Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Science at PluriCourts - Univeristy of Oslo

  • Phd
  • Fully Funded
  • 25 January 2017

PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Centre is based at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of theUniversity of Oslo
The postdoctoral researchers 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 subfields. Previous experience with research on international courts is preferred, but not required. Perspectives originating in different political science subfields may fruitfully be applied to the study of ICs. Methodological skills (quantitative and/or qualitative) and comparative research designs are particularly valued.
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 the 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.
The candidate may be assigned a 10% workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks.


The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Oslo during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre, such as organizing workshops, contributing to seminars, co-authoring research publications, writing grant applications, etc.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the demonstrated ability of the applicant to conduct, publish and present high quality research at an international level. Furthermore, we will evaluate the quality of the project proposal, and how it contributes to PluriCourts’ research agenda.
Applicants must have received the doctoral degree prior to taking up the position.
Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview at the University of Oslo.


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• Salary based on salary NOK 486 100, - to 567 100,- pr. year ( salary level 57-65) • An academically stimulating working environment • Favorable pension arrangement• Attractive welfare arrangements • The city of Oslo – a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature

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