IAReporter seeks new contributors/analysts

Investment Arbitration Reporter is looking for one or more persons to join our team of freelance contributors.

IAReporter offers specialized reporting on developments in the field of international investment law. We read and digest legal pleadings and decisions, and we also engage in more traditional investigative reporting work to identify and uncover developments that are otherwise confidential.

We are currently seeking contributors with international law backgrounds who can review and write about legal and policy materials at a high level of technical accuracy, and in the existing style of IAReporter.

Prior familiarity with our publication and its reports is a necessity, as such we are NOT able to accommodate requests that seek examples of our reporting work or temporary access to our website.

Your work with IAReporter would be on a remote consultant basis (i.e. you would work from wherever you are legally resident and authorized to work.) You will be paid an hourly rate for your work as a contributor.

We value those contributors with flexible work-life schedules, as assignments may arise at any time. Ideally, you will be able to take on multiple assignments per month, and spend an average of 20-25 hours per month on IAReporter work.

Ideal candidates include persons who are engaged in long-term academic research (junior academics or doctoral students) or those who are taking leave from legal practice.

While the positions are initially part-time and flexible, there is scope for longer-term full-time employment.

For conflict-of-interest purposes, we ask our contributors to not practice in the field of investor-state arbitration while they work with us. Thus, if you aim to be working with a law firm or clerking for an arbitrator within the next 2-3 years, we politely discourage you from applying.

(If you are currently working with a firm or arbitrator or in some full-time employment, please explain in your application letter whether and when you are leaving this employment.)

Desired qualities include:

  • Fluency in English and preferably at least one other language.
  • International work or study experience
  • An academic background in international law, or a related field
  • Demonstrated writing skills in English, preferably journalistic in nature.

Interested candidates must complete a trial assignment: a summary of the Champion Trading v. Egypt case in the style of IAReporter. Your draft should offer a brief account of the essential facts, a description of the key legal holdings and reasoning in the 2003 jurisdiction decision and the 2006 final award, and a small amount of analysis that contextualizes certain of the holdings against the backdrop of other investment treaty jurisprudence.

The draft contribution should be less than 3000 words and take less than 10 hours to complete. We also request a CV and short cover letter (less than 500 words please). We asked that the cover letter clarify your plans and aspirations for the next several years, so that we can understand how your part-time work with IAReporter would fit into the larger picture. For instance, do you anticipate being a full-time student or academic, or are you more likely to be seeking other employment? All documents can be submitted to Vivian@iareporter.com.

The deadline for applications is midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday December 11, 2020.

We will contact you in early January 2021 if your application has been shortlisted.