Full Professor in Public Law and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Full Professor in Public Law and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

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13 Feb 2 Mar Leiden

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Leiden Law School and the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs are looking for a Full Professor in Public Law and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Job description

Our society is changing. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related technologies are playing an increasingly important role in our society. To this end Leiden University has started a new, university wide initiative to enable collaboration on the use of AI. By building on and expanding the already existing expertise of AI the project intends to advance science and improve the quality of our life. All the disciplines of the University of Leiden are involved: Archeology, Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Sciences, and also the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), to collaborate and appoint new staff with joint interests. Leiden University has earmarked dedicated funding for the appointment of full professors, assistant professors, a post-doc and support staff to facilitate the expansion of AI related research at all its departments. The joint chair of full professor in Public Law & Governance of AI will be imbedded in both the Faculty of Law (0.5 FTE) and the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (0.5 FTE).

Key responsibilities
The datafication of society changes the way in which public institutions govern. AI challenges classical legal norms and concepts of public administration, but at the same time also has strong potential to strengthen compliance with public norms. The prospective professor of the chair will play a leading role in this interdisciplinary debate. S/he has profound knowledge of AI applications within the public sector, foresees technological developments and is specialized in relevant core themes of public law and governance. The teaching tasks consists of:

  • Supervising teaching in the area of the chair and in other programs and courses with sufficient interests. Total enrollments as well as the success of newly designed programs or tracks are important targets for the new chair;
  • Developing and providing, either alone or in cooperation with others, teaching in the various tracks and programs of both institutes, both in Dutch and in English;
  • Developing teaching materials in the form of substantial syllabi or textbooks and contributes to educational reform at curriculum level;
  • The chair also participates in contract-teaching and other programs in both institutes;
  • Supervising PhD students and providing teaching to PhD students depending on current institutional arrangements.

The research tasks:

  • Supervising and conducting research on the specific key themes in the area of the chair as part of the research program of the Department of Constitutional & Administrative Law of the Institute of Public Law and the Institute of Public Administration;
  • Co-coordinating the new program SAILS and initiating and conducting research within this project together with the other partners including in the areas of Constitutional & Administrative Law and Public Administration;
  • Initiating and developing new research projects within the area of the chair and in the context of the research programs of the institutes in cooperation with others;
  • Initiating and developing new research projects based on second- and third-stream funding, including the EU.

The service tasks:

  • Contributing to the dissemination in society of knowledge in the discipline;
  • Management and administration in such a way that it contributes to a positive atmosphere and cohesion in and between both institutes through motivating and inspiring leadership;
  • Active in networking including national and international scientific organizations;
  • Raising external funds for research and/or education/teaching for the institutes.


Leiden University


  • The prospective professor engages in high-quality teaching and research in the field of public law and governance with a focus on artificial intelligence. If s/he has demonstrated capacity to engage with both disciplines (law and public administration);
  • The prospective professor has excellent research qualities, as is apparent from a PhD and a list of international, high-quality publications in the area of governance, regulation and administration, with a focus on the impact and opportunities of AI. That her/his research is influential is apparent from frequent quotations in journals and textbooks. S/he is considered an internationally recognized authority in the field. S/he has excellent didactic skills and wide teaching experience at the academic level;
  • The prospective professor is (co)responsible for, and involved in, the BA and MA programs of both institutes, both in Dutch and English. Her/his contribution to the teaching program will be organized in consultation with the governing body of the institute. S/he will have the capability for setting up and supervising educational-reform projects. In addition, the professor participates in post-initial educational modules;
  • The prospective professor conducts research in the field of her/his job description. S/he should be capable of further developing existing research projects and of stimulating novel and innovative research, if desirable in cooperation with colleagues inside and outside the faculty. S/he has a proven track record of acquiring research funds (second- and third-stream funding). S/he will play an active role in relevant research associations at the faculty or national and international levels. S/he also plays an active role in making available and applying the results of research to a wider public, including governmental organizations in the Netherlands. The professor will have to contribute to recruitment, supervision and training of young researchers and to maintaining contacts with colleagues in the country and abroad;
  • The prospective professor has the capability and the willingness to play an active role in the management of initiatives that are part of university-wide program on artificial intelligence and the cooperation between both institutes. When cooperation with other disciplines is required or desirable, the candidate is expected to make a constructive contribution. S/he must be willing to promote the interests of the Leiden University, inside and outside the university community;
  • The professor has the final responsibility for teaching and research in public law and governance of artificial intelligence. In this capacity s/he also provides services towards the wider community associated with her/his job description;
  • If the prospective professor is not proficient in Dutch, s/he is expected to have acquired a good command of Dutch within two years. Excellent command of English is required.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time temporary appointment for a period of 4 years with a view to a permanent contract depending on good performance and funding. Salary range from € 5.582,- to € 8.127,- gross per month (pay scale H2 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year (8.3 %) bonuses, training, 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.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years. 

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


Leiden University

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
The Institute of Public Administration is one of the largest and oldest institutes of academic research and teaching in the field of public administration in the Netherlands and is located in The Hague. The institute combines a solid international academic reputation with a central positioning among the international, national, regional and local governance institutions of The Hague. It employs around 80 people and provides education to 1200 students. It is part of the Faculty Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA), one of the seven faculties of Leiden University. Besides Public Administration the faculty consists of two other institutes and four centers of expertise.

The institute has an international profile and gets high peer reviewed ratings, both for its research and education. It offers a Dutch Bachelor of Public Administration, a Dutch Master Management of the Public Sector and an English Master Public Administration. All three have several specializations. Based on the strong academic disciplinary approach, the institute collaborates with other institutes and faculties of Leiden University on interdisciplinary research and education programs.

Leiden Law School
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.

The center for law and digital technologies (eLaw) was founded in 1985 and has a leading role in research and education on law and digital technologies. The center studies the social, legal and normative impact of emerging digital technologies. The focus of our research and education is particularly on digital technologies and their interplay with fundamental rights and the rule of law. Key themes in our research and education are: online privacy and personal data protection; cybercrime and cybersecurity; data science and law; internet governance; law and complexity in digital society; electronic communications law; children's rights in the digital world; and media and fundamental rights.


  • Professor; Associate professor; Assistant professor; Lecturer
  • Behaviour and society; Law
  • 20-079



Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES, Leiden

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