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Legal Adviser

Reports To:

Director of Veterinary Affairs

Location:

Delhi 

Term of Employment:

Full-time

Position Objectives:

  • To strategise and coordinate PETA India litigation, including utilising outside counsel
  • To influence government decision-makers in the development of animal-friendly legislation and policies
  • To influence corporate entities to incorporate animal-friendly operating procedures and policies
  • To ensure PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance towards and meet our objectives
  • To prepare casework against individuals or organisations responsible for cruelty to animals

 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Gather and meticulously review case material to advise on and set winning strategy
  • Develop and coordinate high-profile, strategic litigation for the advancement of animal protection under the law, including by utilising outside counsel and appearing in court with an objective to win
  • Identify, select and manage outside litigation counsel on all matters under supervision
  • Arrange legal notices to send to individuals or organisations breaking animal-protection laws on behalf of PETA India when required
  • Write letters to, meet with and persuade government decision-makers on the development of animal-friendly legislation and policies, including through representation on government committees when required
  • Write letters to, meet with and persuade corporations about the incorporation of animal-friendly operating procedures and policies when required
  • Write letters to, meet with and persuade law-enforcement officials to act against cases of cruelty to animals when required
  • Conduct research to help ensure PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance towards and meet our objectives
  • Conduct media interviews, including on-camera, and other public-speaking engagements about cases and PETA India’s policy advocacy work and campaigns when requested
  • Provide campaigners, researchers, investigators and caseworkers with legal support
  • Research, interpret and apply pertinent central government and state statutes, regulations and case law
  • Report on weekly developments in all significant matters as well as future courses of action and related deadlines
  • Monitor issues and cases for potential legal action
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from a university recognised by the Bar Council of India
  • Litigation experience
  • Five years’ experience in a related role preferred
  • Preferred experience in animal rights law or a related field
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA campaigns
  • Proven excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Proven excellent strategic-thinking and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA’s positions on issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation

How to Apply

To apply for a position with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, please send your cover letter and CV to jobs@petaindia.org.