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Two positions as Assistant Professor in Public International Law

We are looking for two committed and innovative Assistant Professors to engage in cross-cutting research within the Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL) and to teach in the field of public international law in the Bachelor, and in the Master track Public International Law and/or the Master track International Trade and Investment Law.

What are you going to do

As Assistant Professor you will:

  • teach courses of public international law in the Bachelor and Master;
  • supervise bachelor and master theses and possibly assist in the supervision of PhD students;
  • carry out and publish high-quality research within the auspices of the ACIL and, possibly, SGEL;
  • actively contribute to the research community of the Law School, in particular of ACIL and SGEL;
  • apply for external research grants with organizations such as the NWO and ERC;
  • perform administrative and organizational tasks for the department and/or ACIL (e.g. participation in programme committee, examination board, etc.);
  • work as part of a team.


What do we require?

Our ideal candidate:

  • has a PhD in Public International Law or a closely related field/discipline;
  • has proven, high-quality research output in the field of Public International Law (and/or a closely related field/discipline) in international journals and/or books;
  • has teaching experience (lectures, seminars, exam drafting) and has excellent didactic qualities as evidenced by educational evaluations, where available;
  • is interested in working across legal sub-disciplines and also in a multi-disciplinary fashion where relevant;
  • has an excellent command of English, both verbal and written;
  • (only for one of the positions) has an excellent command of Dutch, both verbal and written;
  • has a strong motivation both to teach and to do research.

Experience in one or more of the following is an advantage:

  • conducting research that fits within the Amsterdam Law School’s project on ‘Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL)’, which investigates law’s role in shaping the global economy as well as possibilities for transformative change (this is a necessity for one of the two positions);
  • interactive learning, clinical teaching and other interactive practice courses;
  • course co-ordination;
  • teaching in the field of international economic law.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

For both positions we offer an employment contract for 38 hours per week for the position of Assistant Professor 2. Part-time options can be discussed.

The contract will initially be on a temporary basis for three years and may become permanent after this period depending on the candidate meeting the agreed upon performance criteria and the financial prognosis of the Department at the end of the contract period.

The preferred starting date is 1 August 2021. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary will range from €3,746 to €5,127 (scale 11) depending on relevant work experience and qualifications.

The University of Amsterdam offers a broad range of facilities allowing staff members to engage in personal development and effectively combine their work and personal life. The UvA also offers attractive financial incentives and a good pension scheme. Annual salaries will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

What else do we offer?

You will join a vibrant research community and successful educational programmes. The candidate will be a member of the Department of International and European Public Law, the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and, possibly, the research project on Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL). SGEL is a faculty project that connects public international law with private and European law. Next to ACIL it includes, in particular, researchers from the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law (ACT). ACIL has a strong track-record of excellent research and sustains a dynamic research culture through a series of events and intiatives.

The Department’s graduate programme draws a diverse, interesting and interested student population from the Netherlands and abroad. International students are strongly represented in the master tracks Public International Law and International Trade and Investment Law, which are part of the Law School’s Amsterdam Law Practice.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Amsterdam Law School – Amsterdam Center for International Law

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master’s programmes, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 5000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

Additional information

If you have questions, please contact: Prof. Ingo Venzke, Professor of International Law and Social Justice, Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL)

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