Last application date Jul 15, 2020 23:59
Department RE22 - Department of European, Public and International Law
Employment category Doctoral fellow
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master’s degree in law or a relevant social sciences discipline - for a PhD position / PhD in law or a relevant social sciences discipline - for a post-doctoral researcher position
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy Type Research staff
We are seeking to fill one full-time position as part of the ERC-funded research project “DISSECT: Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication” (ERC-AdG-2018-834044).
This position will be filled at either doctoral or post-doctorate level, as appropriate in view of the CV and experience of the selected candidate. If the position is offered for doing a PhD, the post is for 48 months. If the selected candidate is a post-doctoral fellow, the post is for a maximum of 36 months (or less if the fellow is able to complete the project in a shorter period).
If you apply for a PhD position, you will have a MA in Law (or possibly a relevant Social Sciences discipline).
If you apply for a post-doc position, you will have a PhD in Law (or possibly a relevant Social Sciences discipline).
The postholder will become a member of the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Law and Criminology.
As part of a research team that explores together evidence in international human rights adjudication, your task will be to investigate, from both a legal and a social perspective, the evidence regime developed at the African Court of Human and People’s Rights.
You will have good prior knowledge of the Court’s case law and use and extend it in order to identify legal issues such as the burden and the assessment of proof. You will conduct fieldwork including interviews with judges, legal representatives, applicants and other parties, in order to explore the concrete conditions of the evidence regime.
You will devise methods of enquiry in collaboration with the other members of the research team (who are pursuing different but nonetheless related objects of enquiry) and share your findings with the research team on a regular basis.
If you are a doctoral candidate, you will write a PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Dembour. If you are a post-doctoral fellow, you will write academic publications under Professor Dembour’s mentorship. You will also attend academic conferences and participate in the dissemination of the findings of the research project.
English will be your main language of work.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BROADER RESEARCH PROJECT
Evidence is at the heart of adjudication, and adjudication at the heart of the international protection of human rights. Yet evidence in international human rights (IHR) adjudication remains to be comprehensively studied.
DISSECT captures the evidentiary regimes in place in the world’s three regional human rights courts and in UN human rights quasi-judicial bodies. It sets itself four main tasks:
1. To examine from a purely legal perspective the formal and informal rules and practices (‘regime’) which govern the treatment of evidence in IHR djudication.
2. To examine the political underpinnings and uses of the IHR evidentiary regime.
3. To identify ‘best’ and ‘worst’ practices and generate specific recommendations for use in IHR adjudication.
4. To develop new insights on evidence, truth and power and thus to create a new strand in Critical Legal Studies.
DISSECT’s overall intention is to support international human rights adjudicatory bodies who are always at risk of losing their legitimacy if they cannot demonstrate that they are acting logically, consistently and fairly. It also seeks to benefit victims of human rights abuse who seek international redress without knowing exactly what evidence is required of them.
Current concerns about ‘alt-truth’ and ‘truth decay’ make DISSECT’s subject of enquiry particularly timely.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
The following attributes are also highly desirable:
In addition to these project-specific elements, candidates are expected to:
To apply, please send, in one single pdf file and in the listed order, the following documents:
This one-file document is to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The subject line of your application email message should be written in the form of:
Application – AFRICAN COURT – [your name]
As an illustration, this could read:
Application – AFRICAN COURT - Marie-Bénédicte Dembour
The deadline for submission is 15 July 2020.
For inquiries, please contact prof. dr. Marie-Bénédicte Dembour at email@example.com
For more information on the recruitment procedure, see https://hrc.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DISSECT-African-Ct-vacancy-20200513.pdf
See Q&A document for additional information: https://hrc.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/QA-Dissect-African-Court-vacancy.pdfContinue reading
|Title||PhD Student - Department of European, Public and International Law|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Published||May 14, 2020|
|Application deadline||July 15, 2020|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Human rights,   International Law,   Legislative Studies,   International Relations  |