partners, stakeholders and policy-makers.



  • Advanced university qualification preferred (Masters, JD or equivalent);
  • Admitted to practice, in any jurisdiction;
  • Knowledge of and experience advocating for the protection of social, economic and cultural rights.


  • Ability to speak publicly, including with the media and at conferences and meetings;
  • Proven track record of communicating complex issues to diverse audiences;
  • Fluency in a language other than English;
  • Willing and able to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel internationally.


To apply, please send:

  1. a CV (not more than two pages);
  2. a covering letter (not more than two pages).

The closing date for applications is 09 November, 23:59 BST.

Please send the requested material in one email to recruitment@privacyinternational.org. (Please include the title of the post you are applying for in the subject of the email).

Only complete applications will be considered.

The candidates who we choose to interview will be contacted by the end of the day on Tuesday, the 12 November 2019. Interviews will take place in London on 14 and 15 November 2019 – please reserve these days for a possible interview. We can arrange video conference interviews with candidates based outside of London.

We may conduct a second round of interviews, which will be decided only after the first round of interviews takes place. If necessary, the second round of interviews would be held during the week commencing 18 November 2019.

For information about how Privacy International will use your data during recruitment please see Privacy International’s website.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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