Research Assistant (Part Time)

The H2OLAW Project hosted by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies has a vacancy for a: Research Assistant (Part Time) Vacancy number: 14561
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Leiden University


Key responsibilities
  • To conduct research, writing and editing tasks as required for the H2OLAW Project, which is led by Dr Hilde Woker and Dr Jason Rudall;
  • To collaborate with H2OLAW team members to ensure the smooth execution of all project-related activities;
  • To assist with the organisation of events related to the H2OLAW Project;
  • To perform administrative tasks as required for the efficient functioning of the H2OLAW Project and to ensure project deliverables;
  • To assist in a collegial way with any other research or work of the project leaders.

The H2OLAW Project
Both the law of the sea and fresh water law are characterised by important law-science interfaces. For example, scientific information is critical to determining thresholds of environmental harm and managing the equitable division of resources. Legal frameworks must respond to new scientific and technological developments in order to remain just and relevant. In practice, however, the encounter between these two fields presents many challenges given the apparently incommensurable characteristics of law and science.

Although both the law of the sea and fresh water law regulate the use and protection of water bodies, and whose law-science interfaces have regularly faced analogous challenges, they are rarely analysed or researched together. H2OLAW aims to explore the synergies, common and intersecting environmental challenges at the law-science interface of these two fields. Examples of cross-cutting issues are pollution, climate change, and the protection of biodiversity. The purpose of this project is not to research law-science interfaces in these two fields discretely, as has traditionally been the case, but rather to approach the research questions from the point of view of a legal framework applicable to water, be that salt or fresh water, recognising in turn the conceptually, environmentally and biologically integrated nature of these resources.


Your profile
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Has successfully obtained or is presently enrolled in a post-graduate degree in public international law;
  • Demonstrated research, writing and editing skills;
  • A strong sense of initiative and proven organisational as well as time-management skills;
  • Dedication and commitment to the objectives of the H2OLAW Project as well as those of the Grotius Centre;
  • An ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team.


Leiden Law School
With over 5,000 students and 650 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 and 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.


What we offer
Candidates will be appointed as a Teaching and Research Assistant 3 for a period of 6 Months and the position is part-time (0.5 FTE). The salary will be in accordance with scale 8 of the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities.

The principal place of work is Leiden.

The intended starting date is 1 May 2024.

Meer informatie

Information on Leiden University employment conditions: www.medewerkers.leidenuniv.nl.

Enquires specific to this opportunity can be made to Dr Hilde Woker (h.j.woker@law.leidenuniv.nl) and Dr Jason Rudall (j.t.p.rudall@law.leidenuniv.nl).