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Assistant Professors on Law and Society and Law and Development

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2.0 (2 positions)
Geplaatst op
17 maart 2020
26 april 2020

Nog 21 dagen om te solliciteren

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) seeks applicants for two

Assistant Professors on Law and Society and Law and Development

Key responsibilities

  • Teaching and developing socio-legal courses in VVI’s academic domain of law and society / law and development. This could include courses such as Law, Governance and Development, Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies,  Law and Culture, Law, Sharia and Governance, Making Human Rights Work, and Qualitative Methodology. for the bachelors and masters programmes of Leiden Law School and Leiden University College;
  • Developing research and conducting research in VVI’s academic domain;
  • Cooperating in the acquisition and management of research and teaching projects.

Selection criteria

  • Relevant Masters degree in Law, and/or Social Sciences, and/or Humanities;
  • PhD degree directly relevant to VVI’s academic domain and approach;
  • Teaching experience; proven record as good, inspiring teacher;
  • Experience with developing new teaching modules;
  • Experience with socio-legal research on the national and local level in the Global South and/or the Global North;
  • Good publication record commensurate with career stage;
  • Good language skills, including an excellent command of English. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage;
  • Team player with strong proven organizational skills, and relevant networks;
  • Willingness to travel.

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. For more information, see the website.

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) is part of Leiden Law School. VVI seeks to advance knowledge of the formation and functioning of legal systems in their social contexts, the impact of these systems on society and vice versa, their effectiveness in governance, and their contribution to development.

The Institute adopts a socio-legal and global approach, doing research on law in the books and law in action in Asia (notably Indonesia, China), Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. VVI staff teaches several socio-legal thematic and regional courses at bachelor and master level for both Dutch and foreign students. In addition, VVI provides PhD supervision, advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners.

In September 2020 VVI will start with a unique, one-year, English-taught Master programme that focuses on the social-scientific study of law and society. The development of this Master is a response to the growing societal demand for an empirical approach to law. Due to the increased complexity of the world we are living in, an interdisciplinary perspective is frequently needed to understand and address societal problems. Nowadays, university graduates are expected to approach complex societal issues from different perspectives and to connect these perspectives when trying to resolve them. The  is unique in its broad geographical scope (Global South and Global North) and its anthropological/sociological approach to law.

Terms and conditions
We offer a
 one year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from  3,637.- to  4,978.- gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 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 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.


For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Pauline Vincenten, e-mail p.vincenten@law.leidenuniv.nl. More Information about the Van Vollenhoven Institute can be found at our webpage.

Please submit online your application in English addressed to Adriaan Bedner no later than 26 April 2020 via the blue button of our application system, including:

  • A cv including education and employment history, publications and courses taught;
  • A letter of motivation;
  • A writing sample, representing recent work, of no more than 10.000 words;
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Interviews for this position will probably be held on 13 May 2020.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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