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Job Openings: Tilburg University, International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) PhD Researcher in Law

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Tilburg University, International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT)
PhD Researcher in Law

As part of the NWO Vidi project ‘A waste of time or no time to waste? Assessing the impact of international reparative justice procedures’ of Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert, INTERVICT is looking for a PhD candidate.

ABOUT THE VIDI PROJECT: The international prescribed right to reparations aims to contribute to take away as far as possible the consequences of harm suffered by victims of international crimes and serious human rights violations. The underlying assumption is that this should provide reparative justice, for victims and societies that struggle after war, internal conflict and/or political violence. The international legal institutions that process this right and the underlying rules are fragmented, there is an overproliferation of institutions characterized by a top-down approach, and the underlying assumptions lack an evidence base. To what extent can international law indeed repair harm of victims of war and conflict? This project aims to develop a multidisciplinary theory of reparative justice integrating legal scholarship and social science and applying innovative methodological instruments.

The PhD project, which is part of the Vidi project, aims to explore and understand the development and the use of different standards relating to the right to reparation (in laws and jurisprudence) by those international and regional criminal and human rights courts/tribunals mandated to provide reparations: the ICC, the ECCC, the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The legal regimes relevant to the normative requirements of reparations – international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law – are distinct and appear to make competing claims to governing dilemmas relating to reparations. They can produce different conclusions concerning for instance, the scope and/ or eligibility of reparations mimicking the diversity in standards and mechanisms of devising and applying reparative measures. The legal analysis will explore the different meanings of reparations, both in terms of their purpose, content and practical application.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have obtained a Master in Law, preferably with a specialization in international law, international human rights law and/or international criminal law. Additional qualifications are international experience, being able to work in a multidisciplinary team, and excellent writing and oral skills in English and preferably in Spanish.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment. The appointment will be for a total of 38 months. The selected candidate will initially be appointed for 16 months, with an extension of 22 months on the basis of a positive evaluation. The evaluation will take place after 12 months. The selected candidate will be ranked in the Dutch university employment system (UFO). The starting gross salary is Euro 2.125,- per month (for a fulltime appointment) based on the PhD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) Dutch Universities. Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of moving expenses.

APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Additional information about INTERVICT can be found at Specific information about the vacancy can be obtained from prof. Rianne Letschert:

Applying for this vacancy can only be done online. Your application, including CV and motivation letter, must be submitted before 1 October 2015.

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