RA Hiring for Professor Philip Alston

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Professor Philip Alston is seeking applications from JD and LLM students for several research assistant positions commencing in Fall 2022. The positions can be paid or for academic credit.


The first project relates to research he is conducting on how the privatization of essential sectors and services affects the realization of human rights. He is working with Bassam Khawaja and Rebecca Riddell (Co-Directors of the Human Rights and Privatization Project at the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice) as well as partner organizations to conduct human rights research on the impact of for-profit actors in healthcare, public transportation, water, housing, and other areas.  See CHRGJ’s website for more information about the human rights and privatization project.


The research assistant will conduct substantive research and writing on a range of subjects relevant to the topic, and will assist with the finalization of a major report. The position will commence as soon as possible.


The second project involves research for a new edition of a well-known casebook entitled International Human Rights. A new edition will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023 and this position involves working closely with Professor Alston to research specific topics in international human rights law to identify materials for inclusion in the new edition.


Professor Alston seeks applicants with excellent research and writing skills. The student should be available for approximately 8-10 hours of work per week. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLM students are eligible; must be a matriculated NYU Law student.


Please submit the following in one PDF file to Philip.alston@nyu.edu, indicating your project(s) of interest:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • NYU transcript if available
  • Two references
  • Brief writing sample of no more than five pages (on any topic, excerpts are fine)


Please title the PDF file with your first and last name (example: Jane.Doe.pdf). In your cover letter, indicate why you are interested in this position, as well as any significant knowledge of or experience with topics relevant to the work. However, relevant knowledge or experience is not a pre-requisite.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.