PhD Position in International Criminal Law

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Vacancy number 13094

The Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an organization with over 300 employees and 3.000 students. The faculty offers various courses in Dutch Law, Notarial Law and Criminology.

The Faculty has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD-project on the interaction between national and international criminal law in the field of substantive international criminal law. The project aims to conduct systematic and comparative research into international criminal law as applied by national courts and into liability theories developed by international courts with the ultimate purpose of drawing up (i) guidelines that can inform national judges to what extent they need to adopt an ‘internationalist approach’ when adjudicating international crimes and (ii) to contribute towards the development of a body of ‘harmonized’ substantive international criminal law. The research will be part of the project ‘Dealing with Divergence – national adjudication of international crimes. ‘This project is funded by a VIDI research award from the Netherlands Scientific Organisation, the NWO.

The candidates will be required to engage in research leading to publications in academic journals and a PhD degree.

The candidates should have a degree in law, preferably in international criminal law by way of a masters degree/LL.M. The candidates’ academic record should evidence research ability and interest in comparative criminal law.

Further particulars
The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Criminal Law within the department of Criminal Law & Criminology of the Faculty of Law. The initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment it will be extended for a total duration of 3 years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:

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  • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport.

The gross monthly salary is € 2.427,- per month in the first year up to € 2.664,- gross per month in the third year (salary scale 85), based on a full-time employment.

For more information you can contact: Prof. Dr. E. van Sliedregt, project leader, phone number +31 (0)20 5982994, e-mail: 

Send your application and CV before May 13, 2013 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
Attn. Mr. M.J.J. van Raaphorst, Managing Director
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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