Legal Associate vacancies at Dept. of Economic Affairs

The Department of Economic Affairs has invited applications for the post of Sr. Legal Associate/Legal Associates for a fixed period on full time basis under the supervision of Joint Secretary (Investment) in this Department to deal with disputes against Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and under Indian Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Only persons with requisite qualification and experience as prescribed would be hired.

Name of Post (s):

(1) One Sr. Legal Associate and

(2) Two Legal Associates on a full time basis.

Note: Age Limit for both posts is 40 years.

The terms of reference for both categories of legal associates are as follows:



  1. a) Assisting the Investment Division in the Department of Economic Affairs for all legal matters relating to cases against the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) anywhere in India, including responding to the Notices and Liasoning with Govt. standing counsel for complying with court procedures;
  2. b) Drafting and filing of all legal documents for cases against the FIPB;
  3. c) Briefing senior counsels with regard to FIPB cases, attending court hearings and reporting the matter back to the Department; and
  4. d) Work related to drafting legal documents and assisting external legal counsel with regard to Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) dispute handled by DEA/GoI, as per requirement.


Eligibility and Qualifications:

For Senior Associate:


a) Graduate degree in law from a recognized Indian University. However, preference may be given to those with a Master’s degree in Law from an Indian or foreign university.

b) Consistent academic record during the undergraduate degree in law, i.e. preferably above 70% or a Cumulative Grade Point Average of above 7/10 along with achievements in co-curricular activities such as moot courts etc.

c) Minimum 3-4 year experience in an Indian law firm or in any other independent set up handling complex litigation or arbitration matters (certificate of experience would be required to be produced at the time of interview). However, preference may be given to those with experience in a band 1 Indian legal firm.

d) Experience should ideally relate to the following disciplines:

  • Corporate Law;
  • Foreign investment regulation;
  • Public International Law or International Investment Law; and
  • International Arbitration.


e) Minimum 2 publications in reputed national/international legal journals regarding subject matters listed under (d) above in the last 4 years.

For Legal Associate:


a) Graduate degree in law from a recognized Indian University.

b) Consistent academic record during the undergraduate degree in law, i.e, preferably above 70% or a Cumulative Grade Point Average of above 7/10 along with achievements in co-curricular activities such as moot courts, etc.

c) Minimum 1 year experience in an Indian law firm or in any other independent set up handing complex litigation or arbitration matters (Certificate of experience would be required to be produced at the time of interview).

d) Experience should ideally relate to the following disciplines: (i) Corporate Law; (ii) Foreign investment regulation; (iii) Public International Law or International Investment Law; and (iv) International Arbitration.

Tenure


a) The maximum continuous tenure will be two years. If the services are found satisfactory at the end of the first year the contract can be extended for the next year. They will be appointed on full time basis and will not be permitted to take up any other assignment during the period.

b) The appointment can be cancelled at any time by the Ministry without assigning any reason.

Other Entitlements/Conditions

Senior Legal Associate: Rs. 60,000/- per month. If the services are found satisfactory the contract can be extended for the next year.

Legal Associate: Rs. 35,000/- per month. If the services are found satisfactory the contract can be extended for the next year.

How to Apply:

Separate Application will have to be submitted for each position. Individuals interested in applying for the above positions may send their Resumes along with self attested copies of originals demonstrating the applicant’s compliance with the minimum qualification criteria as may be applicable to (liz_basil2002@yahoo.co.in and c.c to ishita.tripathy@nic.in).  Applications can also be sent to US (Admn.I A), Room No. 164-A, North Block, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi – 110 001, within 15 days from date of notification on DEA’s website.

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