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The Department of Public and International Law is part the University of Oslo Faculty of Law. Our researchers cover a great number of fields in public and international law and thereby related fields, such as constitutional law, administrative law, public international law, criminal law and procedure, civil procedure, environmental law, labour law, legal history, legal theory, refugee & asylum law, social law, tax law and women’s law.

Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law, Pluricourts

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Science at PluriCourts

About PluriCourts
PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Centre is based at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of the University of Oslo.

Co-Directors of the Centre are Andreas Føllesdal (professor in political philosophy) and Geir Ulfstein (professor in international law). The coordinator for the political science research at PluriCourts is Daniel Naurin (professor in political science).

The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of ICs. For more information about the general research agenda and PluriCourts, visit PluriCourts web site. Although PluriCourts is situated within the Faculty of Law, the Centre also maintains strong ties with the Department of Political Science at Oslo University.

Job Description
1-2 postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years in political science are available at PluriCourts, the multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

The postdoctoral researchers will contribute to PluriCourts’ research agenda, by studying the functioning, effects and legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs). We seek candidates with a background in judicial politics, international relations, comparative politics, political economy, public administration, or other relevant political science subfields. Previous experience with research on international courts is preferred, but not required. Perspectives originating in different political science subfields may fruitfully be applied to the study of ICs. Methodological skills (quantitative and/or qualitative) and comparative research designs are particularly valued.

Successful candidates will develop their own research agenda, in collaboration with colleagues at PluriCourts. Possible research topics include, but are not restricted to; 1) judicial independence and politicization of ICs, 2) compliance with and effectiveness of ICs’ decisions, 3) the effects of international judicialization on domestic politics, including redistribution of powers and resources between societal groups and actors, 4) judicial behavior and the impartiality of judges, 5) the selection and retention of judges, 6) the social legitimacy of international courts, 7) descriptive and substantive representation of men and women in ICs, and 8) interest group litigation and the role of law and courts as a legitimation strategy for achieving political goals.

The candidate may be assigned a 10% workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks.

Qualifications and Personal Skills
The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Oslo during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre, such as organizing workshops, contributing to seminars, co-authoring research publications, writing grant applications, etc.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the demonstrated ability of the applicant to conduct, publish and present high quality research at an international level. Furthermore, we will evaluate the quality of the project proposal, and how it contributes to PluriCourts’ research agenda.

Applicants must have received the doctoral degree prior to taking up the position.

Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary based on salary NOK 486 100, - to 567 100,- pr. year ( salary level 57-65)
  • An academically stimulating working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements
  • The city of Oslo – a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature

The electronic application should include:

  • A letter of application
  • A project proposal (maximum 3 pages) outlining how the applicant proposes to contribute to PluriCourts' research agenda
  • CV in English (maximum 2 pages) summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and any other qualifying activity
  • A complete list of published and unpublished works. If a co-authored work is included, the applicant's role must be made clear by a statement from the co-author.
  • The three most relevant published or unpublished works.
  • Contact details of at least two references from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 (Offentleglova), information about the applicant will be included in a list of applicants which will be made public, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at here.

Professor Daniel Naurin
Telephone: +47 22859480

Kontorsjef Øyvind Henden
Telephone: +47 22859432
Mobile: +47 97600690

Professor Andreas Føllesdal
Telephone: +47 22842036

Professor Geir Ulfstein
Telephone: +47 22 85 94 46
Mobile: +47 41 47 01 26

Job type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Application deadline:
25 January 2017
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