PhD position in European Private Law

Amsterdam Law School – Department of Private Law

Publication date
3 September 2018
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
Closing date
1 October 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. Our 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). We prepare  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, our law faculties is one of the largest in the Netherlands. We are located in the centre of Amsterdam.

Project description

We ask you to submit a research proposal of approximately 1000 words, which should include a section on methodology and invite you to formulate an innovative research question (or hypothesis).

The research question should link up to one of the research orientations of the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL). Although originally founded as a research centre specifically for European contract law, today its researchers specialise in (the private law aspects of) a variety of legal fields. These include European consumer protection, environmental, financial, fundamental rights, housing, insolvency, labour, property and private international law. CSECL’s approach to European private law is multi-disciplinary, combining thorough legal analysis with pertinent insights from other fields, such as political theory, moral theory, political economy, behavioural sciences, and economic analysis.

You may also embed your European private law research project within the programme on Law and Justice Across Borders, though that is not strictly necessary. For this programme, CSECL collaborates with the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL).

The position is first and foremost a research position; yet you may have the opportunity, or may be asked, to contribute to teaching activities to a limited extent in the second and possibly third year of PhD research.

If you are the successful candidate we are looking for, you will:

  • carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD;
  • actively contribute to the research community in the Law Faculty, in particular at CSECL and the research group on ‘Law and Justice Across Borders’;
  • present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
  • participate in the organisation of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • show the relevance of your research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results;
  • possibly contribute to teaching responsibilities in the field of (European) private law.


We expect you to have:

  • a completed master’s degree in (European) private law or a related discipline at the start of the employment;
  • demonstrable research interest in European private law;
  • 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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You will be offered an initial contract for 12 months. Upon positive evaluation we will extend the contract by 36 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 €2,266 to €2,897 gross per month (full-time equivalent). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include an 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year Bonus.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may send your application in one PDF file, by email to Please mention vacancy number 18-521 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.

The starting date will be as soon as possible, by mutual agreement.

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

No agencies please

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