The National Law University, Delhi through Project 39A is seeking to engage a ‘Legal Researcher- Consultant’ on a contractual basis for the Fair Trial Fellowship Program supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI).

About the Program

Project 39A draws inspiration from Article 39-A in the Indian Constitution on equal justice and signals the broadening of our work on the criminal justice system in India. We undertake litigation, research, and communications relating to forensics, torture, legal aid, mental health, and the death penalty.

The Fair Trial Programme commenced in August 2018 and has established a Fellowship Program to support impaneled legal aid lawyers under the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) framework.

The twin goals of the program are to reduce the undertrial population in prisons in Pune and Nagpur and to work with the legal aid system in Maharashtra.

To this end, the program includes research as well as a litigation component. The Programme currently has offices in Pune and Nagpur.

Job Description

The Legal Researcher-Consultant will be responsible for designing as well as implementing research projects as part of the Programme on issues around criminal justice, legal aid and fair trials which is supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI).

The period of engagement will be for 7 months and any extension will be subject to the needs of the Programme and availability of funds.

Number of Position(s)

One (01)

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research on a range of issues around the criminal justice system including bail, capacity to stand trial, functioning of trial courts and legal aid, and other allied topics.
  • Contribute to developing and implementing the framework, methodology of research projects and implement the fieldwork.
  • Undertake fieldwork for the purposes of the project, including observing and facilitating trials, interviewing prisoners, police personnel, and other stakeholders.
  • Engage with various central and state agencies involved in the administration of the criminal justice system in India.
  • Collate, analyze and publish findings of the fieldwork.
  • Devise and implement litigation strategies.
  • Analyze case progress.
  • Work towards strengthening legal support systems.
  • Present the work of Project 39A at appropriate fora.
  • Participate in and contribute to the overall research and public communications efforts at Project 39A.
  • Undertake administrative or any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of Project 39A.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate with an LLB degree
  • Candidates with an LLM or Masters in Social Sciences like Anthropology, Social Work, Sociology criminology or other fields related to the program will be preferred. Prior Experience in Socio-Legal Research and/or issues related to the criminal justice system. Prior research experience of a minimum of 2 years is preferable
  • Proficiency in English is necessary. The ability to read/ write/ speak Marathi will be an advantage but is not mandatory.
  • Good research and writing skills


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be as per prevalent standards.


  • The shortlisted candidates shall be informed about the next round in the selection process via email.
  • The interview might be held in an online or offline mode. There will be multiple rounds of written tests and interviews.
  • Intimation regarding dates and selection rounds will be given to the shortlisted candidates by email.

How to Apply?

  • Interested persons may send their résumé and a brief statement, not exceeding 750 words, outlining the likely contributions to our work and explaining their interest in working on this program.
  • Applicants are also required to fill in their details in the form via the link given here.
  • Email: Interested persons must send their resume and statement of purpose (SOP) to p39arecruitment[at] and the subject of the email should be “Fair Trial Fellowship – Application for Legal Researcher-Consultant ’
  • Applications received after midnight of March 31, 2021, will not be considered.

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