The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University) has a vacancy for a

Research and teaching associate (onderwijs- en onderzoeksmedewerker) in Public International Law 

Key responsibilities

  • Assisting in the planning, organization, programming and execution of the Digitally Derived Evidence project;
  • More specifically, the Teaching/Research Associate will:
    • Assist in the coordination of the Digitally Derived Evidence project, as well as the activities of the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum more generally;
    • Assist in supervising teams of students taking part in the Kalshoven-Gieskes IHL Clinic programme;
    • Support the two senior supervisors in general research relating to the project and in coordination matters;
    • Liaise with cooperation partners;
    • Assist in the organisation of ad hoc events, including workshops and roundtables in connection with the project;
    • Assist in setting up a website and in disseminating the outcomes of the project.

Selection criteria

  • LL.M. degree in International Law, preferably with knowledge of IHL, IHRL and ICL;
  • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken;
  • A high sense of commitment and dedication and willingness to assist in on-going teaching and organizational matters of the Forum;
  • Strong dedication and commitment to the goals and objectives of the Forum;
  • Preferably (practical) experience in the area of International Humanitarian, Criminal, and/or Human Rights Law as evidenced by, e.g., internship(s) with one of the international organisations or NGOs dedicated to the implementation and application of International Humanitarian Law and/or Human Rights Law;
  • Experience in coordinating and working on mid-term projects in the field of international humanitarian law is seen as an asset;
  • An ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team;
  • Prior knowledge of setting up a website and with website design (for example, with applications like WordPress) is seen as an asset;
  • Experience in coordinating and/or supervising teams, particularly teams of students, is seen as an asset.

Our organisation
With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment. More information about Leiden Law School.

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden Law School & Campus Den Haag) (‘the Centre’) is a leading academic institution in the field of international law, which is focused on high-level research, education and training in public international law and global justice. The Centre is part of the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, the oldest University in The Netherlands. It hosts several international research projects, leading scientific journals (e.g., Leiden Journal of International Law), a unique LL.M. (adv.) programme in Public International Law, the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, as well as high-quality training courses, Summer Schools, lectures series, seminars and conferences. Research within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies is part of the Research Programme ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law’.

The Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law provides a platform within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies for research, teaching and further dissemination of international humanitarian law. The core objective of the Forum is to provide a neutral platform for the research, teaching and further dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL). By doing this, it aims to create better protection and assistance for victims of war and more respect for humanity in armed conflicts and crisis situations. The Forum aims to help alleviate the suffering of individuals in armed conflicts and to bring more humanity to these special situations of violence. The Forum focusses on promoting and strengthening the respect for IHL and its implementation in national law. Furthermore, it supports initiatives to enforce IHL and increases accountability for perpetrators of IHL violations.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term position from 1 October 2019 until 1 August 2020 (10 months). Salary range from €2,579 to €3,445 gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 8, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Salary scale depends on education and experience.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Emma Irving, email:, telephone: +31 (0)71 527 1390.

Information about the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum can be found at and about Leiden University at

Please submit online your application no later than 15 September 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Applicants should submit online a letter of interest accompanied by a CV.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.