Universiteit Leiden

nl en

Vacancy Professor Air and Space Law

The section Air & Space Law of the institute of Public Law of the Leiden Law School is looking for a

Professor Air and Space Law

Key responsibilities 
The Chair in Air and Space Law is tasked with teaching and research in a very dynamic field of law which is increasingly influenced by other fields of law, including but not limited to public international law, international trade law, European law, civil and criminal law, competition law, the law on asset financing, environmental law and labour law. Policy, and innovative technical developments must also be taken into account when teaching and researching air and space law. The new Chair is expected to intensively cooperate with other members of the academic staff of the Leiden Law School, especially those who are specialized in these adjacent fields. The Chair and the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) are part of the Institute of Public Law. The teaching activities of the chair concern:

  • An optional course in the third year of the bachelor’s degree;
  • Advanced LLM courses;
  • Supervision of PhD theses.

In addition, research is conducted under the Leiden Law Faculty programmes, and notably the research programme ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law’.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree in the field of air and/or space law, or public international law;
  • Made significant peer reviewed publications in this area;
  • Internationally recognised and outstanding expert in the field of air and space law;
  • Convincingly proof of the most qualified teaching skills;
  • Evidence of managerial qualities in light of the mentioned activities and the worldwide network of the IIASL;
  • Capable of attracting financial resources for the continued successful performance of the activities of the Chair and the IIASL;
  • Capable of inspiring and directing the team which is currently assisting the Chair in carrying out his activities;
  • A minimum of five years of experience working in the field air and/or space law, or public international law;
  • Willing to travel frequently and to participate in and represent the IIASL in national and international events and conferences;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience;
  • Able to perform professionally in English; skills in at least one additional language are highly desirable;
  • Proficient in general computer skills and experience with electronic collaboration tools;
  • Willing to learn Dutch.

Our organisation
With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment.

The Leiden Law School has since long established a Chair in International Air and Space Law, which is one of the very few in this area of law. The Chair in Air Law was established in 1947, whereas Space Law was added in 1961. In addition, the Law Faculty created IIASL in 1985 in order to support the chair with teaching, research and other academic activities such as the organisation of conferences, moot courts and participation in foreign academic activities. The activities carried out by the Chair and the IIASL enjoy an outstanding reputation worldwide.

Terms and conditions
We offer a five year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 5582.- to € 8127.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale HL2, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). The successful candidate will be requested to start his or her activities not later than 1 September 2020.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information at our website.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Tanja Masson-Zwaan, email t.l.masson@law.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 646194540. Such requests will be handled with the highest degree of confidentiality.

Please submit online your application no later than 15 April 2020 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

This website uses cookies.  More information.