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One Position as Post-Doc in Law Specialised in International Law (80%)

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is recruiting a

Post-Doc in Law specialised in international law

for Sinergia Project: Making Trade Agreements Work in the Service of Society

PERIOD OF CONTRACT: Fixed-term contract


01.06.2022 – 31.05.2026



The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Geneva Graduate Institute, is to hire 1 post doc in Law specialized in international law and/or trade or trade-related fields for an interdisciplinary research project on Trade Agreements.

The researchers will be part of a larger research team composed of: Richard Baldwin (Professor of International Economics), Joost Pauwelyn (Professor of International Law), Cedric Dupont (Professor of International Relations), three Post-Doc researchers (one in each discipline) and three Phd students (one in each discipline).

The RESEARCH PROJECT: Making Trade Agreements Work in the Service of Society

International trade agreements typically benefit the national welfare of the nations that sign them. However, they also generate economic displacements as well as negative social and environmental spill-overs. The traditional approach to address these negative spill-overs has been to rely on domestic flanking policies, which are de-linked from the trade agreement itself. This approach, however, has not always worked well. Too often trade has been liberalized internationally, but domestic lawmakers have failed to enact the needed measures to address economic disruptions and spill-over effects on the environment and society. This has sapped the support for trade. Popular resentment of ‘globalisation’ has driven anti-trade sentiments to heights not seen since the 1930s in key geographies. A trend that has been intensified further with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This project will explore if and how trade agreements could become a vehicle to address these spill-overs more directly by including the necessary flanking policies that offset the negative effects either (i) in the trade agreement itself or (ii) anchored in the domestic legislation implementing the trade agreement (hereafter “package treaties”).

There is a need for an innovative and interdisciplinary effort (international economics, law, and relations) to further explore such tools for trade and identify if and how these modalities can be politically realistic and socially effective for “packaging” trade agreements, be it in the agreement itself or its domestic implementation, with complementary policies in ways that pre-empt, minimise or redress the disruptions. The findings have the potential of reshaping the way future international trade agreements are developed and how domestic trade policy can be anchored to required flanking policies.

Main duties

This is intrinsically an interdisciplinary project, covering international economics, international and domestic law, and international relations/political science. The Law post-doc researcher will be specialized in international law and/or trade or trade-related fields. He/she will be responsible for the day-to-day research, with a focus on treaty design and legal avenues to link treaties to domestic flanking policies and adjustments.


The required qualifications include:

  • University degree with a PhD in law/economics/political science
  • Proven experience working in teams, with prior experience in interdisciplinary teams a plus
  • Entrepreneurship, ambition, and can-do attitude are critical
  • Ability to self-organize and set priorities, with support from the Principal Investigators.
  • Ability to manage a junior team member (PhD student)
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.

% Workload

  • The planned workload corresponds to 80%
  • Start date ideally 1st of June, negotiable
  • Contract of 4 years (including 3 month probation)


Maison de La Paix, Geneva


  • By 31.01.2022
  • Interviews will be completed in February/March; first round will be a written exercise.
  • We need: CV and cover letter

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the Institute’s website:

Please note that offers received by post won’t be considered.


The link to the online application form can be found at the bottom of the page (red box) here.

Organisation: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Deadline: 31/01/2022
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