Postdoctoral researcher in transnational environmental litigation

Postdoctoral researcher in transnational environmental litigation

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11 Nov 21 Nov Tilburg

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Tilburg University | Tilburg Law School is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher in transnational environmental litigation for the Department Public Law & Governance (PLG), location is Tilburg.
Scientific discipline: Jurisprudence, Public International Law. Duration of employment agreement: 3 years (36 months).

Job description

Job opportunity for an Postdoctoral Researcher working on transnational environmental litigation, in the department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). The position is attached to the TransLitigate Project headed by Dr. Phillip Paiement and funded by an ERC Starting Grant. PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 100 academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines. You will develop and grow in teaching as well as research, both individually and as part of a team of ambitious scholars.

Job description
Tilburg Law School is interested in hiring a Postdoctoral Research to collaborate on the TransLitigate Project led by Dr. Phillip Paiement. The project focuses on analyzing the agency of transnational strategic litigators in various fields of environmental governance, including climate change, large-scale land transitions, pollution related to extractives industries, and biodiversity conservation. The project combines doctrinal, comparative and socio-legal methods to study forms and patterns of collaboration among strategic litigators in these fields. It seeks to follow transnational litigation networks across multitudes of jurisdictions in diverse socio-economic and political contexts.  

Candidates for this vacancy should have a proven track record of conducting qualitative socio-legal research in one or more of the fields listed above, with preference for scholars who have worked on legal mobilizations around land disputes and biodiversity conservation. Ideally, you will have worked on litigation-related aspects of these fields of law, and/or have had experience with qualitative socio-legal methods of research. Candidates with research or practical legal experience or expertise in South and/or Southeast Asia are preferred.  

As part of this position you will be a member of the Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene research community at Tilburg Law School. This research community, founded in 2019, includes researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds – legal theory, environmental law, political science, socio-legal studies – who are concerned with the evolving role of law in the Anthropocene. It includes research on issues of legal and political representation of Nature and future generations, the regulation of emergent technologies, and institutional questions about law’s historic and contemporary role in facilitating the conditions of the Anthropocene. Likewise, you will be welcome to join in a newly emerging research community focused on the ‘Global Legal Professional.’ Both research communities are members of PLG’s Global Law and Governance research programme at Tilburg Law School.

This position consists predominantly of research (90%), with limited opportunities for education (10%) in the the Global Law LLB, Rechtsgeleerdheid LLB, International Law and Global Governance LLM and the European Law and Global Risk LLM.


Tilburg University


Tilburg University is curious about how you can contribute to our research, education, impact, and to the team you will be part of. Therefore, we would like to get the best possible picture of your knowledge, insight, skills, and personality. Below you can find the qualifications we consider important for the position.

Candidates for this position should be able to demonstrate fulfillment of the following job requirements:

  • Proficient in conducting research in the English language;
  • Completed a PhD degree in law or a related field;
  • Capable of conducting high-quality socio-legal research on transnational and comparative litigation in one or more of the following fields: climate change, large-scale land acquisitions, pollution, and biodiversity conservation;
  • Established a personal research network corresponding to their expertise;
  • Demonstrates scientific integrity;
  • Capable of working collaboratively on research activities;
  • Contributes to an open and diversified culture of experience.

To maintain a vibrant and active university community, it is important that we meet each other regularly and that the connection between us remains good. Therefore, the premise is that all staff members carry out their work in the Netherlands and that lecturing is done physically.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years (36 months).

Tilburg University offers excellent terms of employment with attention to flexibility and room for (personal) development. We recognize and reward our employees and encourage the use of talents and strengths.

Tilburg University is committed to an open and inclusive culture, embracing diversity, and encouraging the mutual integration of groups of staff and students. We create equal opportunities for all our staff and students so that everyone feels at home in our university community. 

We work in a vibrant and lively (work) environment on our beautiful campus, close to the forest and easily accessible by public transport. We are committed to a sustainable society and challenge you to make an active contribution to this. 

For this position, we offer:

  • A position based on 0.8 – 1.0 FTE (32 - 40 hours per week);
  • It is a vacancy of which the work is temporarily funded on the basis of project funding in accordance with Article 2.3 paragraph 7(b) of the CLA for Dutch Universities, namely ERC Starting Grant. You will be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 36 months. Continuation of this position depends on the availability of financial resources.
  • A salary of minimum €3.974 and maximum €5.439 gross per month for full time employment, based on UFO profile Researcher 3 and salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on your relevant education and work experience;
  • Vacation allowance (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%);
  •  Vacation days (41 days for a 40-hour work week);
  • Options Model for benefits and reimbursement of moving expenses;
  • Employees from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a tax-free allowance of 30% of their taxable wages. We will apply for this reimbursement for you;
  • You will be enrolled in the General Pension Fund for Public Employers (ABP) through us;
  • Various training courses, for example in leadership skills, personal effectiveness, and career development;
  • A wide range of amenities and facilities and various arrangements to create an optimal work-life balance;

Visit working at Tilburg University for more information on our terms of employment. 


Under the motto of ‘Understanding society’, Tilburg University’s more than 1,500 employees develop knowledge, transfer it to others, and bring people from various disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. Our focus areas are economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology. Tilburg University is internationally known for its high standards in education and scientific research, as well as its good support facilities. The Tilburg University campus offers both quietness and connectivity as it is located in a wooded park, ten minutes away from the city center, main highways, and railways. A mid-sized city of 200,000 inhabitants in the South of the Netherlands, and in proximity to cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London, Tilburg is situated at the very heart of Western Europe. 

Tilburg Law School
Since its founding in 1963, Tilburg Law School has become one of the leading law schools in Europe. Through top research and the provision of high-quality university education, the School contributes to society. Tilburg Law School is organized into five Departments: Public Law and Governance; Law, Technology, Markets and Society; Private, Business and Labour Law; the Fiscal Institute Tilburg; and Criminal Law. The mission of the School is to understand and improve the role of law and public administration in addressing the social problems of today and tomorrow. Through research and education, our scholars contribute to that mission. 

More than 4,000 students pursue a Bachelor's, pre-Master's or Master's degree at Tilburg Law School. Through this education, we train students in law, public administration, and data science. The Tilburg Educational Profile (TEP) is unique in the Netherlands. Central to it are three core concepts: knowledge, skill and character. A university education provides students with the latest substantive knowledge and trains them to be critical thinkers and resilient professionals. In addition, the School is committed to innovative educational concepts and, partly in response to the coronavirus crisis, has invested heavily in the quality of online education and in innovative didactic tools to make and keep students inquisitive. 

Tilburg Law School's research is highly regarded nationally and internationally. The Tilburg Law School Departments work closely together in their research in four signature research programs: 1) Global Law and Governance; 2) Law and Security; 3) Connecting Organizations; and 4) Regulating Socio-Technical Change. 

The Department of Public Law & Governance (PLG) is a unique collaboration of researchers in the fields of International Law, European law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Public Administration, Legal Philosophy, Political Science, Legal History, and Jurisprudence. Collaboration within the Department is very much inspired by joint research interests.


  • Postdoc
  • Law
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 21156



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