Postdoctoral Researcher – International Human Rights Law (f/m/div)


The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school offers master’s programmes, executive education and doctoral programmes, distinguished by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, as well as outstanding research. Its extensive international network positions it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major funder. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.

We seek to fill the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher - International Human Rights Law (f/m/div)

full-time (40 hours per week).

The contract shall commence as of 01 February 2023 and is limited until 31 January 2026. The successful candidate will be funded by the Deutche Forschunggemeinschaft (DFG) and will be affiliated with the Hertie School’s Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Your tasks:

  • Develop and deliver, in close collaboration with Professor Çalı, the Principal Investigator of the DFG Grant ‘Deep Impact through Soft Jurisprudence? The Contribution of United Nations Treaty Body Case Law to the Development of International Human Rights Law’ a workplan for individual and collective research outputs to meet the DFG research grant aims for the duration of the contract;
  • Engage in advanced legal research at a post-doctoral level on leading cases in UN human rights law using doctrinal comparative legal methods
  • Contribute to the joint publications of the DFG research and also publish individually  within the scope of the grant. 
  • Support the organisation of and participate in various DFG workshops and dissemination activities
  • Support the development of a blog on UN human rights case law
  • In conjunction with the PI, support the other research team members
  • Participate in and present research at internal and external workshops, conferences, and other events;
  • Actively contribute to the academic life of the Centre for Fundamental Rights

Your profile:

  • PhD (or equivalent) in international law, and an excellent potential for academic achievement.
  • Excellent knowledge of international human rights law treaties and institutions, comprised of UN human rights treaties as well as regional human rights treaties and institutions.
  • Excellent demonstrable skills in doctrinal comparative case law analysis 
  • Keen interest in UN human rights treaties and the case of law the UN human rights treaty bodies
  • Keen intertest in comparative legal methods
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

Please submit your application portfolio by using the button below. The deadline for full consideration is 16 October 2022.

Your application must include:

  • a CV
  • a cover letter describing your research plans, interest and fit with the call
  • two writing samples
  • names and contact information of at least two academic references

Please contact Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law | Co-Director, Centre for Fundamental Rights, for further information about the position.

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