Researcher in Private International Law

The Asser Institute is a research centre for international and European law in The Hague. 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 invites applications for a:

Researcher in Private International Law

Full-time (38 hours per week)

Preferably available from 1 November 2018 to strengthen our research capacity in the area of private international law, working within our Research Strand on adequate dispute settlement, and in the context of our Strategic Research Agenda (


As a researcher you are expected to:

  • conduct research on Brussels I bis regulation as part of a DG JUST research project;
  • publish in the top international journals;
  • participate in international seminars and conferences;
  • coordinate, develop and execute research projects in collaboration with other Asser researchers;
  • have an active interest in other work in the research group and enjoy contributing to the Asser research community;
  • contribute to Asser’s knowledge dissemination activities;
  • contribute to Asser’s collaboration with other IPR-knowledge centres, particularly the Internationaal Juridisch Instituut;
  • initiate, contribute to, and participate in ‘third stream money’ funded research projects and their acquisition.

The following criteria will be taken into account:

  • a completed PhD in private international law, plus post-doctoral research experience;
  • all-round knowledge of private international law, with a focus on (European) procedural law and international commercial law;
  • a track record of academic publications;
  • experience in bringing private international law expertise to a broader (public and/or practice oriented) audience is an advantage;
  • a strong and relevant international network;
  • enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating research community;
  • demonstrable organisational and communications skills;
  • willingness to compete to attract external funding for research projects;
  • fluency in Dutch, preferably native;
  • fluency in English;
  • professional advocacy or other relevant professional experience is a plus. 


  • This appointment will be originally for the period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year.
  • UFO Salary scale: 10-11 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 € 4,852.- 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.

Please submit (a) your current CV; (b) a letter of motivation, including a brief description of the sort of research you would be interested to pursue at Asser (with some indication of subject, context, method, etc) in the context of the Asser Strategic Research Agenda and in addition to the research within the DG JUST Project; (c) a sample work of maximum 25 pages (e.g. a published paper); and (d) two letters of recommendation in pdf.

Further information can be obtained from Prof. dr Janne Nijman, Academic Director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (e-mail:

Your application must be submitted in English to Ms. Annelies Verkerk ( Applications not comprising all of the above will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted before 7 September 2018.