Job Opportunity: Legal Counsel at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Delhi, India

About the Job Opportunity

PETA India is seeking to hire a law graduate with experience in litigation for the job role of Legal Counsel, in Delhi. The objectives of this engagement are as follows:

  • To assist with strategising and coordinating PETA India litigation at various forums, including in cooperation with outside counsel
  • To ensure that PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives
  • To prepare casework against individuals or organisations responsible for cruelty to animals

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Draft in-house legal documents and pleadings
  • Conduct legal research for ongoing and proposed litigation
  • Manage in-house litigations and coordinate with outside counsel, as assigned
  • Ensure regular, timely reporting on the progress of litigation to the supervisor
  • Assist with and, when required, lead PETA India’s litigation to advance animal protection under the law, including by coordinating with outside counsel and appearing in court
  • Under supervision, identify and manage relations with outside legal counsel on various matters
  • Prepare and send legal notices to individuals and organisations breaking animal-protection laws
  • Assist in exercising due diligence, including by maintaining clear records of correspondence and court-related documents
  • Ensure that the organisation’s work conforms with legal requirements
  • Meet with outside counsel and others, as required by individual cases and as requested
  • Write letters to and meet with law-enforcement officials in order to persuade them to act in cases of cruelty to animals
  • Draft and coordinate official letters, Right to Information Act requests, reports, and other documents as needed
  • Ensure PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives
  • Conduct media interviews, including on camera, and carry out other public-speaking engagements about specific cases as well as PETA India’s policy advocacy work and campaigns
  • 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

Eligibility

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from a university recognised by The Bar Council of India
  • Experience: 2-3 years of litigation experience preferred
    • Preferred experience in animal rights law or a related field
  • Good standing to practise law
  • Ability to travel for PETA litigation
  • 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 advocate PETA’s positions on issues in a professional manner
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation
  • Fluent in Hindi
  • Knowledge of other local Indian languages a plus

Procedure 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

Location

Delhi

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