Assistant Professor in Human Rights

Application deadline date: 
January 15, 2023
Starting date : 
September 1, 2023

Starting date: September 2023

The Department of Legal Studies at the Central European University (CEU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in human rights. We seek a colleague with an active research agenda in human rights and a strong track record, or potential, in research and teaching. The Department values interdisciplinary research and practical experience.

The Department of Legal Studies provides advanced legal education in human rights, comparative constitutional law and global business law and regulation. Our students are encouraged to see complex legal and social problems in their broader context and seek solutions across continents and disciplines. They benefit from an interdisciplinary environment, while gaining in-depth understanding of the law. For more information, please visit

We particular welcome applications from candidates with expertise and experience in the regional human rights systems in the Americas or in Africa, and/or human and fundamental rights in the global South. Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas is an asset: human rights advocacy and litigation; (empirical) research methods in human rights, human rights theory and critical approaches, and/or environmental and climate justice.

Duties and responsibilities:
The successful candidate is expected to engage in research in the above-mentioned areas and to teach and advise at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level. Courses on all these subjects are expected to take place in interactive class settings. The language of instruction is English.

For a more detailed description of duties and responsibilities of faculty at CEU, please consult the CEU Academic Staff Handbook available electronically at

Candidates must have a law degree and a PhD focused on human rights. Candidates with teaching and supervision experience as well as candidates with professional experience in their field of expertise are particularly encouraged to apply.

The appointment will be in Vienna.

What we offer
We offer a competitive gross salary of 62,500 EUR/year as well as additional benefits (e.g. pension plan). The initial contract is for six years. Contracts are renewable and can be turned into indefinite contracts depending on the outcome of the review.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV (10 pages max.)
  • Cover letter (2 pages max.), addressing expertise and experience in the above-mentioned areas
  • Teaching evaluations (where available)
  • A list of courses candidates are prepared to teach
  • A sample of scholarly writing (in English)
  • Contact information for three references

We do not ask for reference letters at the first stage of application; the referees of short-listed candidates may be contacted for references at a later stage.

Please send your complete application package to: - including the job code in the subject line: 2022/094

CEU is an equal opportunity employer and values geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups. Since CEU strives to increase the share of women in professorial positions, given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset.

CEU recognises that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can assess an applicant’s academic record fairly in the context of their circumstances. Any declaration of personal and family circumstances is voluntary and will be handled confidentially and only considered in so far as it impacts on the academic career of an applicant.

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About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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