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The Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) invites applications for two PhD positions from candidates who can actively contribute to Amsterdam Law School's dynamic research community. For 38 hours per week. Closing date: 1 May 2018.

Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

Although originally founded as a research centre specifically for European contract law, today the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) researchers specialise in (the private law aspects of) a variety of legal fields. These include European consumer protection, environmental, financial, fundamental rights, housing, insolvency, labour, property and private international law. CSECL’s approach to European private law is multi-disciplinary, combining thorough legal analysis with pertinent insights from other fields, such as political theory, moral theory, political economy, behavioural sciences, and economic analysis.

Project description

Applicants are invited to formulate an innovative research question (or hypothesis) which should link up to one of the research orientations of CSECL. Researchers may also embed their European private law research project within the programme on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’, though that is not strictly necessary. In that programme, CSECL collaborates with the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL).

The successful candidates will be able to carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD and actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at CSECL and the research group on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’. They will be required to present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences; participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications; and show the relevance of their research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results.

The positions are first and foremost research positions; yet the candidates may have the opportunity, or may be asked, to contribute to teaching activities to a limited extent in the second and possibly third year of PhD research.


The successful candidate must have:

  • Completed master’s degree in (European) private law or a related discipline at the start of the employment;
  • Demonstrable research interest in European private law;
  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • Interest in inter-disciplinary research;
  • The ability to work in a team;
  • Curiosity and willingness to challenge opinions, and to be challenged.Knowledge of disciplines other than law is an asset, but not a requirement.

Knowledge of disciplines other than law is an asset, but not a requirement.

Further information

Applications are now closed.