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The Amsterdam Law School of the University of Amsterdam has an opening for a PhD position. The PhD project will be focusing on interactions between two of the three sub-disciplines of European Private Law, European Public Law, and Public International Law.

Publication date June 24, 2019
Closing date July 14, 2019
Job scope 38 hours per week
Salarisindicatie €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacancy number 19-424

Project description

The research should connect with the research line of ‘Sustainable Global Economic Law’, focussing on two of the main challenges of the 21st century - high levels of inequality and climate change in their inextricable connection. The research aims to uncover the ways in which European private law, European public law, and public international law may together constitute the socio-economic reality that leads to climate change and high levels of inequality and asks whether and how law both contributes to underlying problems as well as how it can possibly be reformed or transformed in order to address them. A more detailed description of this overarching research line can be requested via email.

The PhD candidate will benefit from the faculty’s PhD programme, a vibrant PhD community, and committed research supervision by a team of experts in European private law, European public law, and public international law. The project will be embedded within the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), and the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL).

This PhD position will be based either at the Department of Private Law or the Department of Public International Law and European Law, depending on the subject of the proposal.

The position is first and foremost a research position; yet the candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in individually agreed teaching in the field connected to their research.

As our successful candidate you will:

  • carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD;
  • actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at the ACELG, ACIL and CSECL;
  • 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;
  • show the relevance of your research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results;
  • possibly contribute to teaching responsibilities in the field of your research. 


You should:

  • have a law degree, master’s level or equivalent;
  • be specialized in the field of European private law, European public law or public international law;
  • have a strong motivation to do PhD research;
  • be proficient in English;
  • have excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills;have an interest in, or potentially experience with methods of adjacent disciplines and their respective methods (i.e. history, philosophy, political economy, political science, etc.).      

Further information

To discuss the position informally, please contact:


If you are our successful candidate you will be offered an initial contract of one year. Upon positive evaluation of your performance the contract will be extended by 3 more years.

The envisaged starting date is in principle 1 September 2019. The actual starting date can be subject to negotiation.

The gross fulltime monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) ranging from €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month (fulltime equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus.

Job application

To apply please submit the following items (preferably in one file) in Word or PDF format

  • cover letter
  • CV;
  • contact details of 2 referees;
  • proof of your law degree(s), including grade transcripts.
  • a writing sample of a recently written, single authored manuscript (e.g., your master’s thesis or other work written during your degree) in English;
  • a research proposal indicating a project of independent research that the applicant wishes to pursue in form of a PhD project (no more than 2,000 words, including a research question, and methodology, excluding the preliminary bibliography).

You can apply online by clicking on the link below.

 The closing date for receipt of completed applications including the research proposal is 14 July 2019.

The interviews will take place on the 18 and 19 July 2019. #LI-DNP

No agencies please.


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