The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Assistant (BB-CF427)

Found in: Neuvoo HK



The appointee will assist the principal investigator, Professor Christopher Roberts, on a Hong Kong Research Grants Council funded project, titled “The Exportation and Evolution of Vagrancy Laws in the Nineteenth Century British Empire: From the Caribbean to Hong Kong.” The project will explore the development of a new vagrancy law model in early nineteenth century England, the manner in which that model was exported across the British colonial world, and how the model changed over time and in relation to varying circumstances. Locations across the former British empire in which the adoption and adaptation of vagrancy laws will be considered include the Caribbean, Mauritius, Ceylon, Ireland, India, the Cape Colony, the Straits Settlements, the East African Protectorate, Northern Nigeria and Hong Kong. As well as exploring the exportation, evolution and implementation of vagrancy laws, the project will also explore the connections between those laws and the development of public order institutions and ideologies. In addition to academic outputs, the project will result in the production of a policy report, which explores the contemporary legacies of the nineteenth century expansion in vagrancy laws and outlines potential rights-based legal reforms.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in law, history or a related subject, preferably a higher degree.

Duties include (a) analysing archival materials; (b) conducting research; (c) report writing; (d) liaising with partner researchers and civil society organisations; and (e) contributing to the development of the policy report.

Appointment will be made on contract basis for one year, commencing around the end of summer 2021.

Applicants should complete the online application form and upload the following documents: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) cover letter, indicating background and reasons for interest in the position; and (3) transcripts.

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