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(Senior) Researcher of Public International Law

The Asser Institute in The Hague is a research centre for international and European law. Its mission is to contribute to the development of international and European law by conducting independent fundamental research, policy-oriented research, and applied legal research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events with a view to disseminating knowledge of international and European Law.

The Institute is dedicated to excellent research and to strengthening its vibrant research community and a culture of critical-constructive reflection.

The Asser Institute invites applications for a position as:

(Senior) Researcher of Public International Law
Full-time (38 hours per week)

To strengthen our critical research capacity in the area of public international law, working within the research strand on international institutions and practices. We are looking for a colleague who can engage critically with institutional practices and knowledge production, and communicate their findings in policy-relevant ways to diverse publics alongside the academic community.

As a researcher you are expected to:

  • initiate, develop and execute high-level research projects independently;
  • publish in top international journals;
  • participate in international seminars and conferences;
  • coordinate, develop and execute research projects in collaboration with other Asser researchers;
  • apply for external research grants (eg with organisations such as NWO or with the ERC scheme)
  • have an active interest in other work in the research group and contribute to the Asser research community as a whole;
  • take up the managing editorship of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law
  • contribute to Asser’s knowledge dissemination activities;
  • initiate, contribute to, and participate in ‘third stream money’ funded research projects and their acquisition.

The following background and interests are encouraged:

  • all-round knowledge of public international law is a must;
  • demonstrable focus on international organisations is a plus;
  • strong methodological foundation and interest is a plus;
  • interest in new technologies and effects on governance routines is a plus;
  • interest in international courts and tribunals is a plus.

The following criteria will be taken into account:

  • a completed PhD in public international law, plus post-doctoral research experience;
  • an interest in collaborating with researchers from other sub-legal fields (eg EU law or private international law)
  • a track record of high-quality academic publications;
  • experience in bringing your expertise to a broader (public and/or practice oriented) audience is a plus;
  • a strong and relevant international network;
  • commitment to contribute to a stimulating research community;
  • organisational and communications skills;
  • willingness to compete to attract external funding for research projects;
  • an ability to apply critical theory constructively;
  • fluency in English;
  • fluency in Dutch is required or the intent to become fluent in the near future
  • professional advocacy or other relevant institutional experience is a plus.


  • This appointment will be originally for the period of one year, available from 1 Sept 2021. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year.
  • UFO Salary scale: 11-12 according to the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities (VSNU). Remuneration depends on the actual level of education, experience and knowledge with a maximum of €5127,- (scale 11) or €5826,- (scale 12) gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

Please submit (a) your current CV; (b) a cover letter in which you explain your motivation, as well as a brief description of the sort of research you would be interested to pursue at Asser (with some indication of subject, method, context, etc); (c) a sample work of maximum 25 pages (e.g. a published paper); and (d) two letters of recommendation in pdf. Applications must be submitted before 15 May.

Submit your application in PDF format by email to, to the attention of the Selection Committee. Please indicate ‘Application (Senior) Researcher’ in the subject line. Further information on the position and the project may be obtained from Dr. Geoff Gordon (, Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator, and Prof. Dr. Janne Nijman, Academic Director of the Asser Institute (

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