Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals, Norwey

Publish Date: Feb 22, 2016

Deadline: Mar 21, 2016

Job Description

Up to three 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of University of Oslo.

The postdoctoral researchers will study international courts and tribunals (ICs) in one or more of four issue areas: human rights, trade, international criminal courts or the environment. The research should apply methodology from the fields of philosophy and/or law, with a slight preference for applicants in political philosophy.
The candidate may be assigned a 10 % workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks.

About PluriCourts

PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Centre is based at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of the University of Oslo. Co-Directors of the Centre are Andreas Føllesdal (professor in political philosophy) and Geir Ulfstein (professor in international law).

The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of ICs in five sectors. For important detailed information about the research agenda and PluriCourts, visit PluriCourts' research plan.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian master and doctoral degree (PhD) in law or a PhD in philosophy or political theory. To be eligible, the applicant must have submitted his/her doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. The doctoral degree must have been received prior to taking up the position.
  • Proficiency in English is required, as the work will be conducted in English. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English.
  • The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Oslo during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre (such as book editing, writing grant applications, lecturing at seminars among others).
  • In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and how it contributes to PluriCourts’ research plan, and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview with the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary based on salary level 57-65 (NOK 483 700 - 560 700)
  • An academically stimulating working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


  • A letter of application
  • A project proposal (maximum 3 pages) which shows how the project will contribute to PluriCourts' research plan and a time schedule for the planned work.
  • CV in English (maximum 2 pages) summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and any other qualifying activity.
  • A complete list of published and unpublished works. If a co-authored work is included, the applicant's role must be made clear.
  • Copies of educational certificates and diplomas. Foreign diplomas must be provided in the original language as well as in an English translation. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university grading system.
  • The PhD dissertation or equivalent academic material and up to 50 pages of other published works if the applicant regards these as relevant. If the publications are written by more than one author, the applicant’s role must be documented with a co-author declaration. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language, if no other agreements has been made by the Faculty of Law.
  • Copies of grades and transcripts. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Names and contact details for at least two references.

All materials should preferably be delivered electronically. However, the PhD dissertation and the other published works may be submitted in 4 hard copies.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 (Offentleglova), information about the applicant will be included in a list of applicants which will be made public, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The government workforce should as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained here.

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