Postdoctoral Researcher in Transnational Environmental Litigation

Postdoctoral Researcher in Transnational Environmental Litigation

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11 Apr 5 May Tilburg

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Tilburg University | Tilburg Law School is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Transnational Environmental Litigation (1.0 FTE) for the Department of Public Law & Governance (PLG).
Location Tilburg, scientific area: Jurisprudence, Public International Law.
Duration of employment agreement: 3 years (36 months).

Job description

Job opportunity for a 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 and research, both individually and as part of a team of ambitious scholars.

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 transnational strategic litigators' agency in various environmental governance fields, 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 multiple 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 abovementioned fields. However, scholars who have worked on legal mobilizations around land disputes and/or pollution related to extractives industries will have preference.. Alternatively, candidates may have prior expertise on professional ethics related to litigation, with experience using qualitative socio-legal research methods. Candidates with research or practical legal experience or expertise in Asia or Africa 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, and socio-legal studies – concerned with law’s evolving role 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 historical and contemporary role in facilitating the conditions of the Anthropocene. Likewise, you will be welcome to join a newly emerging research community focused on the ‘Global Legal Professional.’ Both research communities are members of PLG’s Global Law and Governance research program at Tilburg Law School.

This position consists predominantly of research (90%), with limited opportunities for education (10%) in 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:

  • Proficient in conducting research in the English language;
  • Completed (or about to complete) a PhD degree in law or a related field;
  • Capable of conducting high-quality socio-legal research on transnational and comparative litigation in large-scale land acquisition conflicts or pollution-related damage (and risk) from extractives industries, preferably with research interest or experience in Asian or African jurisdictions;
  • 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.

  • You demonstrate personal leadership: you take responsibility for your work and career and possess a good level of self-knowledge.  
  • You have team spirit: you feel part of a team and express this through collaboration, sharing knowledge and experiences, and contributing to an open and inclusive work environment.

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 1.0 FTE(40 hours per week);
  • It is a vacancy for 3 years;
  • 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 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

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, 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, 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. 


Department of Public Law and Governance

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
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 21490



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