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Socio-Legal Researcher

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society of Leiden Law School is looking for a Socio-Legal Researcher (0.8 FTE).

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Schipholweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 uur
€ 2588 - € 4084 per maand


Project description
The research is part of a project entitled ‘The Role of Law in Libya’s National Reconciliation’, executed by the VVI in cooperation with the Centre for Law and Society Studies (CLSS) at Benghazi University. The project aims to address major challenges to national reconciliation in Libya, i.e. key issues regarding national governance, decentralization, national identity, security forces and transitional justice. It will identify and assess the role of law – both actual and potential, enabling and constraining - with regard to those issues. It will employ a socio-legal approach combining a legal analysis, consultations with stakeholders and interviews. It will entail conferences and workshops in Libya (or Tunisia) and the Netherlands to discuss, develop and disseminate its findings and recommendations. The project duration is 36 months divided into two phases: one year and two years. The first phase has been funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Tripoli; funding of the second phase is in preparation.

Your work will consist of:

  • Conducting independent literature research on issues covered by the project;
  • Assisting the project leader (PL) in overseeing the work of field researchers;
  • Organizing the project events in the Netherlands and Tunisia under the supervision of the PL;
  • Providing research and editorial assistance in writing the project’s reports.


  • Relevant master degree, e.g., Law, Social Sciences, with demonstrated interest in law, governance and society;
  • Demonstrated research experience, and keen interest in interdisciplinary socio-legal research methods and approaches;
  • Knowledge of state, law, and society of at least one country in the MENA region preferably Libya;
  • Excellent writing skills in English; knowledge of Dutch and Arabic will be considered an advantage;
  • Excellent organization and communication skills;
  • Available to start as soon as possible.


Initial period of employment in this position is one year, with the intention of renewal for the total project period, conditional on funding and performance. Salary range from €2,588 to €4,084 gross per month on a full-time basis (pay scale 10), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

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

Additional information

For information and inquiries regarding this position, please contact Mr. Dennis Janssen, email d.c.f.m.janssen@law.leidenuniv.nl or telephone + 31 71 527 7260.

To apply for this vacancy, please submit online your application in English no later than 5 March 2018 by using the blue button of our applicationsystem, including:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation for this position;
  • A CV;
  • Your MA thesis or any other major writing sample;
  • Copies of your academic transcripts;
  • The names and contact addresses of two (academic) referees (no reference letters at this point).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at.

Leiden Law School

With over 5,000 students and 450 members of staff, Leiden Law School is one of the largest faculties in the Netherlands. Yet, in all its diversity, it is still known for its ability to provide education on a small scale. The Faculty focuses on multi-faceted high-level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally. It does so by working with talented people and stimulating and supporting them in their professional and personal ambitions. The Faculty is housed in the beautifully restored Kamerlingh Onnes Building on the Steenschuur in Leiden. Working for the Leiden Law School means working in an inspiring scientific environment.

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) is part of the Leiden Law School. The VVI seeks to advance knowledge of the formation and functioning of legal systems in their social contexts, the impact of these systems on society and vice versa, their effectiveness in governance, and their contribution to development. The Institute adopts a socio-legal and global approach, doing research on law in the books and law in action in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. VVI staff teaches several socio-legal thematic and regional courses for both Dutch and foreign exchange students. In addition, VVI provides PhD supervision, advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/law/institute-for-the-interdisciplinary-study-of-the-law/van-vollenhoven-institute.