PhD candidate position on Nazi Looted Art

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 04 Apr 2021

PhD candidate position on Nazi Looted Art
PhD candidate position on Nazi Looted Art
Published Deadline Location
8 Feb 4 Apr Maastricht

Maastricht University is offering one paid fulltime PhD position.
Job description

The PhD researcher will perform research and write a thesis on the theme of reclaiming artwork looted by Nazis and their collaborators. Especially since the 1990s there is renewed attention to the question of artwork looted during the Nazi-period from countries with Nazi-governments. Many of the victims were Jews. In some countries a system of restitution was set up directly after World War II under which victims and their heirs could seek restitution of the artwork or claim financial compensation for the loss. These systems did not always work well. Some countries even refused or frustrated restitution. When in the 1990s it was appreciated that, due to various causes, the first post-war restitution systems did not always lead to the desired result, a number of countries set up restitution committees to hear restitution requests. Governments and museums should also collaborate in this endeavour by engaging in provenance research to see whether they possess looted art in their collections. At the same time many heirs start proceedings before US courts because in a growing number of cases US courts have jurisdiction to hear these cases. Under US law it is often easier than in European jurisdictions to reclaim looted art, unhindered by limitation periods and bona fide purchaser protection. Despite a growing body of literature in the field there is still a lot of research to be done. The research field is an intricate mix of private law, private international law, public international law, modern history and ethics. Interested candidates will be asked to suggest a theme within this large field of research, which should include a private law dimension.

The project

You will perform the research with the support of experts from the Maastricht Law Faculty, the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage, and with the support of experts from our art law network in which other universities and groups participate. You will be offered the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines, including art laywers from various jurisdictions, historians and art market specialists. You will be part of an exciting and vibrant community where researchers from different disciplines meet and form interdisciplinary teams that conduct academically and societally relevant research. You will be offered the opportunity to expand your horizon and gain insights on other fields of law and ethics. For this, you will be encouraged, coached, and allowed to attend courses and workshops that will add social and legal knowledge to your skillset.


Specifications
  • max. 38 hours per week
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Maastricht University (UM)


Requirements

Tasks are:

  • Perform scientific research by studying legal systems, their applications by courts and restitution committees in the past and present, and doing archival research;
  • Present the research results to a variety of stakeholders and target groups;
  • Write scientific papers for international peer-reviewed conferences and journals;
  • Present your work at international conferences;
  • Finalize the work in the form of a PhD thesis.

Supervision will be provided by individually assigned senior researchers. A small proportion (20%) of the appointment may be devoted to teaching activities. The majority of the work (80%) concerns conducting the research.

Matching Skills and Competencies

  • Master’s degree in Law.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication.
  • Fluency in other European languages than English, especially Dutch and/or German, is preferred.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We offer a 4 year (depending on the teaching activities) full-time appointment as PhD candidate.

  • 38 hours per week;
  • Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD candidates starting with a salary of €2.395, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours/week). An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided;
  • We offer a 4 year (depending on the teaching activities) full-time appointment as PhD candidate. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as, reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, selection model for designing a personalised benefits package, use of UM Sport facilities against reduced rate, and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad;
  • The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.
  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • We provide a stimulating, collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment with excellent opportunities for professional and personal development;
  • Maastricht University has an excellent international reputation, and Maastricht itself is a beautiful, open-minded city located in the center of Western Europe.
  • The appointment will be at the Maastricht Law Faculty.

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

 


Employer
Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Department

The Maastricht Law Faculty and the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage offer an exciting and vibrant community where scholars meet and form interdisciplinary teams that work at the intersection of law, art and history.

Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest university in the Netherlands, renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by its small scale and student-oriented approach to teaching. It has more than 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University offers the possibility of teaching and interacting with high-level graduate students and a pleasant, international working environment. Its research is carried out within the Faculty’s research programme Integration of and Interaction Between Legal Orders  (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/faculties/law/research/research-programme).


Additional information

Application Procedure

  • Applicants are requested to apply through AcademicTransfer only.
  • An application consists of:
  • academic transcript of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and list of grades;
  • proof of the English language level (e.g. being a native speaker, having completed a university degree in the English language or having passed a IELTS or TOEFL test; a IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing or an internet-based TOEFL score of 90 with no less than 23 in writing is sufficient);
  • a motivation letter;
  • a CV;
  • the master thesis or, if applicable, another substantial piece of English or Dutch writing.
    • Inquiries concerning this position can be directed to: dr. Lars van Vliet, Maastricht Law Faculty, l.vanvliet@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
    • Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.


    Application procedure

    Application Procedure

    • Applicants are requested to apply through AcademicTransfer only.
    • An application consists of:
  • academic transcript of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and list of grades;
  • proof of the English language level (e.g. being a native speaker, having completed a university degree in the English language or having passed a IELTS or TOEFL test; a IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing or an internet-based TOEFL score of 90 with no less than 23 in writing is sufficient);
  • a motivation letter;
  • a CV;
  • the master thesis or, if applicable, another substantial piece of English or Dutch writing.
    • Inquiries concerning this position can be directed to: dr. Lars van Vliet, Maastricht Law Faculty, l.vanvliet@maastrichtuniversity.nl.
    • You can send your application to the following email address: Pzfdrvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl

    • Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

     


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    Pzfdrvacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl

    Don't forget to mention AcademicTransfer and the job number: AT2021.44 in your letter.


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