Erasmus University Rotterdam
2 PhD- & 3 Postdoc-positions for subprojects of the recently acquired ERC Consolidator project: ‘Building EU civil justice: challenges of procedural innovations bridging access to justice’ (EU-JUSTICE)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented research university with a strong social orientation in its teaching and research.
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Published: 14 days ago
Application deadline: Apr 14
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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2 PhD- & 3 Postdoc-positions for subprojects of the recently acquired ERC Consolidator project: ‘Building EU civil justice: challenges of procedural innovations bridging access to justice’ (EU-JUSTICE)

The ERC project EU-JUSTICE

Access to civil justice is of paramount importance for enforcing rights of consumers and businesses and protecting fundamental rights. Key issues in the current efforts to improve access to justice at the EU and national level are digitalisation of procedures, privatisation of justice (ADR), an increased possibility of self-representation, and specialisation of courts and procedures. This ERC Consolidator project investigates how digitalisation, privatisation, self-representation, and specialisation trends influence access to justice in the selected representative Member States, and what the repercussions are for the emerging EU civil justice system. Five important jurisdictions identified for this project are Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, and the United Kingdom (England and Wales).

For this project, Erasmus School of Law is looking for five researchers that have a passion for research, enjoy an international and multidisciplinary approach and environment, are independent thinkers ánd team players. The project is fully financed by the European Research Council under its ERC Consolidator scheme (funding ID 726032). While the financed project proposal is leading, the researchers will have the freedom to further develop their research project. The project is led by Prof. dr. Xandra Kramer (PI).

Project website: http://www.euciviljustice.eu/

PI website: http://www.xandrakramer.eu/ 

Requirements

1 Postdoc, 4 years – Subproject digitalisaton of civil procedure (ODR)

1 Postdoc, 4 years – Subproject privatisation of civil justice (ADR)

1 Postdoc, 3 years – Subproject self-representation

1 PhD candidate, 4 years (with probation period of 14 months) – Subproject digitalisation and ODR

1 PhD candidate, 4 years (with probation period of 14 months) – Subproject court specialisation

For required qualifications for each of the positions see attachment

Conditions of employment

These positions come with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The position of the two PhD-candidates begins with a temporary employment contract for 14 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. If the candidate is suitable, then an additional contract of 34 months follows, leading to a total appointment of 4 years. The salary of the PhD-candidates is in accordance with the doctoral candidate scale of the CAO NU. For a full-time appointment, the salary of the PhD-candidates is € 2,174 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to € 2,779 gross per month in the fourth year. The two PhD-candidates will take part in the educational programme of Erasmus Graduate School of Law (EGSL). Also, the support and evaluation structure of EGSL applies.

The position of the three postdocs starts also with a temporary employment contract, i.e. for 12 months. The salary of the postdocs is in accordance with the postdoc scale of the CAO NU. For a full-time appointment, the salary of the postdocs is € 3,400 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to € 3,756 gross per month in the fourth year.

In addition, the attractive employment package for each position includes an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, generous leave provisions for a healthy work-life balance, a good pension scheme, excellent options for collective insurance, and a provision for the use of the Internet at home. The employee may also use a number of campus facilities, such as sports facilities and the library.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years (probation of 12/14 months)

Department

Brief description subprojects

Subproject 1: digitalisation and ODR (1 postdoc and 1 PhD position)

This subproject focuses on the digitalisation of civil procedure and the conduct of court proceedings in the context of access to justice. It consists of normative, comparative and empirical research and aims at developing a normative framework for accessible civil procedures that meet the demands of procedural justice. The PhD project will focus on the implementation and the functioning of the ODR Regulation in the selected Member States with a view to improving access to justice and is also closely connected to subproject 2 on ADR.

Subproject 2: privatisation (ADR) (1 postdoc position)

This postdoc project studies the privatisation of justice (in particular consumer ADR) in the EU and the selected Member States in particular. It gives a critical appraisal of the gains for and threats to access to justice and the judicial system as a whole on the basis of normative, comparative, and empirical research. It will provide a framework and define the parameters for further development of a sustainable ADR mechanism in the EU along with the existing consumer-oriented small claims court system.  

Subproject 3: self-representation (1 postdoc position)

This postdoc project will scrutinise the self-representation trend against the background of access to justice. On the basis of normative, comparative and substantial (primarily qualitative) empirical research, it will evaluate how self-representation changes procedural dynamics between courts and parties as well as the repercussions for the effectiveness of litigation and procedural justice as components of access to justice.

Subproject 4: court specialisation (1 PhD position)

This PhD project investigates the court specialisation trend focusing on commercial courts in selected Member States. On the basis of desk and field research it will assess the contribution of specialisation to access to justice and give recommendations. As a counterbalance to commercialisation, it will take into account the role of small claims (consumer) courts and will interact with the increase in ADR

The start date of the project will probably be 1st September 2017 at the latest.

Additional information

More information about Erasmus University and Erasmus School of Law can be found on www.eur.nl/ and www.esl.eur.nl/. Information about the educational programme of EGSL can be found on https://www.esl.eur.nl/egsl/doctoral_programme/educational_programme/. See also the PhD Guide on https://www.esl.eur.nl/fileadmin/ASSETS/frg/ESL_Research/EGSL/EGSL_PhD_Guide.PDF 

For more information about the project, please contact Prof. mr. dr. X.E. (Xandra) Kramer at kramer@law.eur.nl or +31104081628

For more information about the selection procedure and provisions for applicants, please contact Dr. Henk Bolk, manager Human Resources a.i., at bolk@law.eur.nl or +31104081603

Your application must be written in English and should be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation, including information on your present situation (max. 2 pages)

  • CV, including in particular information on    

  • Education + diplomas

  • Grades, grants, prizes      

  • Publications, where possible with links to online open access sources

  • Names and contact information of at least two referees

  • Experience abroad

  • Proof of your degree, including grade transcript of your Master study (PhD-candidates) or doctorate (postdocs)

  • Sample of your own work (e.g. thesis, paper, published article)

  • For the postdoc positions: a draft research outline and agenda of maximum 1000 words on the subproject you prefer to take up.

  • It is possible to apply for more than one project, but please clearly indicate in your letter if you do so.

If you apply for one or more of these position, please explicitly mention the vacancy number. The vacancy numbers are:

Postdoc subproject 1 digitalization of civil procedure (ODR): AT-134572-10.03
Postdoc subproject 2 privatization of civil justice (ADR): AT-134573-10.03
Postdoc subproject 3 self-representation: AT-134574-10.03
PhD subproject 1 ODR: AT-134575-10.03
PhD subproject 4 court specialisation: AT-134576-10.03

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