Vacature: Hoogleraar rechtssociologie Amsterdam / Vacancy: Full Professor Law and Society Amsterdam

Chair in Law and Society

Amsterdam Law School

15 december 2017
€5,334 to €9,375 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
15 januari 2018
30 to 38 hours per week

With over 3,700 students and 400 staff members, the Amsterdam Law School is one of the larger law schools in the Netherlands. It is ranked 23 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law. Apart from a bachelor programme in Dutch law, it offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor program in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics. It also offers a wide range of LL.M programmes, including Public Law, Private Law, International and European Law, Labour Law, Information Law, and Tax Law. The Amsterdam Law School has a strong international research profile, with internationally recognised research centres in European contract law, European law and governance, public international law, and information law.

The Department of Jurisprudence is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of legal history, legal philosophy, legal sociology, and introduction to law. The department presently has three chairs: in Jurisprudence with a Focus on the History of Legal Thought, in the institutional foundations of law in Europe from a historical perspective, and in Adjudication from a Legal Philosophical Perspective. The chair in Law and Society will be newly established. Apart from these chairs, the faculty of the Department of Jurisprudence consists of 3 Associate Professors, 6 Assistant Professors and 1 Lecturer.

The Department of Jurisprudence has its own research centre, the Paul Scholten Centre for Jurisprudence (PSC), which combines research in the fields of legal philosophy, legal history and legal sociology. The research of the PSC focuses on the rule of law and, more specifically, on contemporary challenges to the rule of law, including privatization, globalization, and instrumental approaches to law. The PSC participates in Law and Justice Across Borders, an interdisciplinary project that studies and critically evaluates the role of law in processes of Europeanization and globalization, in collaboration with several other research centres.

The chair in Law and Society will be responsible for research and education in the field of law and society. The chair will be expected to share responsibility for managing the Department of Jurisprudence with the chair in Jurisprudence with a Focus on the History of Legal Thought, who is currently the head of the Department.

Job description

The chair will be responsible for teaching and research in the field of law and society – a dynamic, multidisciplinary field of research that draws from the social and behavioural sciences, including sociology, anthropology, psychology, and public administration. It seeks to understand the effects of law in society, and the ways in which societal developments inform processes of legislation, regulation and adjudication. More particularly, the field of Law and Society seeks to understand how legal rules and institutions shape individual, social and organizational conduct. It can also extend to seeking to understand the symbolic functions of law and the various ways in which social norms and behavioural patterns are expressed in legal institutions, rules and interpretation. It thus focuses primarily on empirical approaches to law, analysing the effects of law on behaviour, and may also cover the functions of law in society.

The chair will be responsible for the course Law and Behaviour; a mandatory course in the first year of the bachelor program (with ca. 600-650 students annually). The chair is also expected to teach one or more other courses in the bachelor programme, for instance, Introduction to Law or Scientific Research. The chair holder may also take the initiative for developing new courses in the field of law and society and empirical approaches to law. The chair can also be involved in initiatives for experiential and clinical education at the Law School, and in the PPLE programme.

The chair will conduct and supervise research in the field of law and society, collaborating with scholars at the Faculties of Law, Economics and Business and the Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair should therefore be an interdisciplinary scholar with proven ability both to converse with legal scholars and researchers from other disciplines and to integrate empirical insights with legal analysis. More particularly, the chair is expected to strengthen the empirical research conducted at the Paul Scholten Centre and the project on Law and Justice across Borders. The chair will contribute to the Faculty’s international research profile by publishing in leading international journals and by being a visible presence in the international debate on law and society. Moreover, he/she will be expected to develop applications for research funding (in particular, in the funding programs of the EU and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)) and to actively contribute to expanding research in the field of law and society.


The chair-holding professor has:

  • a PhD that broadly fits within the field of law and society;
  • a graduate degree in law or in the social sciences with a proven track record in legal research;
  • experience in and commitment towards teaching and student supervision, specifically in the field of law and society;
  • proven ability to engage in cutting edge research, including in interdisciplinary research, in the field of law and society;
  • proven ability to engage in empirical research (qualitative and/ or quantitative);
  • a track record of publications in top international journals;
  • high potential for the acquisition of external research funds;
  • contacts necessary to initiate national and international partnerships demonstrable, for instance, through editorships  or organizational  leadership positions;
  • academic leadership experience and a willingness to perform administrative, organisational and managerial tasks;
  • the ability to lead and motivate a team of researchers and/or lecturers;
  • the ability to communicate in Dutch or to acquire a working knowledge of the Dutch language within the first two years of the appointment.

Further information

Additional information about the vacancy may be obtained from:


In principle we offer a permanent position for 0.8 – 1.0 FTE, but depending on qualifications a temporary appointment followed by tenure may be offered.

The salary is in accordance with the salary scales for professors at Dutch universities, scale H1, H2 (Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities) ) ranging from €5,334 to €9,375 gross per month (full-time equivalent) before tax, depending on expertise and previous experience. Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year allowance.

Job application

To apply, please submit the following items (preferably in one file) in Word or PDF format electronically to attn. selection committee:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation;
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications;
  • the names and contact details of two referees.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January 2018.

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