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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:
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:
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.
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.
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