Lecturer in Public International Law

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 7 £46,292 to £54,534, including London Weighting Allowance
06 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
16 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

The Dickson Poon School of Law is seeking to appoint to a Lectureship an outstanding candidate with teaching expertise and research interests in public international law.  The successful candidate's principal teaching contribution will be to modules in public international law on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, although the ability to contribute also to the teaching in Spanish law and to the core undergraduate curriculum is desirable. The successful candidate will also undertake public engagement activities and carry out administrative duties in the Dickson Poon School of Law. 

The successful candidate will be responsible to the Executive Dean. 

The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. It is ranked 15th in the world and 4th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings for Law 2020. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, research in the School was rated as number one in the UK.

The Dickson Poon School of Law is housed in the East Wing of Somerset House, a Grade One listed building, on the College's Strand Campus, a few minutes' walk from the Royal Courts of Justice and Inns of Court and midway between Westminster and the City of London. Its location has always enabled the School to have excellent contacts with practitioners and policy-makers, and there is a strong tradition of engagement with the legal profession

The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and from candidates who are LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability.

The Dickson Poon School of Law has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the laws of England and Wales, European, International and Transnational Law. The School's research interests cover all areas of public and private law and include the philosophy and sociology of law as well as doctrinal, empirical, historical,  interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of law. Its educational offering covers a broad range of legal disciplines and is home to a vibrant postgraduate research community.

Of particular relevance to this post are the School's: Undergraduate programmes (three-year LLB programme and four-year joint degree programmes specialising in dual-jurisdiction qualifications, in particular Anglo-Spanish law, or study and an LLB in Politics, Philosophy & Law) and LLM programme with several specialist pathways. 

Please see the links below for supporting information about The Dickson Poon School of Law: 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 
This is a full-time post. 

Key responsibilities

•  Make a strong contribution to the development of the School and University's research profile, including developing a track record of world-leading publications in law, where appropriate through participation in impact activities, and by active participation in research communities;   
•  Develop and articulate a research agenda that aims to place the successful candidate at the forefront of his/her field over the course of their career, for example through applying for and securing research grants, and developing appropriate external research networks; 
•  Make a strong contribution to the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the School through lectures, tutorials and research and other seminars, as appropriate; 
•  Contribute research-informed teaching to our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including through the supervision and examination of postgraduate research students at the School and in the wider academic community; 
•  Take part in the development of new teaching initiatives, technology-enhanced, online and distance learning, in accordance with the School and University's strategic goals;  
•  Contribute to the holistic development of our students through pastoral care and engagement in student experience activities, and in particular by acting as a personal tutor; 
•  Participate in student development processes, including student progress monitoring, education assessment and examination; 
•  To be available during assessment and marking periods; 
•  To be responsible for marking formative and summative work and to provide timely and effective feedback working closely with relevant module leaders and programme directors and the professional services programme and assessments team; 
•  Accept academic administrative responsibilities, such as in School education or research roles, and in School or University governance structures; 
•  Engage in professional development to further the post-holder's career. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience  Essential criteria 

•  PhD, DPhil, JSD, or equivalent experience in law  
•  Excellent teaching skills 
•  Excellent knowledge in public international law  
•  Competence with electronic learning platforms and other IT skills 
•  Demonstrable track record of excellence in research in law 
•  High quality publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and/or book(s) 
•  Track record of experience in teaching public international law at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level 
•  Excellent oral and written communication skills 
•  Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships 
•  Ability to work to and meet deadlines 
•  Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team 
•  Willingness to contribute to the School's culture of collaboration 

Desirable criteria 

•  Excellent knowledge in, and ability to teach, Spanish law  
•  Ability to contribute to the teaching of the core undergraduate law curriculum  
•  The ability to undertake empirical research 
•  Experience in attracting funding for research 
•  Experience of educating students with diverse cultural backgrounds 

The selection process will include a panel interview and a teaching presentation as part of the interview. Interviews will be held in April 2021.