Post-Doctoral Fellowships at Pluricourts

1-2 postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years in political science are available at PluriCourts, University of Oslo. We are looking for applicants who will contribute to PluriCourts’ research agenda, by studying the functioning, effects and legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs). We seek candidates with a background in judicial politics, international relations, comparative politics, political economy, public administration, or other relevant political science sub-fields.

Successful candidates will develop their own research agenda, in collaboration with colleagues at PluriCourts. Possible research topics include, but are not restricted to; 1) judicial independence and politicization of ICs, 2) compliance with and effectiveness of ICs’ decisions, 3) the effects of international judicialization on domestic politics, including redistribution of powers and resources between societal groups and actors, 4) judicial behavior and impartiality of judges, 5) the selection and retention of judges, 6) the social legitimacy of international courts, 7) descriptive and substantive representation of men and women in ICs, and 8) interest group litigation and the role of law and courts as a legitimation strategy for achieving political goals.

Salary level 57-65 (NOK 486 100 to 567 100 pr. year)

Application deadline is January 25, 2017. Read the full announcement here:

Job Posting at iCourts- Talented women especially encouraged!

Associate Professor or Professor in International Law or European Law with Focus on International Courts

The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is seeking applications for a position as Associate Professor or Professor of international law or European law with focus on international courts. The position includes research-, teaching- and administrative responsibilities. The position is available immediately.

The Associate Professor or Professor will be affiliated with iCourts – the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts.

More information on the job can be found here:

Application deadline
The application must be uploaded by December 5, 2016.

Great opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship!

These positions are more generally focused on global governance, but a case can be made for focusing on the role of international law and international legal institutions within this project.

Three post-doc positions on legitimacy in global governance
The research program “Legitimacy in Global Governance” (LegGov) invites applications for three two-year post-doctoral appointments. The positions will be placed in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Lund (Sweden), with a planned starting date of January 1, 2017.
LegGov is a six-year collaboration (2016-2021) among researchers from the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm Universities, and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. The program is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond with Professor Jonas Tallberg as lead coordinator and Professors Karin Bäckstrand and Jan Aart Scholte as co-coordinators.
For more information about the research program and the three positions, see Application deadline: June 30, 2016.

How is your elevator speech? ICourts/Pluricourt Summer School for Phd students June 20-24, 2016

Applications are due April 1 for the ICourts and Pluricourts  PhD Summer School on International law: Courts and Contexts. This week-long intensive training focuses on professional development, including explaining your dissertation project in a concise yet general way, developing and defending your methodological approach, framing your project to interest diverse audiences, reflecting on your writing and outreach strategies, and building a professional CV.

Morning sessions feature presentations from senior faculty member who reflect on their research strategies, methods and trajectories.  Afternoons include working sessions focused on your dissertation project.  The Summer School takes place in lovely Copenhagen, and includes sight seeing and networking. It is a blast, although exhausting (if only because the sun sets very late in the summer!)

Learn more, including how to apply, here. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation. iCourts will offer up to 5 travel scholarships. Space is limited, and admission is competitive.





The Variable Authority of International Courts

The peer-reviewed journal Law and Contemporary Problems has just published a 314-page special issue edited by Karen Alter, Laurence Helfer and Mikael Rask Madsen. This long-term project, launched at iCourts and involving numerous staff and close collaborators of the Centre, realizes iCourts’ ambition to build theory by comparing the real-world experiences of different international courts (ICs).

The special issue offers the first systematic empirical exploration of the authority of the ten most active ICs. Each article, authored by leading scholars in law, political science and sociology, analyzes how IC authority varies over time, by issue area, and within and across member countries.  The contributors apply the framework developed by the co-editors in the introductory article, “How Context Shapes the Authority of International Courts.”  The key question addressed in the special issue is how to explain the wide variation in the de facto authority of ICs.  Specifically, which contextual factors lead some ICs to become active and prominent judicial bodies that cast a rule-of-law shadow beyond the courtroom, while others remain moribund or legally and politically sidelined?

A number of authors explain how international judges have influenced the environment in which they operate. But the symposium collectively suggests that contextual factors beyond the control of judges may be equally if not more influential, limiting the ability international judges to transform de jure into de facto legal authority.

The articles focus on well known ICs (CJEU, ECtHR, ICC, WTO, ICJ, ICTY) and less well known regional courts in Latin American and Africa (OHADA, EACJ, IACtHR, CCJ.) A book version, to be published by Oxford University press, will include commentaries and  additional chapters focusing on the Andean Tribunal, the SADC, and ECOWAS courts.


Funded Doctoral Studies at iCourts

iCourts is a  Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research
Foundation. Its research focus is on the ever-growing role of international courts, their place in a globalizing legal order and their impact on politics and society at large.

iCourts particularly welcomes research projects that deal with:

  •  Comparative analysis of the embeddedness of international courts in different political and social systems, considering the perceived legitimacy and/or the legal and political conflicts faced by international courts in different national systems;
  • Comparative analysis of the impact of regional international courts on regional integration processes, especially in less explored settings in Africa and Latin America;
  • The interaction between regional courts with jurisdiction over either human rights, or economic matters in settings with overlapping regional and international legal regimes;
  • The interaction between regional courts and the highest courts of contracting parties and/or global courts such as the ICJ, ICC, and WTO Appellate Body;
  • The transformations of global governance and the role that international courts play in constitutionalizing legal regimes, examined via an empirical and/or theoretical analysis of the organization of public authority in pluralist/federal/hierarchical/non-hierarchical settings;

Students must have a masters degree in hand before beginning the program. Closing date for applications is 28 January 2016. Details on the requirements and application process are available here.