Deadline for applications is 9 April 2023.
The vacancy is for a full-time (with option of 80%) postdoctoral researcher for at least 18 months (based on 1.0 fte) on an inter-university research project on accountability for human rights violations. The research project, ‘Future-proofing human rights: Developing thicker forms of accountability, is based at four universities in Flanders (Ghent University, Hasselt University, University of Antwerp, Free University of Brussels) and its current team is composed of 6 supervisors and 7 researchers.
The cooperating institutions are looking for someone with a PhD degree in social and political sciences, law, anthropology or a related discipline; and with demonstrable expertise in the domain of human rights and accountability, particularly the interdisciplinary study thereof.
The selected postdoc will engage in conceptual analysis of the notion of human rights accountability on the basis of a wide range of insights and findings to emerge from the ongoing research project (ie. the work packages of 7 other researchers who have been working on the project since 2021), with a view to offering a thicker, more encompassing, and more actor-oriented understanding of accountability that facilitates better human rights protection for those most in need.
About the project: This project revisits the questions of what counts as a human rights violation, who holds human rights duties and how to actually deliver human rights accountability, in the context of pressing and complex challenges. Harnessing the legal, sociological, anthropological and criminological expertise of the consortium’s members, it aims to find resources and strategies for thicker human rights accountability within human rights law, from other domains of law, and beyond the legal realm.