PhD Researcher in ‘Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution’ (1.0 fte)

PhD Researcher in ‘Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution’ (1.0 fte)

Job description

The PhD position will be embedded in the research focal point on judicial administration and conflict resolution of Utrecht University’s School of Law and Montaigne Centre. The main research question we aim to answer is: What forms of conflict resolution are appropriate in today’s changing society and how should the relevant procedures be designed in order to achieve a good balance between efficiency, certainty and justice? Our researchers try to answer this question by focusing on national, European and international procedures and institutions in judicial administration, from conflict resolution in concrete cases at a micro level to judicial administration in a fast-changing world at a macro level. The research field, however, is not limited to law and, aiming to transcend the traditional legal disciplines, we frequently apply social science research methods and conduct qualitative and quantitative empirical legal research. Recent and current research projects include procedural justice, unity and the diversity of law in the European Union, the Europeanisation of justice, judgecraft, courts and democracy and transitional justice. The PhD position will be connected to one of these projects, but we are very much looking forward to bright and fresh ideas by young talented jurists, taking the state of the art of research in this area to new levels, opening up innovative perspectives. Therefore, we invite applicants to submit a sound research proposal which explains why particular research in this field is necessary and should be conducted.
We seek a highly motivated candidate with:

  • an LLM degree, with excellent results;
  • strong motivation for PhD research in this area;
  • profound knowledge of law with a particular focus on judicial administration and conflict resolution;
  • experience in conducting qualitative and/or quantitative empirical legal research is an advantage.

You should be proficient in English, have excellent scientific writing, planning and communication skills, and be an enthusiastic team player. Knowledge of Dutch is strongly recommended. The position may also involve a limited number of teaching obligations.

We offer a PhD position with a gross monthly salary starting at € 2,083 in the first year to € 2,664 in the fourth year of employment. The successful candidate will be offered an initial contract as a PhD student for 18 months. Upon a positive evaluation of the PhD student’s performance the contract will be extended by a further 2.5 years. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year and flexible employment conditions. The conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.

The starting date will be 1 September, 2014. The PhD researcher will be based at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University.

About the organisation
Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding answers to topical and future societal issues.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University has some 4000 students and 500 employees. The faculty is housed in several historical buildings in the centre of the city of Utrecht. Thanks to a broad range of departments, renowned research institutes and an outstandingly equipped library, the organisation is an active part of society.

The Montaigne Centre combines multidimensional expertise in the field of judicial administration and conflict resolution.

Additional information
Questions about the vacancy can be addressed to Dr. Herman van Harten, +31 30 253 3293 or
Applications, including a letter of motivation for conducting PhD research in this area, an elaborated research proposal of max. 2 A4 pages, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information of two referees should be submitted via the Utrecht University website. You can apply by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Applications can be sent in Dutch or English.
The interviews will be held in week 23 (2 – 6 June, 2014).

The application deadline is
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