Last application date Oct 05, 2022 00:00
Department RE22 - Department of European, Public and International Law
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master of Laws and/or Criminology (Final-year students are encouraged to apply as well)
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY
Ghent University is a top 100 university. It is one of the major universities in Belgium and one of the largest universities in the Dutch language area. Over the course of its 200 year history Ghent University has built up a strong scientific reputation. Our 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offer a broad spectrum of high-quality research-based educational programs and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Several of our research groups, centres and institutes are renowned worldwide and you will find many eminent scientists among our alumni, including multiple Noble prize winners. Employing more than 8,000 people we are a socially committed and pluralistic University that is open to all students, regardless of their ideological, political, cultural or social background. Our credo is ‘Dare to Think’, challenging everyone to question conventional views and to dare to take a nuanced point of view.
ABOUT THE FACULTY OF LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY
The Faculty of Law and Criminology provides academic teaching and services based on innovative scientific research. The education within these programs is supported by the innovative scientific research performed within the 3 faculty departments encompassing all possible disciplines within the fields of law and criminological sciences. The Faculty is housed in the historic centre of Ghent.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME FOR STUDIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CONTEXT
Human Rights in Context is embedded within the Faculty of Law and Criminology and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. The Programme was founded at the initiative of Prof Dr Yves Haeck and Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera.
Our research vision is to conduct studies on the promotion, advancement, and respect of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. We reflect on how international human rights bodies function, and how to inspire better interaction between domestic and international law within its wider social and political context. Main features of the research include a comprehensive approach to public law and the high value placed on comparative law. The research is grounded in theory, and is often based on extensive fieldwork.
Our research goals reflect the Ghent University slogan 'Dare to Think', and we approach the research with a drive for lifelong learning. The research programme aspires to provide a critical space in academia for creating and sharing knowledge based on rigorous scientific research. In that sense, we see ourselves as scholars working in three spheres: research, research-led teaching, and service within and beyond Ghent University. For more information on the project and the research team, see https://www.humanrightsincontext.be
Assessing the Impact of Urgent Measures in Protecting At-Risk Detainees in Latin-America (IMPACTUM) is a large-scale research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (GAP-101044852) and hosted at Ghent University (Belgium). The project is directed by Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (PI) and aims to examine from an interdisciplinary perspective the impacts of urgent measures adopted by international human rights bodies to protect persons deprived of liberty in six Latin-American countries. This project combines research methods including desk research with (qualitative) empirical research methods.
ABOUT YOUR TASKS
Within the ERC-funded project (IMPACTUM) 2 full-time doctoral scholarships are offered for a period of 1 year each but can be extended to max 4 years based on a positive evaluation.
You will be a member of an interdisciplinary team consisting of legal scholars, criminologists and political scientists. Your task will be (1) to conduct research leading to a Ph.D on the impact of urgent measures and (2) to work together with the PI and the team on the implementation of the project.
We are particularly looking for 2 team members, namely one with a background in criminology (PhD1) and one with a background in law (PhD2) with interest in Latin-American studies, prisons and/or human rights, experience in analytical tasks, trained in qualitative research; and with a passion for communication.
The following tasks will be expected:
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Background and experience
Scientific knowledge and skills
Personal knowledge and skills
You are ready to relocate to Belgium as the main place of residence for the time of the contract, and to spend period(s) of time abroad for fieldwork as appropriate.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
To apply, please send the following documents no later than 5 October 2022, at 23:59 (Central European Time - CET). We do not accept late applications!
Your application must include the following documents:
Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.
Applicants are asked to submit these documents as one pdf labelled
Via e-mail to Clara.BurbanoHerrera@UGent.be with the email subject line
Prior to the interview, shortlisted applicants will be asked to prepare a presentation. The interview will consist of the presentation followed-up by a Q&A.
During the selection interview, the quality and relevance for this position of the academic and practical experience of the candidates will be assessed.
As Ghent University maintains equal opportunities, equal treatment and equal access and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position. We ensure an objective and non-biased assessment procedure. Origin, ethnicity, gender, age, employment disability, sexual orientation and other identity factors will not be a factor in assessing the competences. Candidates who self-identify as belonging to vulnerable or minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Any candidate who may require special facilities should indicate this in their application, and we will try to accommodate their request.
Please contact the principal investigator (PI) of the project, Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera, if you have further questions about this position and the vacancy: Clara.BurbanoHerrera@UGent.be
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