One position as post-doctoral researcher in ‘Toxic Crimes Project’ (100%)

The ‘Toxic Crimes Project’ is looking for a full-time grant-funded researcher at the postdoctoral stage for a 26-month period (starting October 2020). Our project is funded by the Academy of Finland and the Kone Foundation. The grant-funded researcher at the postdoctoral stage will receive a monthly grant from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.

The grantee will be affiliated with the Faculty of Law, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI), at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The appointee’s duties will include conducting original research, publishing academic and non-academic articles, as well participating in other activities at the Faculty of Law and ECI. In addition to independent research work, the grant funded researcher must be able to work in a team with the other group members in order to follow the overarching project research plan. Our working language is English.

The appointee will be a group member in the Toxic Crimes Project (directed by Dr. Freek van der Vet). Our project combines sociological and legal approaches to examine how activists, lawyers, and other experts work against environmental destruction as a consequence of war and conflict. In the first part of the project, we examine how a network of international experts and organizations develops an international legal framework on wartime environmental destruction. In the second part of the project, we examine single country case studies on wartime environmental destruction. The project aims to reveal (1) how experts were involved in the development of this legal framework, (2) how they try to promote the idea of the environment as a victim of war, (3) how they have created new expertise and strategies, and (4) how they have worked “on the ground” to limit the damage to health and ecosystems in specific conflict zones.

We are looking for a colleague with a completed and relevant doctoral degree (social sciences, law, or related discipline). The position requires the ability and motivation to conduct independent scientific research. Furthermore, we are looking for a colleague who:

  • Can publish in international academic journals
  • Participates in international academic networks and conferences
  • Is willing to write non-academic articles (op-eds, etc.)
  • Engages in interdisciplinary scholarship between the fields of social science and international law (environmental law or other) or related relevant disciplines.
  • Conducts empirical research (fieldwork, interview studies, or empirical legal work)
  • Demonstrates collegiality and professionalism (peer support/peer feedback/international cooperation)
  • Has excellent and clear English communication skills

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