Call for Legal Expert on State of Emergencies (SoE) in the EU and beyond

Position Title: Legal Expert (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Short term assignments

Starting Date: ASAP

Duration: 15 days

Location: Homebased work



Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

We are looking for a legal expert to work for approximately 15 days on aspects of the State of Emergency (SoE) in the EU and beyond. The starting date will be as soon as possible.

Your tasks:

  • Assemble a network of legal experts that can provide DRI with regular, concise updates on SoE legislation and related controversies in EU member states based on a standard questionnaire.
  • Provide succinct written analysis on aspects of SoE, rule of law and democracy.
  • Prepare questionnaire and analysis guidelines and propose reporting outputs that are attractive for media and the public.
  • Edit contributions from legal experts and prepare a publication on that basis.
  • Contribute to and draft reports that synthesize SoE issues that emerge in different countries.
  • Other related tasks as required.

Qualifications we require:

  • A degree in law and at least 5 years of practical international work experience in legal analysis related to public law and issues related to the rule of law and democracy in EU member states (and beyond).
  • A record of (co-)writing analytical reports that are not primarily aimed at an academic audience.
  • Excellent English writing skills.

We consider an asset if you have:

  • Demonstrated journalistic writing skills
  • Knowledge of European languages beyond English
  • Experience in conceptualising and designing infographics
  • A network of journalistic contacts in the EU
  • Knowledge of international law that is relevant to the issue of SoE.

How to apply:

If you are interested, please apply by 27 April c.o.b. by email to [email protected] in which you:

  • Include a cover email indicating your daily fee, considering that DRI is a non-profit NGO
  • Your CV
  • A statement of a maximum of one page on what aspects of SoE legislation across the EU are interesting for a broader public and so far not sufficiently covered by media and how these could be presented attractively to a wider public.


DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.


Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel+49 30 27877300

Fax+49 30 27877300-10

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