Senior Researcher CT / ICL

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 engage in research in the areas of Counter Terrorism and International Criminal Law within our research strand on ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European law’ within our Research Agenda ‘International & European Law as a Source of Trust in a Hyper-connected World’ (

As a senior researcher you are expected to: 

  • develop and execute research projects independently;
  • 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, in particular be actively involved in CT related projects valorising knowledge to a broader (non-legal) audience;
  • 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 International Law, with a focus on counter-terrorism. The successful candidate should have general knowledge and understanding of the entire counter-terrorism field, from the preventive dimension to the repressive side, but the main focus should lie with the latter dimension and includes expertise on legal aspects such as (digital) evidence gathering, investigation and prosecution. In this context, knowledge of (the prosecution of) international crimes more generally (international criminal law) is required;
  • the successful candidate is able to interact in a culturally and politically sensitive environment and able to transform a set of “good practices” ( into a varied range of products that are (also) accessible to a broader (non-)legal audience;
  • experience in (multidisciplinary) research;
  • a demonstrated track record of high-level academic publications;
  • demonstrated experience in contributing to the relevant policy debates;
  • enthusiasm to contribute to a stimulating and motivating research community;
  • the ability to apply critical insights constructively;
  • a strong and relevant international network;
  • fluency in English. Knowledge of French, Arabic or Dutch is a distinct advantage;
  • demonstrable organisational and communicative skills;
  • willingness to compete to attract external funding for research projects;
  • the ability to network efficiently and use social media effectively;
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • quality-oriented, conscientious, cooperative and creative, result orientated.

Salary scale: 12 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 € 5,330 gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year allowance.

This appointment will be initially for a period of two years. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.  

To apply, please submit 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 and linked to the particular research strand mentioned. 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 Prof. Dr Janne Nijman, academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (, mentioning “Vacancy Senior Researcher CT ICL”. Applications not comprising all of the above will not be considered.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 February 2018, 13:00 CET. The successful candidate will start soonest thereafter.

For further information, please contact Dr Christophe Paulussen, senior researcher and coordinator of the Research Strand ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law’ (

Acquisition for this job offer is not appreciated.