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Information and Communications: Cornerstones of Justice for Victims of Crime with Disability (878604 — InfoComPWDs)

International Legal Consultant, Victims’ Rights

Title: International Legal Expert with expertise in the UN CRPD and the EU Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU).

Project: Information and Communications: Cornerstones of Justice for Victims of Crime with Disability (878604 — InfoComPWDs). Funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020)

Duration: October/November 2020 to June 2022

Location: Home based, with travel to attend international symposium in Brussels.

Fee: Fixed fee (inclusive of all costs, including all taxes) in EUR; plus travel and associated costs to attend international symposium in Brussels


Project Summary

Access to information and effective communication are essential for persons with disabilities who are victims of crime to participate effectively in criminal justice processes. This project will analyse victims’ access to their rights in Europe and create practical tools for key stakeholders in the justice system, alongside publication of national and international reports.

The two-year project, from July 2020 to June 2022, is being implemented by a consortium of nine organisations. The work is taking place in seven EU countries (Czechia, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia) with Validity Foundation as the Coordinator, and an academic team based in Slovenia supporting a research component in the initial phase of the project. A key innovation of the project is its focus on the nexus between the obligations set out in European Union Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU) together with the more recent EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights 2020-2025, the EU Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020, the European Accessibility Act, and the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The International Legal Consultant will ensure that the national level project activities bring added value to European and international practice and standards on access to justice for persons with disabilities.

Role and Tasks of International Legal Consultant

The consultant will help the project to achieve EU added value and ensure that project deliverables contribute to evolving European and international norms in the areas of victims’ rights, access to justice and disability. The consultant will contribute to the project through the following specific tasks, listed below with an indication of the due dates for the deliverables:

  1. Draft a circa 100-page international synthesis report with a comparative overview of the national findings and analysis vis-à-vis European and international law, and a 10 page executive summary (April 2022);
  2. Provide advice and guidance to Validity’s Project Manager and the research team on the development and implementation of the research methodology and tools, and national findings reports (November 2020 to June 2021);
  3. Co-produce a set of four practical tools (the ‘Toolchest’) together with Validity’s Project Manager for key stakeholders in the criminal justice system, including for victims of crime with disabilities (September 2021); and
  4. Participate in an international symposium in Brussels in 2022 to launch the synthesis report and publicise the project outputs with EU and international stakeholders and policy makers (May/June 2022).

Requirements and Expertise

The consultant should meet the following requirements. We welcome expressions of interest from both individual consultants as well as groups. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as persons with disabilities:

  • Current or former academic, practising lawyer or legal expert in an international organisation or DPO/NGO;
  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent) in disability law, criminal justice, EU law, victims’ rights or a similar field of relevance to this project and research;
  • Minimum of 10 years experience in EU and disability law;
  • Published in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of or experience in litigating criminal law preferred, especially in a civil law jurisdiction;
  • Appreciation of the disability rights movements and victims’ rights perspective;
  • Experience working collaboratively with networks of organisations;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English with ability to produce high-quality publications targeting multiple audiences;
  • Understanding and experience of European Union policy making an asset;
  • Knowledge of and experience in Central and Eastern Europe an asset;
  • Central/Eastern European language an asset;
  • European Union citizenship or right to work in the European Union.

Tender and contracting process

Please see the Terms of Reference for a full description of the role. If you have any questions please contact

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • CV, including list of prior publications
  • Financial offer indicating a breakdown of fees for each task and the total in EUR
  • A proposal of approximately 2 pages outlining the technical approach to the work.

Applications for the work should be sent to by 23 November 2020 with Application for International Legal Consultant Role: InfoComPWDs in the subject line.

More information about the project is available on the project webpage:

More information about Validity is available on our website:


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Information and Communications: Cornerstones of Justice for Victims of Crime with Disability (878604 — InfoComPWDs) This project is co-funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). JUST-AG-2019 / JUST-JACC-AG-2019. The contents of this project represent the views of the project partners only and are their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.