Professorships in Legal Science

University of Copenhagen



The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for one or more permanent positions as Professor.

The positions include research-, teaching- and administrative responsibilities. The positions are available from 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible.

Applicants for the permanent Professor position(s) have to fulfil the following recruitment purposes, cf. 1 and 2 below.

1. Broad and documented experience with research and teaching on an international level within core legal disciplines at the Faculty’s study programs on bachelor level (LL.B.) and graduate level (LL.M.).

The Faculty is interested in applicants with prominent academic profiles within core legal disciplines such as Constitutional Law, Tort and Contract Law, Law of Obligations, Administrative Law, Property and Creditor Law, Company Law and Labour Law etc. Applicants with a broad academic profile are preferred.

The Faculty is well staffed within EU Law, International Law and Intellectual Property Law. Therefore, further appointments within these areas require that the applicant in the research plan and teaching portfolio can clearly establish the ability to contribute to teaching broadly at the faculty’s study programs and that the applicant’s research plan can further develop the Faculty’s research within the specific area.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the study programs and the various courses in these, which are currently offered by the Faculty

2. Extensive and documented experience with operation and development of education, pedagogy and didactics on a strategic level.

The Faculty is interested in attracting applicants with extensive and documented experience relating to development of teaching on a strategic level, including pedagogically and didactically. Considerable emphasis is put on these competences.

This experience can for example consist of extensive development of existing courses and new courses, study programs, experience with educational management positions, development of new teaching and didactic methods, experience with accreditation and quality assurance, and development of implementation of educational strategy and digital learning on a strategic level etc.

It is considered an advantage to have experience on different levels, such as course directorship, responsibility for groups of courses and study programs, membership of collegial bodies of education, management posts with responsibility for operation and development of strategic education projects etc.

The applicants are expected to fulfill both recruitment purposes mentioned above.

For further information on the recruitment purposes, please contact Dean Jacob Graff Nielsen e-mail:

The Positions
The main responsibilities of the Professors are:

  • research in the academic field, including publishing and disseminating research results both nationally and internationally
  • research-based teaching and administrative duties relating to teaching and research, including managing course responsibility for the mandatory courses
  • development of the academic field to the highest international level and to manage and develop research-based teaching with associated examination and administrative duties, including supervision of, amongst others, bachelor students, master students and PhD students
  • participation in knowledge exchange with the surrounding society and participate in public debate, and
  • research leadership, including procurement of research funding for research projects, submitting applications for research funding, educational guidance and supervision of assistant Professors and postdocs as well as academic assessments and evaluations.

The Professors are obligated to develop and maintain his or her competences within teaching, education and pedagogy. Other obligations may be added as stipulated by the Faculty.

Required Qualifications
The faculty considers the following qualifications as essential:

  • applicants must be able to document scientific qualifications at a high international level including development of the research area. Applicants must have experience with publishing in internationally leading journals / publishers and experience with presenting research at the leading international conferences within their field of research
  • furthermore, applicants must display ability and will to continue the development of the field, including development of new theory and publication of research relating to and developing the field’s international state of the art
  • applicants must show ability to lead and participate in research collaboration and to stimulate to the building of a strong and active research environment through research leadership, ability to attract external funding and of handling research management functions
  • applicants must have attained a high level of broad teaching qualifications, including qualifications in the development of research-based programs and the implementation of research-based teaching in the field, and must have an interest in contributing to new developments in the teaching area.

The positions are permanent and connected to mandatory courses in Danish and therefore the Faculty expects that the appointed Professor over time acquire skills in Danish sufficient to teach in Danish. The Faculty actively encourages and supports academic staff with little or no knowledge of written and oral Danish (or another Scandinavian language) in the effort to acquire skills in Danish.

For more information, applicants are encouraged to read the memorandum “Job Structure for Academic Staff at the Universities 2013” as well as the “Guide to appointment of permanent academic staff at the Faculty of Law”.

Salary and terms of employment as Professor
The appointment is a permanent position covered by the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC) on remuneration in pay scale 37, DKK 565,340 (EUR 75,760) (preliminary as of 1 April 2019). In addition to the basic salary you will receive an annual supplement, currently DKK 55,764 (EUR 7,472) (preliminary as of 1 April 2019). In addition to this, a total contribution to your pension fund equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual supplement is paid.


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. Documentation of qualifications (degrees/diplomas, transcripts etc.)
  4. Complete numbered list of publications highlighting publications submitted for assessment
  5. Teaching portfolio including documentation for teaching qualifications as well as a brief statement of the applicant's teaching visions within the research area. Documentation of experience relating to operation and development of education, pedagogy and didactics on a strategic level has to be included in the teaching portfolio. For more information regarding the expected contents of the teaching portfolio, applicants are encouraged to read the University guidelines for teaching portfolios when appointing academic staff at the University of Copenhagen.
  6. Research plan including an outline of planned research activities, publication plans and plans for application for external funding of remuneration of PhD students and/or postdocs who may contribute to the establishment of a research group within the discipline. The plan, which must be structured and ambitious, also must document the applicant’s skill to contribute to research in one or more of the Faculty's researchcenters and environments, including how research can benefit the students in one or more of 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 submits a PhD thesis, other Doctoral thesis or equivalent, must always submit the written assessment of the thesis if a written assessment exits. 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.

In addition to the material, which the applicant wishes to include in the assessment, the Assessment Committee may require further material for the assessment of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide such supplementary material should this be requested.

Application Procedure
The application, appendixes and the submitted scientific publications MUST be uploaded electronically using the link below. We advise you to have the above mentioned documents ready before you begin to fill out your online application, and it is essential that all required documents are enclosed.

Applications must be addressed to the Dean.

An automatically generated message is sent out acknowledging receipt of the uploaded application.

Applicants will be kept informed about the process of the application procedure on a regular basis via email.

Following the application deadline, the Dean selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. Applicants are selected on the basis of an overall assessment of the applicants that best match the recruitent needs of the Faculty as described in this advertisement for the post. This is compared with the applicant's research and teaching profile as set out in the application, CV incl. list of publication, teaching portfolio and any research/development plan. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and when the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicants themselves.

According to the University of Copenhagen’s “Action Plan for Career, Gender and Quality – Equal Opportunities in Research and Management” there is to be at least one applicant of each gender before a position can be filled.

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

For further information on the process please contact academic officer Rikke Dall (HR), email:, please refer to ID number 211-0075/19-2K.

Application Deadline
The application must be uploaded by 4 November 2019, 23:59 GMT+1.

Applications received after the deadline has expired will not be accepted.

If your application does not include all the required supporting documents, your application will be rejected and will not be considered by the assessment committee.

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