Job opening: Professor of Law, Governance and Development (2902)

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society has a vacancy for a

Professor of Law, Governance and Development (1.00 fte)  
Vacancy number 2902


Key responsibilities

The successful applicant is a scholar of international repute (F/M) with a clear overview of and insight into the role and functioning of law and legal systems in the Global South and how they interact with their societal context. She/he has ample experience with interdisciplinary research on the national and local level in the Global South and is familiar with development policies. Through case studies and country studies the chair group aggregates knowledge and contributes to developing theory on the role of law in its relation to governance and development. The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) has a strong reputation and research tradition in this field, combining legal and both qualitative and quantitative empirical research methods. The professor to be appointed will build upon this existing tradition as well as contribute to the further development of the VVI, which has recently broadened its scope from focusing solely on the Global South to also focusing on (Northern) Europe. The research of the chair group is embedded in one of the Law School’s faculty wide research programmes, entitled ‘Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World’.


The successful applicant will contribute to the teaching programme of the VVI through lecturing courses at the Leiden Law School and Leiden University College. She/he will actively be involved in the development of new teaching modules including a possible Masters programme ‘Law, Governance and Society’, and will furthermore contribute to the training of policymakers and academics in the Global South.


The professor to be appointed is an academic leader with strong organizational and communication skills. She/he chairs a group of around twenty persons – including PhD candidates – in close collaboration with the other members of the departmental management. She/he actively participates in (international) networks in academia, policy, and practice, including in the field of Rule of Law promotion. She/he will have a well-established track record in obtaining research funding and will start various initiatives to acquire new external (research) funding. The successful applicant has a firm and realistic ambition to further strengthen the position of the VVI within the University, in The Netherlands as well as abroad.


Selection Criteria

  • Ph.D. degree in Social Sciences and/or Law directly relevant to VVI’s academic domain and approach;
  • Excellent knowledge of and a clear vision on Law, Governance and Development as well as experience with empirical research into law and the functioning of legal institutions and actors in the Global South;
  • Broad vision on, and ambition to contribute to, the development of theory in the fields of law and development, and law and society/socio-legal studies;
  • Vision, leadership qualities and an academic entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Excellent publication record commensurate with career stage, including international publications in peer-reviewed journals and publications for a wider public;
  • Experience with Ph.D. and research supervision;
  • Experience with the acquisition of external research grants and the coaching of others in obtaining these grants;
  • Experience with the societal dissemination and utilization of research results;
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills;
  • Extensive experience and affinity with teaching and coordinating courses;
  • Active participation in several internationals networks in academia and practice;
  • Extensive language skills, including an excellent command of English. If the successful applicant is not Dutch-speaking, s/he is expected to acquire a good command of Dutch shortly;
  • 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, s/he must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.


Our Faculty/Institute

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 Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) is part of the Leiden Law School. The 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 (Northern) Europe. VVI staff teaches several socio-legal thematic and regional courses for both Dutch and foreign exchange students. In addition, VVI provides PhD supervision, advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners. Information about the Van Vollenhoven Institute can be found at
Terms and conditions

Initial period of employment in this position is for 5 years, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary is in accordance with the cao (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch universities) and is dependent on the candidate’s experience. Gross monthly salary is minimum € 5,260.- and maximum € 7,659.- (salary scale H2, on fulltime basis).


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. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to the Dean of the Leiden Law School, Prof. dr. Joanne van der Leun, email

If you have any enquiries about the procedure, please contact the General Secretary of the Van Vollenhoven Institute, drs. Dennis Janssen, email, telephone +31 71 527 7912.



To apply for this vacancy, please submit online your application in English no later than 26 June 2017 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).


The selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the weeks of 21 and 28 August. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

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