Research Assistant position – NEW DEADLINE

Posted on: August 10, 2017 by

We are still recruiting for a full-time, 12 month Research Assistant position at the IAL. The full specifications are available in pdf format and below. Salary to be discussed.

Due to an exceptionally high number of applications already received, we have revised the due date to 8 September 2017 (5.00 pm GMT). Please apply by then with a brief cover letter and CV to the email address listed below.

Job Specification for Research Assistant at the Institute of Art and Law

Job summary

Role: Research Assistant

Hours: Full time, 12-month contract. Job share considered.

Location: Working from home with easy access to London (frequent travel to London will be required; possible travel elsewhere on a more occasional basis)

Salary: to be discussed; dependent on skill set and experience

Essential requirement: degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content or Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or successful completion of any IAL diploma course

Application deadline: 8 September 2017, 5.00 pm GMT

Role details

The principal duties will involve:

  • ŸŸProject-managing the compilation, editing and publication of a number of art and cultural heritage books.
  • Editing articles on various art and heritage law topics for publication in IAL’s quarterly journal Art Antiquity and Law.
  • Updating course material for IAL’s diploma courses covering a range of subjects (examples include relevant aspects of tort, contract and criminal law, law regarding title to property, copyright, restitution and repatriation, art loans, the law of treasure).
  • Assistance with preparation of course materials for delivery of IAL seminars and courses.
  • Researching various topics pertaining to art law and keeping up to date with current news items.
  • Contributing content to IAL’s art law blog.


The successful candidate will generally work from home on the above duties, attending supervision and collaboration meetings with colleagues in London on a regular basis (likely to be three or four times a month, as a rough guide). The role will involve liaising with a variety of external collaborators and partners including authors, publishers, printers, distributors and suppliers. Ongoing tasks will include receiving and checking proofs, project-managing the publication process, copy editing, researching, and producing copy for course materials and the IAL blog.

Person Specification – Skills and attributes

  • Degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent); or
  • Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with a Merit grade (or at least 60 per cent); or
  • Successful completion by the applicant of any IAL certificate or diploma course. Consideration will also be given to applicants with professional experience in the arts sector, in particular with a legal focus.
  • Experience, expertise or, at the least, an understanding of, and interest in the arts and cultural heritage sector (for example, experience in a museum, auction house or arts dealership environment, or in art valuation or insurance).
  • Excellent legal research skills, preferably including knowledge of legal databases.
  • Excellent organisational skills, with ability to prioritise and manage a range of tasks and to deliver outputs within deadline.
  • Experience of higher education desirable.
  • Experience of publishing desirable.
  • High level of competence in information technology and use of social media.
  • Communication skills (both oral and written communications).
  • Ability to work within a team as well as to self-motivate and to progress projects with minimal supervision where required.


Please apply by sending your CV and a brief covering letter to including your name and ‘Research Assistant application’ in the subject line. We will confirm receipt.