Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Philosophy or Legal Theory on the legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals

University of Oslo


Up to two 2 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order.
The postdoctoral researchers will study international courts and tribunals (ICs) concerning one or more of the research topics addressed by PluriCourts: the multidimensional legitimacy standards  which include multilevel separation of authority, independence and accountability, performance and comparative advantages. PluriCourts also aims to identify best practices and models to establish, improve or abolish ICs. For important detailed information about the research agenda and PluriCourts, visit PluriCourts' research plan.

The research will apply methodology from the fields of philosophy, political theory and/or legal theory, with a slight preference for applicants in political philosophy or political theory.

Qualification and Personal skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) in law, philosophy or political theory/political science.
  • To be eligible, the applicant must have submitted his/her doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. The doctoral degree must have been received prior to taking up the position.
  • Proficiency in English is required. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English.
  • In addition to the academic qualifications of the applicants, assessment will be based on the quality of the project description, how it contributes to PluriCourts’ research plan, and the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame, as evidenced by the application.
  • 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 book editing, writing grant applications, lecturing at seminars, etc.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.


  • Salary from NOK 552 800 to 615 900 pr.nnum as Postdoctoral Fellow (position code 1352)
  • An academically stimulating working environment
  • Travel funds
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


  • Letter of application
  • Project proposal (maximum 3 pages) which shows how the project will contribute to PluriCourts' research plan and a time schedule for the planned work.
  • CV in English (maximum 2 pages) summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and any other qualifying activity.
  • Complete list of published and unpublished works. If a co-authored work is included, the applicant's role must be made clear.
  • Copies of educational certificates and diplomas. Foreign diplomas must be provided in the original language as well as in an English translation. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university grading system.
  • The PhD dissertation or equivalent academic material and up to 50 pages of other published works if the applicant regards these as relevant. If the publications are written by more than one author, the applicant’s role must be documented with a coauthor declaration All documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language, unless other agreements has been made with the Faculty of Law.
  • Copies of grades and transcripts. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Names and contact details for at least two references.
  • All materials should be delivered electronically.

Contact information

Professor Andreas Føllesdal

Siri Johnsen, Administrative manager of PluriCourts

Date de candidature
2 years
Humanités : Philosophie, théologie et religion
Sciences sociales : Droit, Science politique