Postdoctoral Researcher "Dispute Settlement"

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a research centre for international and European law. Its mission is to contribute to the development of international and European law by conducting independent fundamental research, policy-oriented research, and applied legal research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events with a view to disseminating knowledge of international and European law. The institute is dedicated to building a strong research community and creating an environment that facilitates critical-constructive reflection.

The institute is seeking to fulfil the vacancy of a:


Full-time (38 hours per week)

to strengthen research capacity in the research strand on Adequate Dispute Settlement and Adjudication in international and European Law’ within Asser’s Research Agenda ‘International & European Law as a Source of Trust in a Hyper-connected world’.

As an early-career researcher you are expected:

  • to develop and execute high-level research projects independently, with a focus on trustworthy international institutions;

  • to publish in top-rated international journals;

  • to participate in international seminars and conferences;

  • to coordinate, develop and execute research projects in collaboration with other Asser researchers;

  • to have an active interest in other work in the research group and enjoy contributing to the Asser research community;

  • to contribute to Asser’s knowledge dissemination activities;

  • to initiate, contribute to, and participate in ‘third stream money’ funded research projects and their acquisition.

Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • a completed PhD in Public International Law, preferably with a link to Dispute Settlement and Adjudication (manuscript approved and PhD Defence date set by the deadline for applications);

  • a LL.M in Public International law;

  • a demonstrated track record of academic publications;

  • a methodological interest in thinking critically about the trustworthiness of dispute settlement practices in international law (with emphasis on adjudication and arbitration);

  • the ability to apply critical insights constructively;

  • enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating and motivating research community;

  • a strong and relevant international network;

  • an interest in the (trustworthiness of) medias and technologies mobilised in international dispute settlement today;

  • fluency in both Dutch and English;

  • demonstrable organisational and communicative skills;

  • willingness to compete to obtain external funding for research projects;

  • the ability to network efficiently and use social media effectively;

  • the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines;

  • quality-oriented, conscientious, cooperative and creative, result-orientated;

  • professional advocacy or other relevant institutional experience is a plus.

Salary scale: 11 according to the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities (VSNU). Remuneration depends on the actual level of education, experience and knowledge with a maximum of € 4,691 gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

This appointment will be initially for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year.  

To apply, please send your CV, a letter of motivation, a written piece of max. 25 pages (e.g. a published paper), two letters of recommendation in pdf, and a short research proposal (2000 words max), which sets out questions you would like to investigate in the context of our research framework. Locate these in the relevant literature and indicate the method you intend to use to answer the research questions indicated.

Your application must be submitted in English and in MS-Word and send to the academic director, Prof. dr Janne Nijman (, mentioning “Vacancy Postdoctoral Researcher Dispute Settlement”. Applications not comprising all of the above will not be considered.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 May 2017 at 13:00 CET. The successful candidate will start on 1 August 2017.

For further information, please contact Dr Geoff Gordon, coordinator of the Research Strand ‘Adequate Dispute Settlement and Adjudication in International and European Law’, and Prof. dr Janne Nijman, academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

Acquisition for this job offer is not appreciated.