Student assistant Amsterdam Law School

Amsterdam Law School

14 juni 2018
€1,958 to €2,283 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
6 juli 2018
7,6 hours per week

The University of Amsterdam’s Law School prides itself on its international orientation and strong social commitment. This is reflected by both its research and educational activities. The Amsterdam Law School (ALS) offers three Bachelor’s programmes and a variety of Master's, some of which are taught exclusively in English (i.e. International and European Law, European Private Law, International Criminal Law, and Law & Finance). The Amsterdam Law School prepares students for a wide variety of legal careers including law firms, government, business and industry, the national and international judiciary, public service, human rights advocacy, and academia. With 3,700 students and over 400 staff members, it is one of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Law School is located in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Law School is offering a position for a student assistant in the NWO-funded project ‘Judges in Utopia: Judicial law-making in European Private Law’, coordinated by Prof. Chantal Mak. The project is conducted within the framework of the Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL), one of the centres of excellence of the University of Amsterdam. The CSECL aims to promote high-quality research and education on European contract law. Its research programme focuses on the interplay between the European, national and international laws of contract.

Project description

Political-philosophical calls for ‘more Europe’ as a response to the economic crisis reveal the lack of civic solidarity underlying the project of European integration. Echoes of this debate inform the judicial application of the rules facilitating market integration, most importantly rules of private law (contracts, property, liability). The concept of social justice endorsed at EU level continues to significantly diverge from national concepts. The interplay of ideas of justice has not yet resulted in a lasting constitutional settlement that is able to reconcile conceptions of the ‘common good’ pursued in European society. Consequently, judges struggle to align national social rights with European market freedoms in cases concerning private-legal transactions.

While the analysis of the ‘social deficit’ in European private law has long followed a critical, deconstructive approach, this project takes a constructive turn. It aims at developing a (partial) normative theory of judicial rulemaking for the field of European private law. First, it analyses the implications of theories of European constitutionalism and philosophical theories of deliberation for judicial reasoning in this area. The focus lies on the potential of fundamental rights to deliberate value-choices in judicial rulemaking in the field of private law. Within this general framework, in-depth studies will be conducted of:

  1. the interplay between principles of law in the multi-level order of the EU and its Member States, and
  2. the guaranteeing of effective remedies on the interface of EU and national private laws.

Combined with the continuous input of an Expert Group, these studies will feed into the elaboration of a normative theory that (a) reconceptualises the role of judges in today’s Europe, especially in their relation to the legislature, and (b) provides them with methodological guidance for the identification and integration of views on the ‘common good’ in the resolution of private legal disputes.

You will:

  • assist the researchers working on this project in finding and analysing relevant case law and literature on specific topics within the project’s framework;
  • actively contribute to the project, under supervision of the researchers participating in the project;
  • participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops and joint publications, that form part of the project.


If you are the candidate we are looking for, you have:

  • completed the first year of law studies at start of the employment;
  • an interest in European private law and, ideally, also its theory;
  • ideally also some knowledge of international and European public law;
  • an excellent command of Dutch and English (written and spoken);
  •  an interest in cross-disciplinary research and the ability to work in a team.

Further information

To discuss the position informally, please contact:


The appointment will be for a period of 11 months. The appointment preferably commences on 1 September 2018. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for student assistants at Dutch universities, i.e., ranging from €1,958 up to €2,283 gross per month based on 38 hours. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

To apply please submit the following items in PDF format to, attn. Prof. Chantal Mak:

  • motivation letter;
  • CV and
  • grade transcripts.

Please include vacancy number 18-349 in the subject line.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 6 July 2018. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam