Student assistant Re-Jus project

Amsterdam Law School

Publication date
13 June 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€1,958 to €2,283 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
2 July 2017
7,6 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Amsterdam Law School is strongly engaged in society and has an international orientation, which is reflected in its research and education activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor's programmes and a number of Master's programmes, two of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law and European Private Law). With its 3,500 students and 375 staff members, it is one of the largest law schools in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School is located in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Law School is offering a position for a student assistant in the NWO-funded project ‘Judges in Utopia: Judicial law-making in European Private Law’, coordinated by Prof. Chantal Mak. The project is conducted within the framework of the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL), one of the centres of excellence of the University of Amsterdam. The CSECL aims to promote high-quality research and education on European contract law. Its research programme focuses on the interplay between the European, national and international laws of contract.

Project description

The Re-Jus Project is a transnational project, funded by the European Commission, that aims to provide judges and other national enforcers with clear guidelines concerning both the substantive scope of EU law and principles and the choice of procedures and remedies, with a view to ensuring effective protection of fundamental rights. The University of Amsterdam is a partner in this project. For more information, see Re-Jus Project.

The project concerns the enforcement of fundamental rights in the areas of consumer law, data protection and migration. The UvA team mainly focuses on consumer protection and competition law.

The role of national judges is gaining relevance and the dialogue between national and EU courts is bringing about transformations concerning both substantive and procedural rules. The project defines the life cycle of judgments of the EU Court of Justice, including the background of the preliminary reference as well as the impact on national legal systems.

More specifically, the focus of this project is on how the EU principles of effectiveness, proportionality and dissuasiveness and the case law related to Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the right to an effective remedy) affect the enforcement of rights derived from EU law. Judicial enforcement interplays with administrative enforcement, increasing the effectiveness of rights and sometimes creating overlaps and juxtapositions. The aim of the project is to provide judges and legal practitioners with clear guidelines on the scope of application of the Charter, the mechanisms of cooperation among judicial and non-judicial enforcers at EU and national levels and the power of judges and parties in the choice of procedures and remedies used to enforce fundamental rights in the three areas above mentioned.


  • Assist the UvA researchers participating in the project in finding and analysing relevant national and EU case law;
  • actively contribute to the aims of the project under supervision of the participating UvA researchers;
  • participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications, that form part of the project.


  • Completed 1st year of law studies at start of the employment;
  • interest in European private law and, ideally, also its theory;
  • ideally, the successful candidate will also have some knowledge of international and European public law;
  • excellent command of Dutch and English (written and spoken);
  • interest in cross-disciplinary research and ability to work in a team.

Further information

To discuss the position informally, please contact:


The student assistant’s appointment will be for the period of one year. The appointment preferably commences on 1 September 2017. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for research assistants at Dutch universities, i.e., ranging from €1.958 to €2.283 gross a month, based on 38 hours per week. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 2 July 2017.

To apply please submit the following items in Word or PDF format electronically to, attn. prof. C. Mak:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Grade transcripts


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