The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has awarded extra resources to Schools of Law in the Netherlands. The underlying plan – the Law Sector Plan – will be implemented in cooperation between all law faculties. Utrecht University’s School of Law is involved in two themes: Institutions for Conflict Resolution and Empirical Legal Studies.
The focus of the first theme lies on the role and development of institutions for conflict resolution in a changing society based on the rule of law. It focuses on compensatory systems and law enforcement. The second theme focuses on empirical research into the operation of institutions in legal practice, and obtaining insights as to the performance of duties, transparency, responsibility and liability. To implement these plans a new research cluster has been established in which the two themes are intertwined: Empirical Legal Research into Conflict Resolution Institutions (ERI). ERI consists of a young, enthusiastic group of researchers and aims to pioneer in developing innovative (empirical) legal research (and teaching). It brings together different legal and empirical researchers of the School of Law and other faculties and cooperates with other disciplines, the other law faculties in the Netherlands, and internationally.
We are looking for an Associate Professor (0.5 - 1.0 FTE) who can focus on the interplay between empirical research and institutions for conflict resolution. The position is a tenure track position towards a (part-time) full professorship in the field of empirical research into conflict resolution institutions. The specifics of the position will be aligned in accordance with the specific experience of the candidate. We expect that professorship is possible within three years. Therefore, the candidate should have a strong research profile and a clear vision on academic teaching.
The Associate Professor will act as part of the leadership team of the ERI-cluster, alongside Prof Kees van den Bos and Dr Rianka Rijnhout. Leadership capabilities and a focus on fostering team-spirit and collaboration are very important in fulfilling the position. Preferably, the legal and empirical expertise of the Associate Professor complements those of the other members of the leadership team. Female candidates or candidates from (other) underrepresented groups at senior levels in Academia are encouraged to apply.