Monday, May 19, 2008

PhD project: towards an effective and sustainable legal aid system

PhD student
(Noord-Holland), 38 hours per week University of Amsterdam

Job description


The Legal Aid Chair was created by the Legal Aid Board and
will cooperate closely with the Legal Profession
Management Chair. Research conducted by the Legal Aid Chair focuses on state
financed legal aid as a policy instrument to guarantee access to justice.
Politicians, academic researchers and legal aid providers have been preoccupied
by this theme for over fifty years in the Netherlands and abroad.

At a
certain point in time, the Netherlands was thought to have the best legal aid system in the world. Still today, the
country enjoys a well-established and relatively comprehensive system. However,
the ideological enthusiasm of the legal aid movement has waned somewhat. From a
business perspective, providing legal aid is considered part of state policy.
The financial viability of the system - in times of prosperity and recession -
is a recurrent and as yet unresolved issue. Chair and the Legal Aid

PhD project: towards an effective and sustainable legal aid system

The project focuses on the issue of which system or type of system would offer
the best prospect of a substantively effective and financially viable access
guarantee to justice.. To this end, studies
and/or contrasting legal systems are in progress, focusing on how the relevant
policy and legal issues are formulated. While design is an important premise,
actual implementation is considered in drawing up a list of strengths and
weaknesses for each system. into a number of largely similar



University Graduate
Candidates are expected to enclose a brief research proposal with their letter
of application. Candidates should either be law graduates
social science research, or social science graduates with an interest in case
law research. with an interest in



University of Amsterdam Faculty of
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a
university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of
the Dutch capital. As well as a world center for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of
cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member
of the League of European Research Universities.

The Faculty of Law is located in the heart of Amsterdam, has an
international profile and a high degree of social commitment. Both qualities
are expressed in its research and educational
law faculties in the Netherlands,
comprising 3,600 students and 350 employees. scope. It is one of the largest

Conditions of employment


Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: see below
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
The appointment is initially for the duration of one year, with the prospect of
a three-year extension, leading to a Ph.D. degree. The monthly salary is €1867,
rising to €2394 in the final year. The position offered is full-time. However,
a part-time appointment for five years, amounting to 32 hours per week, may be
negotiated. Training and supervision plans setting out the research and
teaching obligations will be agreed upon with the successful candidate.

Additional Information


Additional information about
the vacancy can be obtained from:
prof. Mr. M. Westerveld
E-mail address:

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.
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You can apply for this job
before 29-05-2008 by sending your application to:
University of Amsterdam, Managing Director of the
Faculty of Law
Dr P.M. Kwantes
P.O. Box 1030
1000 BA
E-mail address:
Letters of application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae
and a research proposal, must be submitted before the 29th of May 2008,
preferably by e-mail to ´´, or by regular mail to the
Managing Director of the Faculty of Law, dr. P.M. Kwantes, University of
Amsterdam, Attn. Personnel and Organization department, P.O. Box 1030, 1000 BA
Amsterdam. Please mark the letter as ‘strictly confidential’. Amsterdam

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number
AT 08-4011.

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