PhD Fellowship in International Criminal Law 2019, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

University of Amsterdam


May 20, 2019

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PhD candidate in International Criminal Law

Amsterdam Law School

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School offers three Bachelor’s programmes and a variety of Master's, some of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School is located in the centre of Amsterdam.

In September 2018 a five year research project was launched, entitled ‘The Outer limits of Secondary Liability for International Crimes and Serious Human Rights Violations’. The research project is directed by Göran Sluiter, professor in International Criminal Law, and is financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), by means of a VICI-grant. The project will be embedded within the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), one of the research priority areas of the University, and the department of Criminal Law. For more information, see the project’s own website:

For this research-project the Amsterdam Law School is seeking one PhD candidate.

Project description

Secondary Liability in Criminal Law

The central research question in this project is: Taking as a starting point the grave and often irreparable harm caused by the commission of international crimes and serious human rights violations how to establish and theoretically justify the outer limits of secondary criminal liability for assisting those who directly commit international crimes and serious human rights violations?

This project will involve a thorough analysis and evaluation of the theoretical discussions and foundations surrounding secondary criminal liability. The PhD project should connect the theory with relevant laws and practices in a number of justice systems (including at least one Anglo-saxon and one Continental-European system). The combination of analysis of theories and practices and their evaluation in light of the demands of human rights law, should result in an evaluative framework enabling the PhD researcher to answer the research question.

The present PhD project will include in its analysis and evaluation the international criminal law and practice on secondary liability. Arguably, these international standards of secondary criminal liability may carry significant weight in the determination of the outer limits of secondary liability. An important reason why they could is that the law on secondary liability at international criminal tribunals has been specifically developed, in written instruments and in case law, with a view to ending impunity for the most serious human rights violations, international crimes.

The position is first and foremost a research position; yet the candidate may have the opportunity, or may be asked, to contribute to teaching activities to a limited extent in the second and possibly third year of PhD research.

You will:

  • carry out independent high-quality scientific research leading to the degree of PhD;
  • actively contribute to the VICI-project as a whole, including cooperation with the principal investigator and other researchers in the VICI-team;
  • actively contribute to the research community in the Law School, in particular at ACIL;
  • present intermediate research results at international workshops and conferences;
  • participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications;
  • show the relevance of her/his research for society and contribute to the dissemination of research results;
  • possibly contribute to teaching. 


We expect you to have:

  • a completed master’s degree in Human Rights Law, (International) Criminal Law or a related discipline at the start of the employment;
  • demonstrable research interest in these fields of law;
  • excellent command of English (written and spoken);
  • interest in comparative research;
  • ability to work in a team.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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May 13, 2019