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Assistant Professor of Law & Society (0,8 - 1,0 fte)

Vacancy number
22-527 12489
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
23 August 2022
Closing date
22 September 2022 Vacancy closed

Leiden Law School, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society is looking for an 

Assistant Professor of Law & Society (0,8 - 1,0 fte)
Vacancy number 22-527

As an Assistant Professor of Sociology of Law, you have a broad interest in the field of sociology of law/law & society/legal anthropology. You will provide sociological education in both Dutch and English at bachelor's and/or master's level to (honours) students of criminology, students of law and sociology of law at Leiden University, as well as to students of Leiden University College in The Hague. You will also act as supervisor of (bachelor and/or master's) theses and as a mentor for a group of students of the Master's in Law & Society. Furthermore, your research must fit in with the University-wide and interdisciplinary research programme Social Citizenship & Migration (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-citizenship-and-migration ) and have a strong socio-legal and/or legal anthropological signature in terms of methods and theoretical approach. You therefore have experience in conducting empirical research using qualitative research methods.

Key responsibilities


  • Teaching courses both in English and in Dutch to (honours) Bachelor and Master students of Leiden Law School and Leiden University College in the broad field of Law & Society and Methods of Socio-Legal Research;
  • Coordinating and developing existing and new courses;
  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses;
  • Supervision of a mentee group (master students enrolled in the Master Law & Society);
  • Co-supervision of PhD students.


  • Developing a research line on one of the following themes: Migration and Terrorism and/or The Instrumentalization of Migration;
  • Publishing in professional and (international, peer-reviewed) scientific journals;
  • Preparing papers for and presenting at international conferences;
  •  Initiating and coordinating the submission of research proposals;
  • Organizing events in the areas of Law & Society and Social Citizenship and Migration;
  • Actively participate in the research programme Social Citizenship & Migration, https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-citizenship-and-migration;
  • Actively contribute to administrative tasks and participate in administrative bodies within the Institute and the Law School at large (i.e. Board of Examiners, the Programme Committee, Diversity Committee, etc.).

Your profile
The department is looking for a motivated and proactive candidate who can function well both individually and as part of a team.

  • You have completed an academic Master's degree in Law or Criminology or you have completed an academic Master's degree in one of the other social sciences, but with clearly demonstrable knowledge and expertise in law;
  • You have experience with teaching bachelor's and/or master's courses and your didactic qualities are reflected through good teaching evaluations;
  • You have a broad general knowledge of the field(s) of sociology of law/law & society/legal anthropology and demonstrable knowledge and expertise on the theme of migration, borders and/or citizenship. Candidates with additional knowledge on the topic of counter-terrorism are also warmly encouraged to apply;
  • You have an excellent command of the Dutch language (or are willing to actively work on improving your command of the Dutch language) and a good knowledge of the English language in word and writing;
  • You are in possession of the Basic Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate or are prepared to obtain it within two years.

Our organisation
Leiden Law School is located in Leiden and The Hague. With more than 6500 students and around 1000 staff, it is one of the largest university faculties in the Netherlands. The faculty focuses on innovative multidisciplinary research and educational programmes that are constantly renewed in response to issues in society. Our faculty is large enough to make a difference nationally and internationally, yet small enough to offer personalised education. This is how we contribute to a safe and sustainable world, each and every day. For more information:
 Leiden Law School - Leiden University.

The Van Vollenhoven Institute
The Van Vollenhoven Institute is a medium-sized department with a strong sense of community, where colleagues know how to find each other both within and outside the context of the work. The employees are young and dynamic and have a national and international profile. The department provides Dutch-language education in the Bachelor's degree programs in Law and Criminology, in the form of the compulsory Sociology of Law course in the second year of the Criminology/Elective Law course. In addition, English-language education is provided at Leiden University College in The Hague and we have our own minor in Law & Development and our own Master's program in Law & Society. Finally, there is a wide range of (largely but not exclusively English-taught) electives and honors college Law courses.

The research of the Van Vollenhoven Institute is diverse in terms of themes, with specific clusters around themes such as land rights, access to justice, (crim)migration, racial profiling, etc. The research within the department is also characterized by a rich geographical spread, in which researchers conduct research in the Global South (e.g. Africa, Indonesia, Mexico) and in the Global North (e.g. Europe and North America). All our research is empirical and large based on qualitative research methods, with a central focus on studying the law in action and in relation with society. Special attention is paid to issues of diversity and (legal) inequality.

Terms and conditions
We offer an – initial – one-year (12 months) position for Assistant Professor with the possibility of turning into a permanent position after this initial period.

Salary range from € 2960.- to € 5439.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10 or 11), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

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 at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. 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.

Within our policy framework on quality, almost all academic staff at the Faculty of Law have obtained a PhD degree and have met the requirements for the advanced research qualification. In addition, they make a significant contribution to the faculty research program. More information on the advanced research qualification and research programs of the Graduate School of Legal Studies can be found on: law.leiden.edu/research-leiden-law-school/graduate-school-of-legal-studies.html.

Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Further information about this vacancy can be requested by sending an email to Professor Maartje van der Woude
 (she/her), Professor of Law and Society at the Van Vollenhoven Institute (m.a.h.vanderwoude@law.leidenuniv.nl )

More information about the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Law and the Van Vollenhoven Institute can be found here: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-for-the-interdisciplinary-study-of-the-law/van-vollenhoven-institute

Please submit online your application
 no later than 09/22/2022 via the blue button in our application system.
You can address your application to Prof. Maartje van der Woude.
Please attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation in which you describe how your skills and expertise match the job requirements;
  • A one-page research memo in which you explore one of the two following themes: “Terrorism & Migration” or “Instrumentalization of Migration”; 
  • CV;
  • Copies of your academic certificates;
  • Your dissertation and/or examples of published articles;
  • Names and contact details (e-mail addresses) of three academic references – including your PhD supervisor(s) - that know you and your work well.  

Please note that the interview round will take place in the week of October 5th, 2022.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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