Legal Specialist – International Environment and Resources Law

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal & courts
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 18-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: 3274
  • Job Title: Legal Specialist – International Environment and Resources Law
  • Business Unit:
  • Division:
  • Summary:
  • Support New Zealand’s foreign policy and international law priorities and negotiations
  • Wide variety including law of the sea, international fisheries and international environment and resources law, and international law-related legislation
  • Take an active role in New Zealand’s foreign policy agenda at a critical time

The Legal Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking to hire an experienced international legal adviser to contribute to New Zealand’s international law work with an initial focus on international environment and resources law issues.  

Mō mātou – About us  

Our people represent New Zealand on and offshore, and in doing so make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. By building connections with and influencing other countries and international institutions, we advance New Zealand’s interests and pursue New Zealand’s values. We provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

Reporting to the Manager of the Environment and Resources Law Unit, this role provides legal and policy analysis that supports New Zealand’s international environment and resources law priorities, negotiations and legislation.

You will be actively involved in New Zealand’s foreign policy and international law agenda at a critical time due to the impacts of COVID-19, the challenges facing the international rules-based system and an increasing number of issues at the interface of domestic law and international law.

Skills and experience required:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor of Laws, including some study of international law
  • A minimum of 3-4 years’ experience as a lawyer or policy adviser with experience in one or more of the following: Environment/ fisheries/ resource management law, international law, or a combination of environment and resources law and policy being particularly valuable
  • Strong skills in legal analysis and an ability to communicate legal concepts and analysis clearly and effectively
  • Previous experience working on legislation preferred
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to think strategically and see linkages between different streams of work
  • Experience representing NZ in international forums is desirable

Me pēhea te tuku tono – To Apply 

We want our people to reflect the diversity of New Zealand and the communities we represent – valuing and respecting the contributions of staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills and perspectives. We value the transferable skills and points of view that both career and life experience bring to the table. As an employer, we are committed to a focus on leadership, talent, training and development, and flexible work options.

You must be a New Zealand citizen and able to obtain and maintain an appropriate NZ Government Security clearance.

For a confidential discussion please email Alice Revell at