Assistant Professor in Public International Law

University of Amsterdam Amsterdam Law School


Assistant professor in Public International Law

Publication date 6 February 2020
Closing date 15 March 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €4,978 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-079

We are looking for an inspired, innovative assistant professor to engage in cross-cutting research within the law school’s research project on ‘Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL)’, and to teach in the field of public international law.

Job description

The successful candidate will

  • conduct research within the law school’s project on ‘Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL)’, which investigates law’s role in shaping the global economy as well as possibilities for transformative change towards greater degrees of social and environmental sustainabilitiy;
  • teach courses of public international law, most likely in the field of international economic law and general international law;
  • supervise master theses and possibly assist in the supervision of PhD students;
  • carry out and publish independent and high-quality research that fits within the SGEL project and the research at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL);
  • actively contribute to the research community of the Faculty, in particular of SGEL and ACIL;
  • apply for external research grants with organizations such as the NWO and ERC;
  • perform administrative and organizational tasks for the department and/or ACIL (eg participation in programme committee, examination board, etc.);
  • work as part of a team.


The ideal candidate:

  • has a PhD in Public International Law or a closely related field/discipline;
  • has proven, high-quality research output in the field of Public International Law (and/or a closely related field/discipline) in international journals and/or books;
  • has teaching experience and has excellent didactic qualities as evidenced by educational evaluations, where available;
  • has an excellent command of English, both verbal and written. (Knowledge of Dutch is not required at the start, but a willingness to aquire such knowledge is expected);
  • has excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills;
  • has a strong motivation both to teach and to do research;
  • is interested in working across legal sub-disciplines and also in an inter-disciplinary fashion where relevant;
  • has good organizational skills.

Our offer

The employment contract is for 1 FTE and will initially be on a temporary basis for two years. The contract may become permanent after this period depending on the candidate meeting the agreed upon performance criteria and availability of funds.

The preferred starting date is 15 August 2020 or as soon as possible.

Based on a full-time apointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary will range from €3,637 to €4,978 (end scale 11-12) depending on relevant work experience and qualifications.

Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities applies.

What else do we offer?

The successful candidate will join a vibrant research community and successful educational programmes. The candidate will form part of the department of Public International and European Law, the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the research project on Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL). SGEL is a law school project that connects public international law with private and European law. Next to ACIL it includes, in particular, researchers from the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law (ACT).

The law school’s relevant graduate and postgraduate programmes draw a diverse, interesting and interested student population from the Netherlands and abroad (about 50/50). ACIL has a strong track-record of excellent research and sustains a dynamic research culture through a series of events and intiatives.

About the Amsterdam Law School

The Amsterdam Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master's programmes, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 4000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

Further information

If you have questions, please contact:

  • Prof. Ingo Venzke, Professor of International Law and Social Justice, Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law 

For further information please consult the project website.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The candidates are asked to submit:

  • a cover letter, explaining your motivation to apply for this position;
  • a CV, including a list of publications;
  • a research plan (max 3 pages), including the contribution to the SGEL research program;
  • contact details of 2 referees;
  • proof of your PhD and other relevant degree(s);
  • a writing sample of a recently written, single authored manuscript (e.g., a chapter of your PhD or the manuscript of an article) in English of no more than 50 pages.

Interviews are planned to be held on Friday 27 March 2020.

Please send in your application using the link below. #LI-DNP


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