Associate Professor in International and European Law

Utrecht University Utrecht University School of Law


Associate Professor, Department of International and European Law (1.0 FTE)

Job description

The Department of International and European Law (Internationaal en Europees Recht - IER) at the Utrecht University School of Law is hiring an Associate Professor (‘universitair hoofddocent’). We are looking for a teaching and research leader, who works well within a team and is able to connect the different groups of the department (European law, public international law, human rights law, public economic law and labor/social law). The position includes teaching (including teaching coordination, max. 0.6 FTE), research (max. 0.4 FTE), as well as some managerial responsibilities. We are strongly committed to equality and diversity. Therefore, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities.


  • You are expected to strengthen the quality of IER teaching (content, didactics, methods, skills development, teaching qualifications of staff).
  • You will teach the Bachelor's courses and/or Master's programmes offered by IER. The Master’s programmes offered by IER, or in which IER participates, are: European Law, Public International Law, Law and Economics, Law and Technology, Law and Sustainability, European Criminal Justice, and Onderneming en Recht.
  • You perform high quality research, you are co-supervisor of PhD candidates and you are active in acquiring research funding. This research will be conducted within one of the research programmes of the Law School.

IER leadership

Apart from the activities pertaining to any associate professorship, you will be asked to perform leadership/managerial tasks for IER. The exact tasks are yet to be decided upon in consultation with the newly appointed Associate Professor.


  • You hold a doctorate (PhD) in the broad field of international and European law, as well as a Basic Teaching Qualification.
  • You commit to obtaining the Senior Teaching and Research Qualifications, one of them within two years, the other within four years.
  • You have a command of English at level C1-C2 CEFR. You have a command of Dutch at level B2 CEFR (please provide proof of certification with your application).
  • You are a team player with great enthusiasm for research and teaching in the area of international and European law.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to perform management and leadership tasks, and to inspire others. You are capable of sharing your vision, coaching talent, and delegating tasks where appropriate.
  • Your research is of a high standard and relates to one of the research programmes of the Law School (RENFORCE, UCWOSL, Ucall, Montaigne, UCERF), and one of the strategic themes of the university (in particular Institutions for Open Societies and Pathways to Sustainability).
  • You understand very well how universities are run.
  • You have strong intercultural competences (or the ability to develop them) and experience working in, and valuing, diverse and international environments.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of seven years. Following a positive evaluation your employment will become permanent. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €5,190 and €6,317 (scale 13 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governanceis a faculty at the heart of society, with a strong focus on social issues. Our subjects of Law, Economics and Governance give us a strong mix of academic disciplines that complement and enhance each other. This is a unique combination and a mark of our faculty's strength.

The Utrecht University School of Law has provided quality research and education for more than 350 years. Constant innovation has enabled the School to maintain its leading position. Top-ranking research is conducted in all important legal fields: private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law and international law. Researchers collaborate intensively with foreign partners, mainly from the angle of European and comparative law. The School of Law also conducts contract research and consultancy for other organisations. The extensive educational programme is based on academic research conducted within the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Students are trained to be highly qualified, internationally-oriented lawyers on the basis of modern didactical principles. The School of Law offers eight English-language Master’s programmes and contributes to the Transnational Law Programme, an English-language Bachelor’s programme. The Utrecht School of Law has launched the Netherlands’ most extensive international student exchange programme. In addition, training programmes for professionals are available.

The School of Law aspires to have a diverse body of staff (and students) and it strives to create and sustain a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. More information about the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy of the University can be found here.

Additional information

Additional information regarding the position can be obtained from: Prof. C.M.J. Ryngaert (Chair Department IER) via C.M.J. For procedural information regarding the position please turn to: Ms. M. Walraven (Managing Coordinator Department IER) via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

In your application, we would like you to present your vision on:

  • how teaching and research collaboration could be strengthened within a relatively diverse department such as IER. Diverse in terms of employees and in terms of research and teaching focus of the different groups within the department, and the different research groups;
  • how you would connect departmental teaching and research to university-wide and societal evolutions and priorities;
  • how an inclusive and safe working environment could be promoted;
  • in our assessment of your application, we pay particular attention to your ideas in this regard.

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