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Reseach Associate - International Law and Policy Full Time

Job Description

We are looking for a Research Associate to join the CyberPeace Institute. In an age where the sophistication and hybrid nature of cyberattacks is deepening the accountability gap, we are looking for a hands-on professional with a drive to protect civilian populations.

The Research Associate will support the Advancement function of the CyberPeace Institute to advance international law and norms in order to promote responsible behaviour in cyberspace. The successful candidate will conduct cross-disciplinary research and analysis aimed at assessing the current ecosystem of international laws and norms as applied to cyberspace. Through analysis, research, publication, and stakeholder engagement, the successful candidate will assist the Institute in its goal to identify gaps in accountability and promote human centric solutions.

This is a tremendous opportunity to shape a burgeoning area of international law and promote peace in cyberspace. If you want to support the most vulnerable, and if you wish to work in a demanding but yet challenging and rewarding environment, we are excited to receive your application.


Under the leadership of the Chief Strategy Officer, the Research Associate will work on a daily basis with cyber experts to;

  • Research and analyse the current legal and normative landscape through a framework to promote accountability;

  • Produce strategic analysis reports, research papers, blogs, and other knowledge works;

  • Produce localized research reports of on the ground realities;

  • Collaborate with the Institute cyber investigators and cyber data analysts to analyse legal implications of attacks and operations;

  • Track and report on developments in cyber and internet governance at the international and domestic levels;

  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders across industry, academia and civil society, and relevant public sector entities;

  • Perform additional tasks in support of the Institute, across various teams, projects and initiatives.

Experience, skills and attributes

  • A proven track record in relevant research methods which is apparent from publications in academic journals, presentations at international scientific conferences, and other professional activities;

  • Demonstrated critical analysis and writing skills, including through publications in blogs, academic journals, presentations and other professional activities related to international law and policy (i.e. cyber norms, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, etc.);

  • Experience in working with data analysis and visualization;

  • Experience in and ability to apply legal concepts to actual events with incomplete and complex fact patterns;

  • The ability to create and foster relationships with stakeholders;

  • Experience working in a multicultural environment at the international level;

  • Meticulous attention to detail, diligent, and able to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure;

  • Ability to identify innovative, creative solutions within traditional disciplines and paradigms;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including for reporting findings and conveying complex legal issues to non-legal people;

  • Be a lateral thinker, capable of listening to other people’s points of view, and understanding and integrating multiple internal and external perspectives;
  • Have a strong team spirit and enjoy working in teams composed of people from different fields and backgrounds.


The working language of the Institute is English. An excellent command of this language, including related to law and cybersecurity, is required. Showing strong command in other languages will be considered an asset.

Equal opportunities

The CyberPeace Institute is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Additional information

  • Type of contract: One year contract, with a possibility of renewal

  • Working rate: 100%

  • Starting date: as soon as possible

  • Location: Geneva (GVA), with remote working possibilities


Please submit your application via the online form including;

  • a CV (2 pages max), in pdf format.

  • a cover letter (1 page max) describing your motivation, in pdf format.

  • 3 examples of previous work (i.e. written contributions, projects’ description) in pdf format.

Deadline for application is Friday October 9th at 11:59 CET

Incomplete applications or those received after the deadline will not be considered.