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PhD Candidate for MArie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researchers (ESR)

The Center for Law and Digital Technologies (Department eLaw) has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate for MArie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researchers (ESR)
At the 'Network for Training on Hate (NETHATE) to be funded by the Horizon 2020 Programma

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Steenschuur, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


Countering hate speech—how to effectively protect fundamental rights? — The ESR will carry out a fundamental rights analysis of the ways in which online platforms perform their (moral or legal) responsibilities in countering illegal or harmful speech through the deployment of sophisticated digital technologies. The research includes a conceptualisation of what constitutes illegal or harmful speech, developing a fundamental rights analytical framework as well as case study research on social media platforms. A 3-month secondment is planned at TNO, The Netherlands, focused on the exploration of existing and (potential) future technological tools to prevent or counter hateful web content. The project at Leiden University will work in close collaboration with another ESR, which will conduct research at the University of Antwerp into the countering of online hate-speech through technological interventions.


  • (Advanced) LL.M. degree(s) in law, preferably law and technology, human rights law;
  • An explicit interest in (human rights) law and digital technologies;
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively within an internationally diverse team;
  • Evidence of conducting academic legal research and very good academic writing skills;
  • Having at least one academic publication (besides the LL.M. thesis), preferably in the area of law and digital technologies or human rights law, will be considered an advantage;
  • Evidence of excellent organisation skills and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work highly efficiently and meet competing priorities;
  • Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills and with strong attention to detail and quality;
  • Willingness to travel to attend secondments, training and academic events;
  • Excellent communications skills in English both written and verbal. Knowledge of or willingness to learn Dutch is considered an advantage.


We offer a full-time position for 1.0 FTE (38 hours per week). The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. The appointment will be under the terms of the cao (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on € 2.395,- in the first year, increasing to € 3.061,- gross per month in the final year.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-  of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of their employment. For more information please visit the Marie Curie-Skłodowska website.

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria and the entry requirements for the PhD programme at the host institution where the ESR is based.

Candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Please note that there are residency requirements for each ESR position, you must not have resided in country where ESR position is located more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the appointment.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Professor Simone van der Hof, email s.van.der.hof@law.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any enquiries about the procedure, please contact Regina Noort, email r.a.g.noort@law.leidenuniv.nl.