PhD candidate in European Union Law

Amsterdam Law School

Publication date
27 March 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
Closing date
1 May 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes and a variety of Master's, some of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School is located in the centre of Amsterdam.

The PhD researcher will develop his or her project as part of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG).  In principle, the PhD researcher may focus on any aspect of European Union law.

ACELG cooperates with the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL) within the framework of the research platform ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’. An interest in participating in this broader research community is a significant advantage.

ACELG brings together a group of researchers that largely combines an internal legal approach with an external approach to European Union. A combination of legal and non-legal methods or approaches is therefore strongly encouraged.

Project description

The position is first and foremost a research position; yet the candidate may have the opportunity, or may be asked, to contribute to teaching activities to a limited extent.

The successful candidate will:

  • carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD;
  • actively contribute to the research community at ACELG , ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’ and the Law School;
  • present intermediate research results internally, as well as nationally and internationally;
  • participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • show the relevance of her/his research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results. 


The successful candidate has

  • completed a master’s degree in European Union law or public international law or a related discipline at the start of the employment;
  • demonstrable research interest;
  • excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • interest in inter-disciplinary research;;
  • the ability to work in a team;
  • curiosity and willingness to challenge opinions, and to be challenged.

Knowledge of disciplines other than law is an asset, but not a requirement.

Further information

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For questions on the application procedure and employment conditions at the University of Amsterdam, please contact:


The successful candidates will be offered an initial contract for 15 months. Upon positive evaluation of the PhD students’ performance the contract will be extended by 33 months.

The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, scale P (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) ranging from €2,222 to €2,840 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus.

Job application

You may send your application, preferably in one PDF file, by email to Please mention vacancy number 18-146 in the subject line.
Applications must contain the following information:

  • cover letter;
  • CV;
  • contact details of 2 referees (no reference required);
  • research proposal of approx. 1000 words (for details see above)
  • proof of your master’s degree; if you have not completed your degree at the time of application, please provide a statement from your supervisor or University confirming the expected date of completion.

Applicants are asked to submit a research proposal of approximately 1000 words, which should include:   

  • a clearly identified research question;
  • a section on methodology, and
  • an indication of the relevance of the project for the discipline of EU law and for society.

The envisaged starting date is 1 September 2018.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 May 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

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