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The T.M.C.Asser Institute seeks an Academic Director and Chair of the Board for the T.M.C. Asser Institute, who upon appointment, will also hold the position of Professor at the Amsterdam Law School at the University of Amsterdam for twenty percent of the appointment.
The T.M.C. Asser Institute is a distinguished research hub specializing in international and European public and private law. Renowned nationally and internationally, the institute conducts independent fundamental, policy-oriented, and commissioned research, while also fostering professional education and knowledge dissemination through academic gatherings and public events. With an annual turnover of approximately €7,000,000, a dedicated team of 50 professionals, and strong international engagement, it plays a vital role in advancing legal scholarship. Governed by a two-member board, the institute places a strong emphasis on research quality and strategic projects, with the Academic Director as Chair and the Managing Director overseeing administrative and financial aspects. Located in The Hague, the institute is deeply connected to global justice networks and is at the forefront of shaping the future of international and European law.
The institute is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, particularly the Amsterdam Law School. The UvA provides an annual basic subsidy for the Institute. The collaboration between the institute and the UvA is established in an agreement with a term extending until 2030.
Committed, responsible, and open-minded – this is how the Amsterdam Law School views the role of law in a constantly changing (international) society. With over 5,000 students and 550 staff, the Amsterdam Law School is one of the larger law faculties in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School educates legal professionals who know how to apply the law effectively with the aim of making a real contribution to solutions for society. They respond to social developments through innovative and pioneering research. In this way, the Amsterdam Law School always stays in touch with society.
The Academic Director will be a recognized scholar in the field of either international public law, European law, or international private law. The succesful candidate will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction to the institute, ensuring alignment with the University of Amsterdam's strategic agenda. This role involves representing the institute in academia, legal practice, policy, and social discourse while ensuring a sustainable financial future for the institute and nurturing T.M.C. Asser’s international network in The Hague.
The Academic Director holds the following tasks and responsibilities:
Leadership and Strategy
External Engagement and Representation
Experience and Profile
The Academic Director and Chair of the Board identifies with most of the following criteria:
Candidates with limited Dutch language skills must possess a strong grasp of Dutch academic and administrative culture and be prepared to attain an advanced level of proficiency in the Dutch language within two years of starting, aligned with their role's demands and responsibilities.
For the effective execution of the roles, the following core competencies are essential:
Terms of Employment
The Academic Director will be employed at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, which is financed through the University of Amsterdam (UvA), through a strategic relationship established in 2020.
An employment contract comprising an appointment as Academic Director at the T.M.C. Asser Institute as well as a professoriate at the UvA Law faculty are offered. The appointment as Academic Director is for a period of five years with the possibility of extension.
The employment contract is for 38 hours per week. Depending on relevant experience at the start of the employment, a gross monthly salary ranging from €7.405 tot €10.635 will be provided, based on a 38-hour workweek, excluding an 8% vacation allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus. The Dutch Universities Collective Labour Agreement (Cao Nederlandse Universiteiten), as well as Dutch law in general will be applicable to the contract.
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