Associate Professor in Philosophy of Law | Faculty of Law | Maastricht University

Associate Professor in Philosophy of Law | Faculty of Law | Maastricht University

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The Department of Foundation and Methods of Law offers courses in the field of philosophy of law, legal history, and legal theory, as part of our LL.B. and LL.M. programs. Members of the department analyze the foundations of law from a legal-philosophical, legal-theoretical and legal-historical perspective. The department is embedded in the Faculty of Law that offers an international classroom with students from over 40 different nationalities.

Job description

Applications are invited for an appointment as Associate Professor (‘Universitair Hoofddocent’) in Philosophy of Law. The starting date is 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a full-time position, consisting of 65% teaching time and 35% research time. The initial contract is for 18 months, followed by a permanent contract subject to satisfactory performance.

To complement the competences and academic interests of the current staff, we are looking for candidates with research interests and teaching experience in normative philosophy of law. Candidates with expertise at the intersection of (legal) philosophy and EU law and/or the philosophy of (ECHR) fundamental rights are particularly encouraged to apply.

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of teaching on the Faculty’s bachelor’s and master’s programmes. They will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the Faculty’s research profile by producing high-quality research, to be a cooperative member in the department, to write research proposals, and to fulfill administrative duties. We particularly welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally under-represented in our discipline.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • expertise in normative Philosophy of Law, preferably at the intersection of (legal) philosophy and EU law and/or the philosophy of (ECHR) fundamental rights;
  • PhD degree in Philosophy of Law or adjacent field;
  • experience and skills in academic teaching, not only in one’s own field but also in the more general legal (skills) courses;
  • having obtained University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) or be willing to obtain this UTQ soon;
  • excellent research skills, as shown in peer reviewed publications in the relevant fields;
  • excellent organizational skills;
  • fluency in spoken and written English at an academic level;
  • the ability to teach and grade in Dutch is strongly preferred but is not a formal requirement. However, if employed permanently, the Maastricht University expects basic proficiency in Dutch after a certain period – and provides free language training;
  • the ability to work both independently as well as in a team, with a solution-oriented attitude and a healthy dose of academic curiosity.

Conditions of employment

A salary initially based on scale 13 of the collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities depending on qualifications and work experience (minimum € 5,506 and maximum € 6,702 gross per month for a full-time job). An annual 8% holiday and an annual 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided.

While the position is a permanent one, the initial contract will be for 18 months for any candidate employed by Maastricht University for the first time.

Candidates will be required to acquire a university teaching qualification within two years (on-the-job) if still needed.

Start: 1 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University provides challenging and high-quality legal education for Bachelor's and Master's students. The faculty is a pioneer in small-scale and innovative education and trains lawyers for both the national and international labor market. The faculty is in the top 3 of law schools in the EU and, with 51% foreign students, is the most international law faculty in Europe. It has 3000 students and more than 300 employees. Maastricht University provides you a unique international experience in a Dutch city.


  • Associate professor
  • Law
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €5506—€6702 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2023.118


Maastricht University (UM)

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