Humans Rights Legal Adviser


Job description

To provide comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of Human Rights legislation which may have an impact on the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The post holder will work as a key adviser to the Director of Legal Services and to the Service Executive Team. Main Activities: Act as the chief advisor to the Police Service of Northern Ireland on human rights issues, which are relevant to the roles and operational responsibilities of the organisation. Provide advice to senior managers on a wide range of strategic and tactical issues, including the Human Rights Act 1998, Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Update the organisation on relevant national and international developments concerning human rights and policing. Participate in strategic coordination groups related to the management of major events and incidents and advise senior officers, including the Assistant Chief Constable Crime, as necessary. Manage a caseload of Judicial Reviews, including those of strategic significance to the organisation. Research and advise the Police Service of Northern Ireland on legislation, court decisions and relevant international human rights standards impacting on the human rights aspects of operational policing. Identify and prepare human rights materials for distribution, including legal summaries and background materials on human rights and police powers. Liaise with Northern Ireland Policing Board, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and other external agencies engaged in promoting Human Rights compliance. This Job Description reflects the main duties of the role of Human Rights Legal Adviser. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive. Essential Qualifications : A Law Degree AND Qualified as a Barrister or Solicitor who is entitled to practice either at the Bar of Northern Ireland or as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court for Northern Ireland by the date of appointment. Essential Skills and Experience: Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience in the legal field to include: Knowledge of Civil and Criminal Justice Systems of the United Kingdom. Knowledge of Case law relating to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Human Rights Act 1998 and how they apply to policing. Experience of advising, influencing and contributing effectively and appropriately to Senior Management regarding decisions on complex legal issues..

Responsibilities

  • Act as the chief advisor to the Police Service of Northern Ireland on human rights issues, which are relevant to the roles and operational responsibilities of the organisation.
  • Provide advice to senior managers on a wide range of strategic and tactical issues, including the Human Rights Act 1998, Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
  • Update the organisation on relevant national and international developments concerning human rights and policing.
  • Participate in strategic coordination groups related to the management of major events and incidents and advise senior officers, including the Assistant Chief Constable Crime, as necessary.
  • Manage a caseload of Judicial Reviews, including those of strategic significance to the organisation.
  • Research and advise the Police Service of Northern Ireland on legislation, court decisions and relevant international human rights standards impacting on the human rights aspects of operational policing.
  • Identify and prepare human rights materials for distribution, including legal summaries and background materials on human rights and police powers.
  • Liaise with Northern Ireland Policing Board, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and other external agencies engaged in promoting Human Rights compliance.
  • This Job Description reflects the main duties of the role of Human Rights Legal Adviser. It is not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.

Skills and Qualifications

Essential Skills

  • Minimum of 5 years post qualification experience in the legal field, to include
  • Knowledge of Civil and Criminal Justice Systems of the United Kingdom.
  • Knowledge of Case law relating to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Human Rights Act 1998 and how they apply to policing.
  • Experience of advising, influencing and contributing effectively and appropriately to Senior Management regarding decisions on complex legal issues.

Desirable Skills

  • Specific Qualification in Human Rights Law.
  • Knowledge of the Civil and Criminal Justice systems in Northern Ireland.
  • Knowledge of policing issues such as the exercise of police powers and prosecutions.
  • 3 years experience of working in or with public sector organisations or public authorities in the application of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Further Information

Monday to Friday with a requirement to work outside office hours when necessary to meet the demands of the role. 37 working hours per week (42 hours gross). Salary: £61,742 - £67,403 plus environmental allowance.

Application Information

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Vacancy ID
1586416
Job ref.
HRHRLA0123
Job Sector
Legal
Area
Belfast
Location
Greater Belfast Area
Salary
£61,742 - £67,403 plus environmental allowance.
No. vacancies
1
Contract Type
Permanent
Weekly hours
37
Published date
23/01/2023
Closing date
06/02/2023

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