Doctoral Scholarship in Human Rights Law

University of Antwerp Faculty of Law

Department: Faculty of Law

Regime Full-time

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The Law and Development Research Group in the Faculty of Law is looking for a full-time doctoral scholarship holder in the field of human rights law.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of socio-economic human rights and equality. Human rights law may make a distinctive contribution to socio-economic distribution. Yet, it has thus far not shown as much interest in socio-economic inequality as in status inequality, and may also not be optimally equipped to tackle equality in socio-economic distribution. This project seeks to future-proof human rights law by making it more (pre-)distributive by design. In particular, it will focus on strengthening the equality principle in human rights law in order to address socio-economic inequality within countries.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Law and Development Research Group and the Faculty of Law.


  • You hold a Master degree in law or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You have a particular expertise in socio-economic rights, equality law and/or questions of socio-economic distribution.
  • You have a keen interest in North-South relations.
  • You are a team player, are accurate in your work and eager to learn.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will do most of your work at the City Campus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 9 August 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV and a full research proposal in English of 5 to 10 pages that includes the following headings: ‘state of the art’, ‘research objectives and questions’, ‘methodology’, ‘table of contents’, ‘work plan’ and ‘bibliography’.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following dates: 25 August 2021 (interview).
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Professor Dr Wouter Vandenhole (

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