Senior Legal Counsel

Position Objectives:

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

Term of Employment:

Full-time

Reports To:

CEO

Location:

Delhi

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:Collect and meticulously review case material to advise the organisation on and establish winning strategies

  • Develop and coordinate high-profile, strategic litigation for the advancement of animal protection under law, including by engaging external counsel and appearing in court with an objective to win
  • Identify, select, and manage external litigation counsel on all matters under supervision
  • Arrange legal notices on PETA India’s behalf to send to individuals or organisations breaking animal-protection laws when required
  • Support writing letters to, meet with, and persuade government decision-makers concerning the development of animal-friendly legislation and policies, including through representation on government committees when required
  • Support writing letters to, meet with, and persuade corporations about the incorporation of animal-friendly operating procedures and policies when required
  • Support writing 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 legal knowledge 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 laws
  • 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 and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from a university recognised by the Bar Council of India
  • Minimum of five years of litigation experience
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a related role preferred
  • Experience in animal rights law or a related field preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA India campaigns
  • Proven excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Proven excellent strategic-thinking and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks under strict time constraints
  • Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle
  • Support for PETA India’s philosophy and the ability to advocate for PETA India’s positions on issues in a professional manner
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation
  • Fluency in Hindi and English
  • Knowledge of other local Indian languages a plus

How to Apply:
To apply for a position with PETA India, complete this form