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Consultancy: Research Assistant with Legal and Gender expertise

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Sydney, Australia

Organization: University of Technology Sydney


UTS Law is looking for a consultant to join the team of Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa who is designing a Gender Legislative Index (GLI), an online tool to enable people to review and score laws and place them on a scale from gender-regressive to gender-responsive. It is anticipated to be an innovative tool that adds significant value in terms of how we domesticate international human rights standards.
No similar tool to rank and score legislation from a gender perspective has been identified. This is an opportunity to be part of a ground-breaking process that influences how we understand our international commitments at a domestic level and how we can better draft legislation to respond to women’s rights and needs.


The prototype is currently being developed by Dr Vijeyarasa and a team of software engineers at Rapido Social and the UTS Faculty of Engineering. In March 2019, Dr Vijeyarasa will be bringing together a pool of research assistants to form a GLI Project Team to pilot the prototype and provide feedback to the engineers. Team members will meet in Sydney (at UTS Faculty of Law) and manually review laws, enter reviews into the system, and evaluate if the proposed system works and in what ways it can be improved. The laws will be focused on the following areas of law: domestic violence, reproductive health, extractives and related industries, labour laws, financial regulation and tax.

Required experience

  • Ideally, research assistants would have expertise in one or more areas of international women’s rights law. Experience with indices is an added plus.
  • Key to this role is attention to detail in reviewing laws. Candidates must already be based in Sydney and will be responsible for their own travel to and from UTS Law.

Time line: Research assistants need to be available to pilot the prototype from 18 to 22nd March. The work is likely to take between 25-30 hours over 4-5 days that week to cover around 50 laws.

Pay: $AUD46.74/hour + 17% superannuation contribution

How to apply:

If interested, please contact Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa (

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