Assistant Professors in Public International Law

University of Amsterdam Amsterdam Law School


Two Assistant Professors in Public International Law

Publication date 8 February 2021

Closing date 15 March 2021

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €3,746 to €5,127 gross per month

Vacancy number 21-081

We are looking for two committed and innovative Assistant Professors to engage in cross-cutting research within the Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL) and to teach in the field of public international law in the Bachelor, and in the Master track Public International Law and/or the Master track International Trade and Investment Law.

What are you going to do

As Assistant Professor you will:

  • teach courses of public international law in the Bachelor and Master;
  • supervise bachelor and master theses and possibly assist in the supervision of PhD students;
  • carry out and publish high-quality research within the auspices of the ACIL and, possibly, SGEL;
  • actively contribute to the research community of the Law School, in particular of ACIL and SGEL;
  • apply for external research grants with organizations such as the NWO and ERC;
  • perform administrative and organizational tasks for the department and/or ACIL (e.g. participation in programme committee, examination board, etc.);
  • work as part of a team.

What do we require

Our 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 (lectures, seminars, exam drafting) and has excellent didactic qualities as evidenced by educational evaluations, where available;
  • is interested in working across legal sub-disciplines and also in a multi-disciplinary fashion where relevant;
  • has an excellent command of English, both verbal and written;
  • (only for one of the positions) has an excellent command of Dutch, both verbal and written;
  • has a strong motivation both to teach and to do research.

Experience in one or more of the following is an advantage:

  • conducting research that fits within the Amsterdam 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 (this is a necessity for one of the two positions);
  • interactive learning, clinical teaching and other interactive practice courses;
  • course co-ordination;
  • teaching in the field of international economic law.

What do we offer you

You will join a vibrant research community and successful educational programmes. The candidate will be a member of the Department of International and European Public Law, the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and, possibly, the research project on Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL). SGEL is a faculty 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). ACIL has a strong track-record of excellent research and sustains a dynamic research culture through a series of events and intiatives.

The Department’s graduate programme draws a diverse, interesting and interested student population from the Netherlands and abroad. International students are strongly represented in the master tracks Public International Law and International Trade and Investment Law, which are part of the Law School’s Amsterdam Law Practice.

About the faculty

The University of Amsterdam’s 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 5000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

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If you have questions, please contact:

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

Our offer

For both positions we offer an employment contract for 38 hours per week for the position of Assistant Professor 2. Part-time options can be discussed.

The contract will initially be on a temporary basis for three years and may become permanent after this period depending on the candidate meeting the agreed upon performance criteria and the financial prognosis of the Department at the end of the contract period.

The preferred starting date is 1 August 2021. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary will range from €3,746 to €5,127 (scale 11) depending on relevant work experience and qualifications.

The University of Amsterdam offers a broad range of facilities allowing staff members to engage in personal development and effectively combine their work and personal life. The UvA also offers attractive financial incentives and a good pension scheme. Annual salaries will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 March 2021. You may apply online by using the link below. Please include the following documents, preferably in one or 2 files:

  • cover letter, explaining your motivation to apply for this position;
  • CV, including a list of publications;
  • research plan (max 2 pages), including, if applicable, the contribution to the SGEL research program;
  • contact details of 2 referees;
  • 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 25 and 26 March 2021. The candidate will be required to hold a short presentation (about 10-15 minutes).

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