Researcher in EU Law with a focus on climate change/sustainability

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is an internationally renowned research institute in the fields of international law and European law based in The Hague. The institute is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.

Our values
The Asser community is a public-spirited community that is committed to excellence, integrity, inclusivity, and public values.

Our Vision
We envision a world in which local, national and transnational public interests are protected and promoted by international and European public and private law. This is supported by critical reflection conducive to perspectives for action to confront our global challenges.

Our Mission
The Asser Institute aims to contribute to the development of international and European public and private law by independently conducting fundamental, policy-oriented and applied legal research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events that aim to disseminate knowledge of international and European law.

The institute invites applications for a:

Researcher in EU Law with a focus on Climate Change/Sustainability
Full-time (38 hours per week)

available from 1st September 2022 to strengthen research capacity in our research strand on ‘Transnational public interests: constituting public interest beyond and below the state’ within our Research Agenda ‘Rethinking public interests in international and European law’.

As an early-career researcher you are expected to: 

  • develop and execute high-level research projects independently;
  • develop and execute advanced educational programmes;
  • publish in top international journals;
  • participate in international seminars and conferences;
  • coordinate development and execution of research projects in collaboration with other Asser Institute researchers;
  • actively contribute to the Asser Institute’s research community;
  • actively contribute to Asser Institute knowledge dissemination activities;
  • contribute to ‘third stream money’ funded research projects and their acquisition.

Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • a completed PhD in European law or a closely related field/discipline awarded by the deadline for applications;
  • a specific interest in questions related to environmental protection, climate change, and/or sustainable development;
  • a specific interest in the role of private actors in pursuing public interests transnationally;
  • a demonstrated track record of academic publications;
  • enthusiasm about contributing to a stimulating and motivating research community;
  • strong and relevant international network;
  • fluency in English; an excellent command of English, both verbal and written. Knowledge of Dutch is an advantage, a willingness to acquire such knowledge is expected.
  • demonstrable organisational and communicative skills;
  • willing to compete to attract external funding for research projects;
  • be able to network efficiently and use social media effectively;
  • be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;


  • This appointment will be for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year.
  • 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 € 5.230 gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end of year bonus.


Please send your current CV, a cover letter in which you explain your 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 linked to the particular research-strand mentioned (Transnational public interests), locates these in the relevant literature and indicates the method you intend to use to answer the research questions indicated. All supplied documents should be in English and must be submitted to

Further information can be obtained from Dr Antoine Duval, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (e-mail: a.duval 

The deadline for the application is 22 May 2022 at 23:59 hrs.