The University of Antwerp (UA) seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Faculty of Law:
Researcher on Power Sharing and Human Rights
The successful candidate will be the lead researcher on the two year research project A human rights approach to power-sharing as a tool of conflict resolution in Africa. He/she will work under the supervision and coordination of Prof. Koen De Feyter, Professor of International Law, and Dr. Stef Vandeginste, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). The project will be part of a new research line run by the Law and Development research group of the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp.
The project aims at scientifically analyzing the technique of power-sharing – which has increasingly been used as a component of contemporary peace agreements – from a human rights perspective. It seeks to understand the substantive and process related constraints and opportunities a human rights approach offers to negotiated settlements of situations of internal armed conflict. An empirical and a normative perspective will be combined. Dealing with a subject matter that strongly relates to questions of law and politics, the research will inevitably look beyond the black letter of the law.
More specifically, the successful candidate will conduct research on the basis of two country related case-studies (out of the following list of countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda; the selection to be made taking into account the candidate’s profile), two human rights dimensions (state obligations related to the accountability of perpetrators of human rights violations and the right to self-determination, in particular as it applies to the exploitation of natural resources) and the policy and practice of two intergovernmental actors frequently involved in peace processes in Sub-Sahara Africa (the United Nations and the African Union). Research findings will be presented at an international expert seminar and submitted for publication to international peer reviewed journals.
The ideal candidate
holds a Master degree in law and a specialization in human rights or law and development;
has two years of relevant research experience;
has considerable expertise on the countries and/or human rights dimensions and/or intergovernmental institutional frameworks referred to in the above job description;
is interested in pursuing doctoral research for which this two year research project offers a useful preparatory stage and for which he / she will try to obtain external funding;
has excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;
is able to work independently and as a team member.
The vacancy is for a full-time position for two years. Standard salaries and social security provisions as offered at Belgian universities apply.
Candidates must send an application letter, including a CV, a list of publications and the contact details of two reference persons. Deadline for applications is 1 October 2010. The successful candidate will be notified by 1 November 2010. The expected commencement of employment is 1 January 2011.
Send your application letter to Prof. Koen De Feyter, University of Antwerp (UA), Faculty of Law, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium (firstname.lastname@example.org). For further information, please contact Dr. Stef Vandeginste on email@example.com or 32 3 265 52 97.