Endowed Professor of Human Rights Education. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Endowed Professor of Human Rights Education, with particular focus on women’s rights (0.4 FTE) Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Job description

As Endowed Professor of Human Rights Education you will study how human rights, in particular women’s rights, can best be given a place in education. In this respect, the leading question will be: Where and how can human and women’s rights best be addressed in academic and professional education? On the one hand, this means defining the relevant themes for a specific target group within the wider subject of human and women’s rights. On the other hand, it will also involve pedagogical and teaching questions: how can knowledge about human and women’s rights best be transferred in a way that takes root and has impact?

You will conduct scientific research into the embedding of human and women’s rights in primary and secondary education, as well as the embedding of human and women’s rights in education for specific professional groups, such as the healthcare sector, teacher-training programmes, and the police. This will result in at least one peer-reviewed publication and in professional journal articles with as wide a reach as possible. Furthermore, you will organize at least one training course on this subject each year. In addition, you will organize seminars and public gatherings, and you will supervise professionals who wish to conduct research in this field. You will develop a relevant national and international network for this purpose.

Your responsibilities also include initiating and supervising doctoral research as well as raising further funds in this area of research. You will also be expected to make an active contribution and to provide input in discussions concerning the curricula of relevant educational programmes in the Netherlands and in the rest of the world.

This chair is made possible by the Soroptimists, an organization dedicated to the promotion of human rights and improvement of the position of women and girls, thanks to a bequest left by Ms Carla Atzema Looman, a Soroptimist who dedicated her life to the fight for women’s rights. You will be expected to maintain contacts with the Soroptimists on a regular basis, and to invite them to your public speeches.


As a professor, you have:

  • A doctoral degree in human rights, educational science, or another relevant area;
  • Conducted relevant research and published on it in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • Demonstrable experience in the dissemination of research results among professionals;
  • Wide teaching experience with various target groups, and you are demonstrably considered an excellent teacher;
  • A relevant national and international network, or the willingness to build one;
  • The will and the skills to share the research results with policymakers;
  • Experience with the acquisition of research and other funding
  • A demonstrable affinity with women’s rights;
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to make, and maintain, contacts with colleagues in other disciplines, both in and outside the field of law in a stimulating way.


This is a part-time position (0.4 FTEs) for a period of five years. Your gross monthly salary will – depending on your relevant working experience and qualifications – be a minimum of EUR 5,219 and a maximum of EUR 7,599, based on a full-time appointment (scale H2 CAO/NU).

About Utrecht University

A better future for everyone. That is the ambition that drives our scientists in their top research and their inspiring teaching. At Universiteit Utrecht various disciplines work intensively together on socially relevant themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences, and Sustainability.

Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance is one of the large faculties within Utrecht University. The School of Law, which forms part of this faculty, is one of the oldest schools of Utrecht University, accommodated in a number of monumental buildings in Utrecht city centre, with some 3400 students and 350 staff members. The school has a wide range of disciplines, a versatile range of educational programmes, reputable research programmes, and an excellently equipped Legal Library.

‘Law in Utrecht’ stands for multi-dimensional research in the main areas of the law and for intensive and varied legal education in a small-scale academic society. Education and research primarily focus on the core areas of the law – private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, as well as international and European law – and their mutual relationships. The school wants to continue to play an active and distinctive role with innovative legal research into scientifically and socially relevant themes, and with challenging education, training students to be lawyers who can lead social change.

The chair is embedded in the International and European Law department of the School of Law, in particular the Human Rights Study and Information Centre, and is closely connected with the other schools of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. Furthermore, the professor will work closely together with University College Roosevelt in Middelburg. Middelburg is the location where the Four Freedoms Awards are handed out every other year, and UCR – as a UU honours college – considers education for global citizenship as part of its mission.

Additional information

The profile of the chair is available from Ms Lolita van Toledo, email: [email protected], tel.# +31 (0)30-253 75 13.

For further information on the vacancy, please contact the chairperson of the appointments advisory committee, Prof. Barbara Oomen, email: [email protected]


Please submit your application not later than 10 May 2016 to the Human Resources service department of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, using this form. Interviews will be held in Utrecht on 24 May 2016. Details from this advertisement are not to be used for marketing purposes.

The application deadline is 10 May 2016.

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