Osgoode JD RA (Fall 2023)

The Refugee Law Lab is seeking a part-time Osgoode JD research assistant. The successful candidate will assist the Lab by:

(a) Participating in brainstorming and planning meetings
(b) Assisting with preparing grant applications and manuscripts, including preparing research memoranda and copy editing
(c) Helping with legal data collection / data cleaning for Lab projects, including for the Refugee Law Lab Reporter

The position is open to JD students in all years at Osgoode Hall Law School (as of Fall 2023)

Context: The Refugee Law Lab, based at York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School, is devoted to research and advocacy related to new legal technologies and their impact on refugees, other displaced communities, and people on the move. We develop datasets and legal analytics that enhance transparency in refugee law processes. We study and critique the use of artificial intelligence and other technologies by governments and private actors in the migration field. And we produce legal technology that advances the rights and interests of refugees and other marginalized people on the move.  We are committed to social justice, to interdisciplinarity, to evidence-informed policy, and to ensuring that the data, research and technologies that we produce are freely accessible to the public. We strive to work from a community-based perspective, foregrounding the lived experiences of people on the move and their interactions with technology.

Supervisor: Sean Rehaag (RLL Director)

Time: up to 10 hours per week hours per week for the Fall Term (hours are flexible and we can accommodate periods where the candidate is not available), with the possibility of additional work in the Winter term.

Location: Remote

Pay: $25/hr (inclusive of vacation pay)

Eligibility: Must be a current Osgoode JD student

Mandatory qualifications :

• Strong legal research and writing skills

• Attention to detail

• Demonstrated interest in immigration/refugee law

Qualities that are assets but are not required:

• French language skills

• Experience with law journal editing

• Successful completion of Refugee Law (or equivalent experience through clinical programs / employment)

• Background in computer science, software engineering, data science, statistics

• Programming skills (especially Python)

• Webdesign experience (including content creation / management in WordPress)

• Lived experience with forced migration and/or being a member of an equity seeking group

Application Deadline: Sept 11 at 5:00 pm EST

Application Process: Apply online with a CV, electronic copy of unofficial transcripts, and a brief cover note describing your interest in the position.