Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Fellowships, Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law (Faculty), University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for two or three positions as postdoc within the research area of one of the Faculty’s research centres - iCourts (the Center of Excellence for International Courts). The positions are available from 1st February 2016, and for duration of two (2) years. Start date is negotiable under special circumstances.

About iCourts

iCourts is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. Its research focus is on the ever-growing role of international courts, their place in a globalizing legal order and their impact on politics and society at large. To understand these crucial and contemporary interplays of law, politics and society, iCourts has launched a set of integrated interdisciplinary research projects on the causes and consequences of the proliferation of international courts. In particular, the research agenda of iCourts explores the processes of institutionalization, autonomization and legitimation of international courts. By bringing together a transnational group of top scholars with a background in law and the social sciences, iCourts encourages interdisciplinary exchanges, and promotes empirical research of new and well-established international courts.


Applications should include a proposal for a research project to be completed during the post-doctoral period.

For this call, iCourts particularly welcomes research projects that deal with:

  • Comparative analysis of the embeddedness of international courts in different political and social systems, considering the perceived legitimacy and/or the legal and political conflicts faced by international courts in different national systems;
  • Comparative analysis of the impact of regional international courts on regional integration processes, especially in less explored settings in Africa and Latin America;
  • The interaction between regional courts with jurisdiction over either human rights, or economic matters in settings with overlapping regional and international legal regimes;
  • The interaction between regional courts and the highest courts of contracting parties and/or global courts such as the ICJ, ICC, and WTO Appellate Body;
  • The transformations of global governance and the role that international courts play in constitutionalizing legal regimes, examined via an empirical and/or theoretical analysis of the organization of public authority in pluralist/federal/heterarchical/non-hierarchical settings;

Required qualifications

The position requires academic qualifications such as a PhD, JSD or equivalent degree in law or in another social science discipline, such as for example political science, sociology, history or international relations by the end of 2015.

Due to iCourt’s English speaking environment, all candidates are expected to be fluent in written and spoken English.

iCourts encourages applications from candidates with a track-record of excellence and a proven interest for the study of how law and legal institutions shape contemporary global governance.

Selection criteria

During the overall assessment, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s research and teaching potential. Within the assessment process, special emphasis is placed on the applicant’s ambition to develop and implement new research ideas, which have an international impact.

The Faculty places further emphasis during the assessment process on the applicant’s interest and preferably, prior experience, in working with other researchers to conduct collective research and teaching activities and welcomes the applicant’s proven ability to make a valuable contribution in this regard.

Salary and terms of employment

The fellowship is a full time temporary appointment for duration of two (2) years.

The appointment is based on the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikernes Centralorganisation, AC). In addition to the basic salary, an annual increment of DKK 50.372,03 (as of 1 April 2015) is paid. Furthermore, a total contribution to your pension fund, equal to 17.1% of your salary and annual increment, is paid.

The positions include research, teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Application date
27 Oct 2015
Date of residence
1 Feb 2016
2 years
Europe Denmark
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available