Thursday, 8 August 2013

VACANCY: (Senior) Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development (1.0 fte)

Leiden Law School, vacancy 13-230

The van Vollenhoven Institute for Law

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development (VVI) is part of the Leiden Law School, Leiden University. The Institute’s academic domain covers the formation and functioning of legal systems in the developing world and their effectiveness in contributing to good governance and development.
In its research and teaching, VVI uses a socio-legal approach. The institute carries out research projects in Asia (notably Indonesia), Africa and increasingly in the Middle East and the Muslim world at large. VVI staff teaches several thematic and regional courses to Dutch and foreign students. In addition, VVI provides advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners.
The VVI seeks applicants for the position of:
(Senior) Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 13-230

Duties and responsibilities

  • Doing research in VVI’s academic domain, including field research.
  • Developing research, and co-supervising PhD-research.
  • Teaching and developing courses in VVI’s academic domain, for  the bachelors programs of the Leiden Law School and Leiden University College.
  • Acquisition and management of research and teaching projects.


  • Relevant Masters degree in Law, and/or Social Sciences, and/or Humanities.
  • Ph.D. degree directly relevant to VVI’s academic domain and approach.
  • In depth knowledge of state, law and society of at least one developing country in preferably the Middle East-North Africa region, or Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Relevant experience in independent research, research development, project management.
  • Adequate publications record.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of Dutch and of the language of the country of study will be considered a strong advantage.
  • Teaching experience; proven record as good, inspiring teacher.
  • Team player with strong proven organizational skills, and relevant networks.

What we offer

The starting salary, depending on experience, varies from scale 11 to 12 with a minimum of € 3259,- per month gross and a maximum of € 5.070,- per month gross, based on full time employment. Part time employment might be a possibility. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten), for a period of one year initially (with a initial trial period of two months) with the possibility of extension (depending on performance). Information with respect to conditions of employment of the University can be found on Starting date is set for 1 January 2014.

Further information

For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Mr. Dennis Janssen (e-mail: For more information about our activities, see

How to apply

To apply, please send a letter stating both your motivation and evidence of meeting the requirements for this position, a curriculum vitae in English, and the names of 3 referees, before 15 October 2013 to Please mention the vacancy’s reference number and your last name in the subject of your email and your letter.

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