Research Assistant (Part Time)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024

Apply now

The H2OLAW Project hosted by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies has a vacancy for a:

Research Assistant (Part Time)
Vacancy number: 14561

Key responsibilities

  • To conduct research, writing and editing tasks as required for the H2OLAW Project, which is led by Dr Hilde Woker and Dr Jason Rudall;
  • To collaborate with H2OLAW team members to ensure the smooth execution of all project-related activities;
  • To assist with the organisation of events related to the H2OLAW Project;
  • To perform administrative tasks as required for the efficient functioning of the H2OLAW Project and to ensure project deliverables;
  • To assist in a collegial way with any other research or work of the project leaders.

Your profile

  • Excellent command of English;
  • Has successfully obtained or is presently enrolled in a post-graduate degree in public international law;
  • Demonstrated research, writing and editing skills;
  • A strong sense of initiative and proven organisational as well as time-management skills;
  • Dedication and commitment to the objectives of the H2OLAW Project as well as those of the Grotius Centre;
  • An ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team.

The H2OLAW Project
Both the law of the sea and fresh water law are characterised by important law-science interfaces. For example, scientific information is critical to determining thresholds of environmental harm and managing the equitable division of resources. Legal frameworks must respond to new scientific and technological developments in order to remain just and relevant. In practice, however, the encounter between these two fields presents many challenges given the apparently incommensurable characteristics of law and science.

Although both the law of the sea and fresh water law regulate the use and protection of water bodies, and whose law-science interfaces have regularly faced analogous challenges, they are rarely analysed or researched together. H2OLAW aims to explore the synergies, common and intersecting environmental challenges at the law-science interface of these two fields. Examples of cross-cutting issues are pollution, climate change, and the protection of biodiversity. The purpose of this project is not to research law-science interfaces in these two fields discretely, as has traditionally been the case, but rather to approach the research questions from the point of view of a legal framework applicable to water, be that salt or fresh water, recognising in turn the conceptually, environmentally and biologically integrated nature of these resources.

Leiden Law School
With over 5,000 students and 650 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in The Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted and high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people, and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment.

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden Law School (‘the Centre’) is a leading academic institution in the field of international law, which is focused on high-level research, education and training in public international law and global justice. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, the oldest University in The Netherlands. It is one Centre in two cities, with homes in Leiden and The Hague. It hosts several international research projects, leading scientific journals (e.g., Leiden Journal of International Law), a regular and two advanced LLM programmes, the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, as well as high-quality training courses, Summer Schools, lectures series, seminars and conferences.

Research within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is part of the Research Programme ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law’.

What we offer
Candidates will be appointed as a Teaching and Research Assistant 3 for a period of 6 Months and the position is part-time (0.5 FTE). The salary will be in accordance with scale 8 of the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities.

The principal place of work is Leiden.

The intended starting date is 1 May 2024.

Information on Leiden University employment conditions: .

Enquires specific to this opportunity can be made to Dr Hilde Woker ([email protected] ) and Dr Jason Rudall ([email protected] ).

Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2024 via the blue button of our application system. Applicants should submit a CV and motivation letter in English.

The selection procedure will take place in March 2024.

Apply now

Similar Positions