- A curious and creative legal researcher with a background international law and an interest, preferably experience, in the intersection between science and international law in the climate context?
- Interested in interdisciplinary research and collaboration?
- An engaged team player interested in contributing to and helping organize a research project that involves collaboration across disciplines and the creation of an inter-University interdisciplinary network?
- Interested in teaching in a diverse academic context?
Then the position of Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam is perfect for you. What does this job entail?
You will be conducting innovative research and actively contributing to a research project entitled Translating climate science for international law
, led by dr. Nataša Nedeski. The project is embedded within the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL).
Briefly: The entry of scientific findings and arguments into international law on climate change is necessary and inevitable. A wealth of scientific evidence is available on the causes, impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. Such scientific findings are needed not only to better grasp the causes and extent of the problem as well as possible solutions, but also for giving concrete substance to legal norms and concepts.
Knowledge stemming from (climate) science is vital to understand, interpret and apply fundamental legal notions such as causation, risk, precaution, proof, highest possible ambition and significant or irreversible harm. As such, (climate) science can play a key role in giving concrete content to international obligations and establishing causal links between the (in)action of States contributing to climate change and climate impacts.
The aim of this project is to enhance our understanding of how (climate) science has been used, and can be used, in the development, interpretation and application of international legal rights, obligations and procedures (including litigation) that are relevant to climate change. It examines how scientific knowledge that helps us understand climate change – including its causes, impacts, future risks and mitigation – and which is traditionally produced outside of the legal discipline, can be incorporated into, or used by, international law.
Besides your individual research, you will actively contribute to the organization of events and to the formal creation, coordination and strengthening of a network of climate scientists and international law scholars that seek to collaboratively tackle some of the questions at the intersection of (climate) science and international law. Depending on the fit with your profile, you will contribute as co-author to one or more collaborative paper projects.
Finally, as part of your role, you will contribute to teaching innovative courses in public international law and thesis supervision (up to 30% of your position).