Full Professor of Law and Governance in the Anthropocene

Full Professor of Law and Governance in the Anthropocene

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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 strongly inspired by shared research interests.

The PLG Department at Tilburg Law School is seeking candidates for the Chair of Law and Governance in the Anthropocene. We are looking for an enthusiastic scholar who will hold this chair starting 1 September 2023.

Job description

Scientific Area
The Anthropocene—the era when human influences on Earth's existence override natural atmospheric, biological, and geological processes—poses great challenges to legal and governance systems. Climate change and the catastrophic collapse of ecological systems require the re-conceptualization of the principles and manifestations of law and governance. These developments invite innovation in education and research and has led to the establishment of the Chair in Law and Governance in the Anthropocene. 


In the context of the Sector Plan Transformative Effects of Globalization in Law,, a vibrant and growing research community has emerged within the PLG Department. The chair holder will be part of this community that works on the theme Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene (CitA). The CitA research community explores the multitude of ways in which law and governance is challenged by the Anthropocene and aims to be a leading contributor to the global debate focused on re-conceptualizing the foundations and manifestations of law and governance, against a backdrop of global ecological devastation and climate change. 


The new chair holder will be expected to (help) develop and implement innovative education around the theme Law and Governance in the Anthropocene and to further deepen and expand research regarding this theme. Studying the challenges of the Anthropocene for law and governance requires (bringing together) insights from different disciplines. The new chair holder will coordinate the community operating along diverse disciplinary lines. Currently, the research group combines international and European (environmental) law, legal theory, political science, philosophy of law, and public administration to address the major societal challenges of our time. The candidate is familiar with and participates in the legal theory or sociological debates generated by the Anthropocene. A background in legal theory is also welcome in view of the education and research needs of the Department. Another perspective is possible if outstanding candidates come forward who wish to hold the chair from another (sub)discipline. The motivation for this should be explained in the application letter. The Chair is a connector, stimulating and deepening collaboration within the department and its Signature Plan Global Law and Governance.


In collaboration with the existing team, the full professor is responsible for:


  1. Conceptually and organizationally linking theoretical, regulatory, and institutional challenges of the Anthropocene with the wide range of existing legal/governance (sub)disciplines within and outside the PLG Department.
  2. Developing and implementing innovative education on the theme of Law and Governance in the Anthropocene. The full professor is able to innovate the curriculum and has an affinity for attractive and modern didactic forms and methods.
  3. High-quality international research in one of the areas covered by the research project (currently international and European (environmental) law, legal theory, political science, philosophy of law, and public administration). A background in legal theory is particularly welcome.
  4. Independently providing and coordinating Dutch- and English-taught education within the framework of one of the TLS degree programs in both the Bachelor’s and Master’s phases (Rechtsgeleerdheid, Bestuurskunde, the English-taught program in Global Law, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Public Governance and International and European Law) Given the participation in various programs, the full professor is demonstrably able to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary manner. 


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. 


The future chair holder:

  • Holds a PhD in law, political science, public administration, or related field. 
  • Has a good track record in both education and research in a field relevant to the topic, as evidenced by, inter alia, evaluations and leading international scholarly publications.
  • Has a track-record in educational innovation.
  • Has experience coordinating interdisciplinary research teams and an affinity for the diverse research area of Law & Governance in the Anthropocene. 
  • Has experience supervising PhD researchers, students, and junior employees.
  • Has experience in acquiring and conducting externally funded research projects and willingness to continue to apply for external research funding.
  • Is leading, inspiring, and innovative in research and education, shows initiative, and is willing, together with others, to lead teams in the Department; he or she participates in School, university, and external university working relationships if and to the extent desirable for proper job performance.
  • Has team spirit and willingness to collaborate with other School disciplines. TLS expects from professors a commitment to the School and visibility within and outside the organization. 
  • Is a team player with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Has a good command of the English language. Dutch language skills are advantageous but not requited from the outset. The successful candidate will be required to acquire proficiency in Dutch. 


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: 12 to 18 months with possible permanent contract.

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);
  • This is a vacancy for a permanent position in accordance with Article 2.3 paragraph 1 CLA for Dutch universities and concerns a temporary employment contract with the prospect of permanent employment. You will initially be given a temporary employment contract for the duration of 12 (internal candidates) or 18 months (external candidates). After this period, you can get a permanent employment contract.
  • A salary of minimum €6,099 gross and maximum €8,881 gross per month for full time employment, based on UFO profile Professor 2 and salary scale H2 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Tilburg University uses a neutral remuneration system for salary scaling that is based on 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);
  • Full reimbursement of commuting expenses for sustainable travel: walking, biking and public transportation
  • 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. 



Tilburg University's motto is Understanding Society. Based on this vision, our almost 2,800 employees conduct research, inspire more than 19,000 students of 110 nationalities, and bring people from different disciplines and organizations together to learn from each other. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. In doing so, we work from the fields of economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, humanities and digital sciences, and theology. We seek the connection between the various disciplines to find solutions to the major issues we face as a society. Our students are educated to become responsible and entrepreneurial thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility, and empathy, who are able to influence and give direction to a rapidly changing society in an innovative way. Tilburg University has a culture of collaboration and co-creation, at local, regional, national, and international level.

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; Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology 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, skills, 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. 


  • Professor
  • Law
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 21359



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