Teaching and Research Fellow in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies

Teaching and Research Fellow in Human Rights and Socio-Legal Studies

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14 Jul 20 Aug Den Haag

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Job description

This six-month teaching and research fellowship has been specifically created for the purposes of covering the (limited) graduate-level teaching obligations of ISS faculty members who will be on research leave in the first half of 2021. The Fellow will in particular deliver and co-ordinate teaching in the following two ISS MA courses: Human Rights, Law & Society and Mobilising Rights & Social Justice, in agreement with the relevant course leaders. The curriculum has been developed, but there is much scope for the teaching fellow’s own unique input.

In addition, this fellowship provides for an opportunity to conduct research in an invigorating multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Formally, the Fellow will be affiliated with the Institute’s MA-Major teaching programme on Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives, as well as the ISS research group Global Development, Law and Social Justice.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Candidates need to be experienced university lecturers who meet the following, main requirements:

  • A PhD in the field of international human rights and/or socio-legal /law and society studies;
  • A research and teaching profile either on law and globalization or in relation to development issues in the global South;
  • 5-10 years post-doctoral experience with teaching at the post-graduate level on international law and human rights and socio-legal studies, preferably for students with a highly diverse background.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 months.

The selected candidate will be offered an employment contract for a period of 6 months (15 January 2021- 15 July 2021) at 2,5 days a week (0.5 fte).

The successful candidate is expected to start on the 15th of January 2021 and will be based at ISS in The Hague. A part-time, 6 month contract with Erasmus University Rotterdam will be offered. In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidates’ experience and ranges from € 3.746,- to € 5.127,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis (scale 11). In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits.

The International Institute of Social Studies is committed to building and sustaining a community based on inclusiveness, equity and diversity and believes this will contribute to our mission and vision of being the best institute in our field. ISS is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities and nationalities. Given the current composition of the ISS academic staff and priorities relating to staff diversity, the Institute has a preference for applicants originating from the Global South and also encourages applications from minority candidates.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded. www.eur.nl


The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is a leading academic centre for international development studies. While part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the ISS is based in The Hague. ISS was established in 1952 as a post-graduate institute of policy-oriented critical social science and development-oriented research. ISS offers a PhD in Development Studies, a 15.5 month MA in Development Studies, a joint MA in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), and post-graduate Diploma courses.

ISS brings together a highly diverse international community of scholars and students from both the global South and the global North. The Institute brings together people and ideas in a multi-disciplinary setting which nurtures, fosters and promotes critical thinking and innovative research on fundamental social problems. The strong partnerships with organizations and individuals in developing countries make up a vibrant network where we co-create knowledge so that teaching and research remain socially relevant. Key to the ISS philosophy and practices is the wish to contribute to achieving social justice and equity on a global level.

The ISS pursues academic excellence and high societal relevance of its research and teaching. ISS considers engagement that is linking research and teaching to society, to be an important task of the university.

All ISS staff members participate in the Institute’s research programme ‘Global Development and Social Justice’. As part of its Research Strategy, the Institute currently pursues four multidisciplinary, cross-cutting research themes: environment and climate change; conflict and peace; social protection and inequality; and migration and diversity.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 20 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ISS/14072020


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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