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PhD position in Legal History

The main task of the PhD-student will be to conduct investigations within the research project The Impact of Canon and Roman Law in Frisia: Continuity or …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


The main task of the PhD-student will be to conduct investigations within the research project The Impact of Canon and Roman Law in Frisia: Continuity or Discontinuity?, resulting in a PhD thesis. It will include a limited amount of undergraduate lecturing. For the performance of these tasks teaching modules will be applied.

The research is aimed at the reception of canon law and Roman law in the medieval Frisian law of the 15th century. In the Middle Ages Frisia had an autonomous tradition of indigenous law, characterized by a strong continuity. From the beginning of the 12th century Frisian monks set off for the newly established universities of Paris and Bologna to study law. From around 1400 the influence of learned law increased considerably. A text tradition emerged, that of the Excerpta Legum or Jurisprudentia Frisica, which fused together elements of indigenous Frisian law and learned law. The investigations of the PhD student will focus on this text tradition. How did this tradition come into being? Which were the sources used? Which concepts were problematic in the dialectical encounter of indigenous and learned law? To what extent was this tradition determinative for legal practice?


• A Master Degree in Law and/or History;
• Demonstrable affinity with legal historical research;
• Sound knowledge of Latin;
• Knowledge of Old Frisian or willingness to amess this knowledge within the first year of appointment;
• Capability of reading secondary literature in Dutch;
• Readiness to perform part of the investigations at the Fryske Akademy in Leeuwarden;
• Demonstrable good writing skills;
• Good analytical skills.


The appointment will be initially for one year. After satisfactory evaluation the appointment can be extended with at most another three years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at http://www.workingatvu.nl like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• a maximum of 41 holidays, in the case of full-time employment;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

The salary will be in accordance with VU University regulations for academic personnel and amounts € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,- in the fourth year, based on a full-time employment.

Additional information

For more information please contact Professor Jan Hallebeek, tel. + 31 20 598 6324, email j.hallebeek@vu.nl.

You are requested to write a letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae and an academic transcript (list of grades) from your BA and MA. Applications should be sent via e-mail before May 3, 2018 by e-mail to Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Law, M.J.J. van Raaphorst, operational manager, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Please record the vacancy number in the email header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.