Professorship in Cultural Rights

University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law


Fixed-term, 5-year Professorship in Cultural Rights

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites applications for a part time, fixed-term, five-years professorship in Cultural Rights on part time (50%). The position is an equally shared position between The Faculty of Law and The Saxo Institute, The Faculty of Humanities. The position is available from 1 July 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Requirements for the position

The Faculty of Law and the Saxo Institute are looking for a part time professor (50%) who can contribute to research and research-based teaching activities in the field of cultural rights. Applicants must be able to document a high degree of original academic production, which demonstrates theoretical insights into cultural rights as referred to in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Applicants who have conducted research at the intersection of law and humanities will be preferred.

The position is jointly-funded by The Saxo Institute, The Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Law and involves research-, teaching-, and dissemination duties at both The Saxo Institute and the Faculty of Law. The work tasks will be determined in more detail by agreement.

Applicants are expected to either be able to teach in Danish at the time of the application, or to have the proficiency in Danish that will make it probable that the applicant will be able to teach in Danish within 3-6 years. The university actively supports employees who at the time of employment do not have extensive experience of written and spoken Danish (or any other Scandinavian language) in the acquisition of these abilities.

Job content

The professorship is a position where the main responsibilities are research (including publication/academic dissemination duties) and research-based teaching (with related examination duties). The position may include research-based public-sector consultancy. It may also comprise knowledge sharing with society – including participation in the public debate. In addition, professors may be responsible for research, course and study programme management, guidance and supervision as well as academic assessment work.

The faculty determines the exact weighting of the various responsibilities, which may vary over time

The main tasks of the professor are:

  • Research within a subject area, including publishing and disseminating academic results within a subject area, both nationally and internationally.
  • Fulfilling teaching and administrative obligations, including course management, subject area development at the highest international level and, in this connection, performing research-based teaching and examinations together with administrative obligations within a subject area together with supervision of bachelor, master, and PhD students, etc.
  • Knowledge exchange with society and participation with academic knowledge in the public debate.
  • Research management, including by attracting external funding of salaries for research projects, by guidance and supervision of assistant professors and other researchers, and by participating in academic assessment work.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must be able to document a high degree of original academic production at an international level, as well as teaching experience at various levels including tests/exams, course/study programme management as well as contributions to curriculum development. Emphasis may be placed on the applicant’s ability to carry out and develop research-based public-sector consultancy. Also, emphasis may be placed on an assessment of the applicant’s ability to perform research and teaching management tasks and possibly fulfil other functions, for example in relation to the university’s external cooperation.

Personal qualifications will also be emphasized. The successful candidate will have a central role in the professional environment across The Saxo Institute and the Faculty of Law and must demonstrate strong social and collegiate skills.

Six overall criteria apply for professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organizational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement.

You can read more about the criteria UCPH criteria here

Find more information for recognizing merit for professors here:  5c_Criteria_for_recognising_merit_-professors.pdf (

For further details about the qualification requirements for assistant and associate professorships, please read the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2019 here: here


Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please note that each field in the application form must only contain a single file of max. 10Mb.

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Letter of motivation, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications, incl. papers, articles and books, must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.

The application MUST include the following 8 elements:

  1. Application / letter of motivation
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Diplomas. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, PhD diploma etc.)
  4. Publication list. Complete numbered list of publications included in the application.
  5. Teaching portfolio. This must include documentation for teaching qualifications, evaluations as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. Documentation of experience with the operation and development of education, pedagogy and didactics at a strategic level should be included in the teaching portfolio as well. For more information regarding teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the Job application portfolio – University of Copenhagen ( here
  6. Research plan. An outline of planned research activities, including publications plans and plans for applications for external funding. The plan must be ambitious and structured and also document the applicant’s skills to broadly contribute to research in one or more of the Saxo Institute’s and the Faculty’s research environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of the Saxo Institute’s and the Faculty's study programs.
  7. Publications. A maximum of seven (7) scientific publications that the applicant wishes to have included in the assessment, of which no more than three (3) may be monographs. Applicants, who have written a doctoral dissertation, PhD thesis or equivalent, must always submit the complete thesis and the written assessment of the thesis as a part of submitted publications if the thesis is written in one of the languages mentioned below. A PhD thesis written in another language may be submitted, but the Assessment Committee is not required to assess the thesis. The submitted research publications must be written in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English
  8. Co-author declaration. If citing work where the applicant has been a co-author, a co-author declaration, which addresses the applicant's share of these works, must be submitted. Material that has not yet published can be submitted. However, please indicate if this is the case.

Appointment procedure 

After the application deadline, the Head of the Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.


For further information about the positions, please contact Dean Jacob Graff Nielsen, e-mail:

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-0141/21-2K

Salary and conditions of employment 

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).  The salary range is DKK 53,162 per month + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis. A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, read more at this homepage:

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH. Find more information here: and

The UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background

The closing date for applications is February 1st at 23:59 [*CEST/CET]

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.

*(Centraleuropæisk sommertid=CEST/CET = normaltid)


The Faculty of Law is one of six faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. Research is partly organized in research centres and groups with focus on thematic areas of interest. The Faculty employs about 110 researchers and approx. 55 PhD students as well as approx. 70 administrative staff members. In addition, approx. 400 part-time lecturers teach on the legal programmes on which approx. 4,500 students are enrolled. See the Faculty website: for more information

The Saxo Institute is dedicated to the study of human societies past and present, with degree programs ranging from History to Archeology, Ethnology, Classical Languages and Migration Studies. With some 1400 students and a staff of 100 employees, the Institute offers a variety of research and library facilities, servicing a vibrant community of tenured scholars, graduate students, visiting researchers and externally funded projects. The institute also hosts a range of leading research centres and externally funded research projects. Read more about the Institute at: Saxo – University of Copenhagen (   


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Jacob Graff Nielsen


Application deadline: 01-02-2022
Employment start: 01-07-2022
Department/Location: Forskningsområdet

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