|Publication date||6 February 2020|
|Closing date||31 March 2020|
|Level of education||PhD|
|Hours||30 to 38 hours per week|
|Salary indication||€2,709 to €4,274 gross per month, based on 38 hous per week|
The work of the Lab focuses on the regulatory challenges around the latest iteration of decentralized technologies, such as blockchains and DLTs. We use the term ‘blockchain technology’ as a placeholder concept for technological ordering regimes, which, among others, promise impartial, automated, and ex-ante enforcement of technology-encoded rules and norms, and thus have the potential to enable new forms of trust-dependent activities. While blockchain technologies go through the cycles of hypes and busts, the ongoing innovation in this domain produces often highly contentious, and increasingly plausible visions of how our social, political, economic relationships could be re-organized.
The ease with which one can express and enforce norms and laws through technical means raises a number of questions best suited for interdisciplinary research. On the one hand, fully decentralized systems may lead to the emergence of quasi-sovereign, technology-regulated domains, where the rule of law faces substantial challenges. Private actors are already using highly centralized technical systems to implement and enforce their own policies. Governments are experimenting with technical systems to enhance the effectiveness of public administration, and extend control. The central research interest of the Lab is the interaction between the public and private, technical, institutional and legal modes of ordering; the ways in which they compete with, complement, or enhance each other.
At the moment, we work on legal and policy issues around decentralized systems and copyright, data protection and privacy, and law enforcement, to explore how legal uncertainty, and the un/enforceability of rights and legal obligations affect these systems’ ability to act as trustworthy trust mediators.
As a research scientist, you’ll be working on the social and institutional aspects of trust in and by technological systems. Multiple technologies emerged to produce trust (such as global reputation systems, (self-sovereign) identity systems), or minimize the need for trust (DLTs). Trust, as produced by technical systems has many possible sources: strong cryptography, censorship resistance through decentralization, good governance, or legal legibility, certainty and compliance. Some of these trust sources, like technology governance and regulation, can complement each other. Others, such as compliance and decentralization, seem to be in contradiction. As a social scientist, you will be working with legal scholars on answering the following two questions at the intersection of trust and technology:
You will answer these questions by studying various aspects of trust and trustworthiness in technological contexts.
In particular you will:
Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements.
with special focus on sociology of organizations, sociology or economics of innovation, or science and technology studies;
We offer an employment contract of 2 years with the possibility of extension subject to additional funding. The gross full-time monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for Assistant professors at Dutch universities, scale 10 Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) ranging from €2,709 to €4,274 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
What else do we offer?
The Amsterdam 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, including the interdisciplinary English-language Bachelor Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) in cooperation with two other Faculties, as well as a variety of Master's programmes, several 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 4000 students and over 450 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands.
The Institute for Information Law (IViR), is one of the largest and oldest research centers in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs over 35 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, AI regulation, personalization, automated decision making, et cetera. Though primarily legal in nature, the Institute has a strong interdisciplinary profile, and has a substantial number of scholars with humanities, social sciences or economics background.
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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
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Interviews will be held in April 2020.
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