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Groningen PhD ERC project in Comparative law

University of Groningen RUG

The Netherlands

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Faculty of Law, Department of Legal Methods invites applications for a PhD ERC project at University of Groningen, the Netherlands – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: October 17, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2,434 to 3,111 Euro/Month

Faculty of Law
University of Groningen
University of Groningen RUG

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Qualification Details

  • LLM (or being in the final phase of an LLM) with excellent marks
  • interested in and experience with legal scientific research and methodology, including comparative legal research; an interest in data science would be an advantage
  • interested in and experience with human rights and the interaction between private and public law, and international and national law
  • highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • a working knowledge of Dutch, Spanish and/or other languages will be considered an advantage, but is not essential
  • demonstrable competences: planning and organising, conceptual capacity, presenting, monitoring, flexibility, independent, analytical skills.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD researcher will – in an interdisciplinary team of other researchers – conduct comparative legal research to the impact of international and European housing rights in national jurisdictions, and systematically collect and analyse the case law of peak courts from United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands in greater detail. Together with other team members (including data scientists) citation data will be collected to analyse and visualise the dialogue between national and international courts. The PhD researcher will identify whether and how the various national peak courts take the international right to housing into account in eviction litigation. The researcher will examine whether and how the courts deal with the various normative arguments laid down in theories concerning the distinction between private and public law, property and contract law, horizontal effects of human rights and the interaction between national and international law.

The researcher is expected to successfully undertake research on the project. The researcher is expected to write a dissertation either in the form of a monograph or in the form of peer reviewed articles. The researcher should attend, present at, and organise conferences and workshops; and undertake (limited) teaching activities related to the ERC project.

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Documents Required

If you are interested and you meet our qualification criteria, please include within your application:

  • motivation letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of grades from your Master’s degree, including the percentile in which you rank in your studies (if available)
  • list of publications (if applicable)
  • names and contact details of three referees, who will be contacted after the interview stage.

About the Department

The PhD researcher will also be expected to participate actively in the Department of Legal Methods, a lively legal multidisciplinary department at the faculty of law.

PhD training programme The PhD researcher will participate in the Faculty training programme for PhD students organised by the Groningen Graduate School of Law (GGSL): This training programme enables the PhD researcher to participate in workshops and seminars that aligns with the research interest.

Supervision The PhD research will be supervised by Michel Vols (Professor at the Department of Legal Methods), Björn Hoops (Professor at the Department of Private Law) and Michelle Bruijn (Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Methods).

A project synopsis can be found online ( For the full version contact Prof. Michel Vols by email.

About the Employer: University of Groningen RUG

Note or Other details

Conditions of employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

● a salary of € 2,434 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,111 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week

● a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus

● 232 holiday hours per calendar year (with a 100% position)

● participation in a pension scheme for employees

● a full-time position (1.0 FTE/100%) for four years; first, you will get a temporary position of eighteen months with the option of renewal for another thirty months; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Law. The research project also has its own funds for travel and accommodation.

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