Open competition for appointment to the position of:
Director of Research
Law Reform Commission
Closing date: 12 noon on Monday, 27th November 2023
The Law Reform Commission is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.
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Background Information on the Post
The Law Reform Commission is a statutory body established by the Law Reform Commission Act 1975. The Commission has five members—the President and four Commissioners (a full-time Commissioner and three part-time Commissioners).
The Commission’s role is to keep Irish law under independent, objective and expert review, to make recommendations for law reform that are responsive to the contemporary and anticipated needs of society in Ireland, and to make current law accessible for all.
The Director of Research plays a key role in the work of the Commission, under its direction, as the leader and manager (with the assistance of the two Deputy Directors of Research), of the Commission’s legal research team. The Director of Research manages and assists the legal research team with a view to assuring an appropriate quality and level of output of the legal research work. This includes overseeing the background research for law reform projects by the legal research team and the preparation of draft scoping papers for those projects. It also involves providing oversight of, and editing assistance for, the relevant draft documents, including draft Consultation Papers and draft Reports prepared by legal researchers for consideration by the Commission.
The Director of Research will be a person with demonstrated experience in legal research and legal writing, and therefore the Director will also be involved in making written contributions to these draft documents, in particular where the Director’s research and writing experience will assist the Commission’s overview, and progress towards completion, of the research work in question. The Director of Research thus plays a key role in assisting the Commission in carrying out its role to produce an expert and thoroughly researched body of work containing published proposals for law reform.
- Leading and managing (with the assistance of the Deputy Directors of Research) the Commission’s legal research team and generally supervising and giving advice and assistance, including editing of text prepared by members of the legal research team, with a view to assuring the appropriate high quality and output of the Commission’s work in a timely manner;