Tuesday, 3 June 2014

4 yr PhD funding in international health law/ human right to health & health equity Groningen

PhD position International Health Law (1.0 fte) (214180)


Groningen University Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law is a modern, internationally oriented institution with a four-hundred-year-long tradition. The Faculty of Law has over 3,600 students and almost 400 staff members and is thus one of the largest faculties of the University of Groningen. Its effective quality-control system ensures continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and research.
Department of International and Constitutional Law
The PhD candidate will be based at the Department of International and Constitutional Law of the Faculty of Law.

Job description

International health law is quickly developing into a branch of international law. There is a need for creating coherency among the existing standards so as to improve the implementation by all the stakeholders in the health field and to more effectively address the growing health inequalities within and between nations. The department's international health law programme focuses on the following topics:
  • international health law as an emerging field of public international law
  • health security threats, including emerging infectious diseases; armed conflicts and other man-made disasters; as well as environmental health problems, including the medical impact of climate change
  • the widening global and national health inequalities, and in relation to this the lack of universal access to basic health services, including family planning services; and the global increase in non-communicable diseases.
The researcher is also expected to make a contribution to our research into how international standards in the field of health, in particular human rights and equity standards, can best be applied at a domestic level (Right to Health Initiative - University of Groningen).
The language of this research project is English.


The ideal candidate:
  • has an advanced degree in law (preferably a master degree) with a specialization in public international law and human rights law
  • has an excellent command of the English language
  • is interested in conducting academic research in an international environment
  • has excellent writing skills
  • has good analytical and communication skills.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen is offering a salary of at least € 2,083 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2,664 (salary scale Dutch Universities) gross per month in the last year for a full-time position. The position is a temporary one for a period of 4 years and should be rounded off with an individual thesis. The appointment is conditional for a period of 12 months. If suitability is established on the basis of an assessment, the appointment will be confirmed for the remaining period. An average of 10% of the appointment time will be spent on the organisation of research activities of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance and the editing of academic publications in the English language.
The PhD student will participate in the Faculty training programme for PhD students and will draw up a personal training and supervision plan.
The Faculty offers the opportunity to attend international conferences and to participate in workshops and seminars.
The Department of International Law, where the PhD student will be based, is a Member of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research.
Starting date: academic year of 2014/2015.
You may apply for this position before 01.08.2014 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Interested applicants should submit:
  • a curriculum vitae and a list of marks or results from your first degree
  • a research proposal (with a maximum of 5 pages) in connection with (a sub-topic in the field of) international health law (see above).
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. The interviews will be held in September 2014.
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:
Dr. Brigit Toebes, +31 50 3635676, b.c.a.toebes@rug.nl

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