Endowed Professor in Arms Control Law

The Amsterdam Law School and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut are recruiting an established and internationally recognised scholar in the field of arms control law.

The Chair will be placed within the research groups Law of Armed Conflict & Military Operations (LACMO) of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), and Human Rights and Human Dignity of the T.M.C. Asser Institute, under the leadership of Prof. Terry Gill, Professor of Military Law, and Prof. Janne Nijman, Professor History and Theory of International Law and academic director of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. Also attached to LACMO research group is the Chair of Law of Military Cyber Security and Cyber Operations of BGEN Prof. Paul Ducheine.

The place of employment is The Hague (T.M.C. Asser Instituut).

Job description

The Chair to be appointed will carry out research in the field of arms control law with a focus on weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear and chemical weapons with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention respectively, and in the field of CBRN security. It also involves the monitoring of arms control treaties and the implementation of the agreed arms control law obligations in domestic law.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chair will conduct specific research into current problems in the field of arms control law and make knowledge available in the area of expertise.

Further research tasks concern the acquisition and execution of research funding in the field of arms control law in the broadest sense.

In the field of education, the Chair will have the task of setting up and providing academic (English-language) education. This includes the Summercourse 'Disarmament and Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in a Changing World', which is organized annually in cooperation with the OPCW. The Chair will also contribute to executive programmes in the IHL/ICL field.

Within the limited appointment, limited managerial tasks will be performed in the research group. 

It is expected that the Chairholder will make every effort to obtain the necessary external research funding in order to ensure that the Chair can be continued independently after the initial period of five years has elapsed.


The prospective Chair must meet the following requirements:

  • a completed legal education and PhD;
  • the proven ability to conduct authoritative and innovative research on a theoretical and/or empirical level;
  • proven excellence in research in the field of arms control law through national and international publications;
  • proven competences to initiate, organise and carry out new research by identifying innovative research themes;
  • demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research;
  • proven ability to obtain grants by writing competitive proposals for external funding;
  • willingness to develop a promising research group in the field of arms control law in conjunction with related areas;
  • excellent didactic qualities, as evidenced, inter alia, by educational evaluations and qualifications;
  • proven ability to stimulate and supervise doctoral research;
  • experience in successfully linking research and education in the field of arms control law with professional practice;
  • national and international networks and contacts necessary to initiate relevant national and international partnerships;
  • strong leadership and interpersonal qualities;
  • demonstrable organisational and managerial qualities.

Our offer

The candidate will be employed at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut for 7,6 hours per week and for a period of five years.

What else do we offer?

The Chairholder will work at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague, which is funded through the UvA and with which the UvA will establish a new strategic relationship in 2020. This embedding will contribute to the close cooperation between the Chair and the Ministry, and will stimulate cooperation with international institutions in The Hague, in particular the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The Chair in Arms Control Law will be established initially for an initial period of five years, whereby financial support is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The intention is that the Chair will be able to finance itself after the initial period of five years by acquiring external funding resources, such as NWO, EU and NATO grants and contract research.

About the Faculty and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut

The Amsterdam Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master's programmes, several of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 4000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague 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.

Further information

For additional information about the vacancy please contact:

An extensive profile is available. Also in Dutch.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

If you recognise yourself in the profile and are interested in the position, we look forward to receiving:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarising your motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two referees.

Please send them to PO@asser.nl.

The response period closes 30 June 2020.

No agencies please