Visiting Fellow


The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) is an organisation located in Malta with a mission to deliver innovative and sustainable capacity-building through the implementation of counter-terrorism-related, rule of law-based good practices developed by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and other international and regional fora.

Since its inauguration in 2014, the IIJ has trained more than 7000 criminal justice practitioners through its interactive capacity-building workshops – in Malta and abroad – that enhance the competencies of parliamentarians, judges, prosecutors, police, prison, and other criminal justice practitioners to address terrorism and related transnational criminal activities within a rule of law framework. The IIJ delivers capacity-building training tailored to the needs of the regions it serves, including North, West and East Africa; the Middle East; and select engagement in the Balkans, and Central, South and Southeast Asia. For more information on the IIJ, please visit the IIJ’s website

The Visiting Fellow status is granted by decision of the IIJ Executive Secretary and the IIJ Senior Management, on a non-salaried basis and for a 3-month to 1-year renewable period, to scholars and researchers affiliated with a university or an international research centre, and to military personnel who have completed a PhD or are in the process of completing a thesis.
The Visiting Fellow will contribute to the collective life of a dynamic, multinational team and will be primarily responsible for planning and conducting meaningful, evidence-based research on a wide range of topics related to terrorism, as well as radicalisation and violent extremism leading to terrorism.
Duties and responsibilities:

  • Collect, review, and analyse qualitative data using a variety of primary source materials in IIJ’s areas of interventions;
  • Translate data and findings into concrete actions and tailor them to different audiences, such as:
    o Training for practitioners and policy-makers
    o Policy analysis and advice
    o Recommendations and Action Plans
  • Author context analysis, long and short contributions that can be publicized on the IIJ website, shared with the IIJ alumni and advisory board, as well as reports of completed projects;
  • Contribute to the broader activities of the Programmatic and Academic Units, including presentations;
  • Perform other duties as required to help advance IIJ’s expertise, and strengthen its research agenda.
  • A postgraduate degree or PhD in Law, Political Science and/or International Relations, with a focus on counterterrorism and violent extremism
  • 7+ years of research experience/ background research in relevant field(s)
  • Capacity to think creatively and strategically & Ability to produce excellent written material under tight deadlines
  • Proactive & constructive behaviour, hands-on mentality, and awareness of multicultural dynamics
  • Strong work ethic & highest standards of integrity
  • Strong communicator, Professional fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills (French and/or Arabic would be an asset)
  • Eligible to work in Malta

All interested applicants meeting the qualifications listed above are invited to submit a cover letter, a resume/CV, and a research proposal in IIJ’s area s of operation to the IIJ Executive Secretariat via clearly stating “RA_2023” in the subject line. The vacancy shall remain open until filled.

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