Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Rights Law/International (Criminal) Law (Project Rethinking SLIC*)

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Deadline: 21 Nov 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Rights Law/International (Criminal) Law (Project Rethinking SLIC*)
Postdoctoral Researcher in Human Rights Law/International (Criminal) Law (Project Rethinking SLIC*)
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 21 Nov Amsterdam

Job description
You will join RethinkingSLIC* for one year of the project. Your tasks will be:
  • Assisting in the finalization of the work of the Expert Group. To that end you will function as the managing editor of the final publication and will also contribute to research in progress to finalize the results of the Expert Group. This will consist of ensuring successful completion of the Expert Group's work, the elaboration of principles and their presentation at the closing conference in the final year of the project.
  • Conducting independent research on secondary liability, including publication of a peer-reviewed article on issues of secondary liability for international crimes.
  • Participating in and contributing to the project's activities, such as presenting research at regular project-meetings, writing blogs for the website and organising/presenting at feedback & information seminars.

  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Amsterdam View on Google Maps

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements.
  • A PhD in law, preferably in human rights law, international law, or international criminal law
  • an interest in researching secondary liability and human rights issues;
  • demonstrated qualitative, and quantitative research skills;
  • experience or interest in contributing to the relevant policy debates;
  • fluency in English;
  • organizational and communicative skills;
  • creative, critical, out-of-the-box thinking;
  • independence, reliability, autonomy;
  • willingness to work in Amsterdam.

Conditions of employment
We offer you:
  • An internationally competitive salary, funds for conducting research, and funds for conference travel and professional literature;
  • a 1-year contract;
  • an international, interdisciplinary, inspiring and challenging intellectual environment;
  • modern facilities;
  • an opportunity to participate in Dutch and international academic and policy networks, dialogues, cooperation;
  • an opportunity to shape international policy;
  • autonomy, independence, respect.
We offer an employment contract of 1 year. The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for Assistant professors at Dutch universities, scale 11 (Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities ) ranging from €3,974 to €5.439 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
About us
Committed, responsible and open-minded. This is how we at the Amsterdam Law School view the role of law in a constantly changing (international) society. With over 5,000 students and 550 staff, we are one of the larger law faculties in the Netherlands. We educate legal professionals who know how to apply the law effectively with the aim of actually contributing to solutions for society. We respond to social developments through innovative and pioneering research. In this way, we always keep in touch with society.
Amsterdam Law School
Rethinking SLIC* is a NWO-funded research project led by Professor Göran Sluiter. For more information see The aim of the project is to assess whether the existing laws and practices on secondary liability are adequate in light of the generally recognized importance to end and prevent serious human rights violations. The project started in September 2018 and will run for a total period of 6 years, until September 2024.The Rethinking SLIC* research group consists at present of a Principal Investigator, three PhD candidates, two student-assistants and an Expert Group on Secondary Liability for International Crimes. The PhD projects are analyzing the current state of secondary liability in cases of serious human rights violations in civil law, criminal law and state responsibility. Based on a uniform methodology, thorough research, and comprehensive evaluation, the Expert Group produce a set of principles of secondary liability. The Expert Group currently consists of around 40 international academics and practitioners, divided into five working groups: Theoretical foundations of secondary liability; Human rights law and secondary liability; Secondary liability and actus reus; Secondary liability and mens rea; Secondary liability and due diligence.
The Expert Group had its first meeting in January 2020 and a second meeting in June 2022. The Principles of Secondary Liability on Secondary Liability will be presented at a final conference, early 2024. The Principles of Secondary Liability will be published open access, accompanied by a detailed commentary and analysis.
Additional information
For more information please contact: Professor Göran Sluiter;
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The application has to be submitted electronically in the online recruitment system. Please submit the following items (preferably in one file) in Word or PDF format:
  • a cover letter, explaining your motivation to apply for this position;
  • a CV, including a list of publications;
  • contact details of 2 referees;
  • proof of your PhD and other relevant degree(s);
  • a writing sample of a recently written, single authored manuscript in English of no more than 50 pages (this may also include a chapter of the PHD thesis).
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