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Opportunity: Consultancy to conduct legal research and populate a litigation database on statelessness

6 August 2020


ENS is developing an online database containing national, regional, and international jurisprudence addressing statelessness or related issues. To significantly expand the database ahead of its intended publication and wider dissemination in 2021, we are seeking a consultant or consortia of consultants to research and identify European domestic jurisprudence on statelessness-related issues and produce case summaries.

The database is the first tool to specifically focus on statelessness-related jurisprudence, aiming to support ENS members, legal practitioners, policy and decision-makers, institutions, researchers and wider civil society in identifying relevant caselaw from other countries or European and international bodies that may assist their work. The rationale for the database is its  specific focus on statelessness although cases included may directly analyse statelessness issues, address statelessness in a broader sense and/or make connections with other human rights violations.

This consultancy is primarily intended to focus on jurisprudence from domestic courts, although it may also include some cases from regional courts and/or decisions from UN treaty bodies, as agreed with ENS. We particularly welcome applications from individuals, organisations, academic institutions, or consortia of organisations/individuals with diverse language skills and familiarity with different European jurisdictions. Candidates with the required language skills and expertise to research and summarise cases from at least some of the following countries are particularly encouraged to apply, due to the anticipated rich volume of caselaw in these jurisdictions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and/or the United Kingdom.

A total budget of £7,000 (GBP) is available for the consultancy. The work should commence in September 2020 and be concluded by 31 December 2020. Please note that lead applicants must be based in the United Kingdom.

How to apply

For more information about the project and details on how to express interest, outputs and selection criteria, please see the Consultancy Terms of Reference. A link to the database, guidelines on the selection of cases and examples of completed case summaries are available on request.

Please note that the deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 7 September at 10.00 (BST).

If you have any questions about this consultancy or would like more information about the project, please contact Patricia Cabral, ENS Legal Policy Officer: patricia.cabral@statelessness.eu