Vacature – PhD Candidate, Good Governance in International Child Transfer

Vacature – PhD Candidate, Good Governance in International Child Transfer, 0.8 fte

PhD Candidate, Good Governance in International Child Transfer, 0.8 fte


Specificaties – (uitleg)


Maastricht 6200 MD Limburg


PhD positions

Wetenschappelijke discipline



30,4 uren per week


€ 2083 – € 2542


University Graduate







The transfer of children away from their country of origin to satisfy demands of citizens of wealthier countries has come under increasing attention of law, policy, and academia, as children’s rights are under constant pressure. This project focusses on situations of international child transfer in which children are being moved from their country of habitual residence to another country in order to be raised within a new family. In this respect, two fields of law in particular develop specific rules to distinguish between lawful and unlawful practices of child transfer, namely international family law and criminal law. International family law determines rules concerning international adoption, surrogacy, international parenthood, and international child abduction. Criminal law allows prosecution of practitioners of illegal adoption, commercial surrogacy, and international child abduction. Both take their lead from fundamental assumptions concerning ‘the best interests of the child’. However, despite the existence of these rules under national and international law, unlawful practices continue to multiply. This has to do with political instabilities, economic pressures, and fundamental differences in kinship values and kinning practices between sending and receiving countries.

This project takes it lead from the hypothesis that suitable and effective legal rules can only be developed in full acknowledgement of the cultural, economic, and political factors that sustain the diverging interpretations of ‘childhood’ and ‘family’ concepts in sending and receiving countries. It therefore necessarily resorts to an interdisciplinary approach to the problem at hand which combines methods, concepts and perspectives from international and criminal law, cultural anthropology, and cultural studies.

The candidate will graduate in law.


Applicants are invited to submit a detailed research proposal which spells out the interdisciplinary aspects of the project, according to the format that can be found in the attachment: MACIMIDE application form MGSL.

From the description above it is apparent that the field is broad. Candidates are therefore invited to narrow down the topic of research in keeping with their own expertise, whilst maintaining its full interdisciplinary scope.

We seek a highly motivated and excellent candidate. The candidate must have acquired a master’s degree and should have demonstrable expertise in at least one of the following fields: International family law, Criminal Law, Cultural anthropology, Social Sciences Law and literature studies. He or she should have strong analytical capacities, excellent English writing skills, demonstrable affinity with working in an interdisciplinary environment, the ability to work independently, the capacity to work in a team. Finally, the candidate should be willing to relocate to (the vicinity of) Maastricht.

The PhD-candidate will be enrolled in a research school of the Faculty of Law and supervised by an interdisciplinary team of supervisors, consisting of: Dr. Susan Rutten, Prof. Lies Wesseling, Prof. André Klip, and Prof. Gerard-René de Groot.


The successful applicant will be appointed for a fixed-term period of 3 years. Continuation after the first year is dependent upon a positive evaluation.

The full-time PhD position has a gross monthly salary of € 2.083,00 in the first year, increasing to € 2.542,00 in the third year.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > staff > index and forms > HR from A-Z.

Date of appointment: 1 February 2014

Dienstverband: Temporary, 3 years


Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 15,000 students and 4,000 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law contains six departments:Private Law (Civil Law, Company and Business Law), Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative and Social Law), International and European Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Foundations and Methods of Law and Tax Law. Research is conducted within the inter-faculty research schools Ius Commune and Human Rights and in the faculty research institutes, one of them being the Maastricht Graduate School of Law.

The Maastricht Graduate School of Law offers PhD researchers and talented students research-, supervision- and education-facilities.

PhD researchers join the faculty department in the field linked to the theme of their research proposal.

Additionele informatie

Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development

The Executive Board and the Deans of Maastricht University have recently decided to give an extra financial boost to the interfaculty and interdisciplinary Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). As part of this new initiative, a number of PhD and Postdoc positions will be opening up in the second half of 2013 and first half of 2014 at the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT. This PhD project falls under the ‘Transnational Families’ theme of MACIMIDE.



MACIMIDE application form MGSL

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