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1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in International Refugee Law is available, to undertake research as part of the project Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon. The project is funded by the European Research Council. The candidate will work closely together with the principal investigator of BEYOND, Prof. Maja Janmyr at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law.
The period of appointment runs for three or four years. A four-year fellowship requires that the candidate can contribute to the current teaching needs of the Faculty of Law and that pedagogical base competences are acquired as part of the 25% teaching duties. Logg inn for å se kontaktinformasjon
BEYOND reconsiders the impact of international refugee law by developing a global and empirically driven theoretical framework for understanding the behavior and position of states that have chosen not to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention. While most states of the world are parties to this Convention, important refugee-hosting states remain non-signatories. These states are generally seen as ‘exceptions’ to international refugee law, and it is the aim of BEYOND to shed crucial, empirically grounded light on, and to question, this prevailing assumption. The project is concerned with the following main questions: 1. What is the influence of the Refugee Convention in non-signatory states?; 2. How do these non-signatory states engage with and help create the international refugee law regime, i.e. the instruments and institutions of refugee protection with the Refugee Convention and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as cornerstones?
BEYOND takes both a broader perspective that historically and politically seeks to situate these non-signatory states within the international refugee law regime, and a more focused perspective that grounds refugee protection in lived experiences and local initiatives. The project has strong empirical components and focuses on four case study countries: Lebanon, Turkey, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The candidate will play a lead role in the in-depth study of Turkey, and will undertake both desk-based and field-based research, in particular legal doctrinal research, empirical legal research (qualitative) in Turkey and at UN institutions in Geneva, and archival research (as appropriate).
The candidate will develop an independent research project with a focus on Turkey, and will author at least 3 single-authored articles for publication in leading peer-reviewed academic journals. Themes to explore could include, but is not limited to: Turkey’s geographical limitation to the Refugee Convention in a wider historical context of major legal and political developments; Turkey’s role in key forums of the international refugee regime, e.g. UNHCR’s Executive Committee and in developing the UN Global Compact for Refugees; the execution of UNHCR’s mandate of international protection in Turkey. In order to analytically engage in BEYOND’s overall questions, the candidate is expected to also engage with the interdisciplinary scholarship focusing broadly on the spread of human rights norms internationally, and, more precisely, on the scholarship on transnational legal processes. Historical and critical perspectives are particularly welcome.
The candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. They will take part in group activities with the core project team, such as seminars and workshops and other dissemination activities as per the project plan. In addition to the independent research, the candidate will assist the PI in fashioning and editing a collection of contributions on BEYOND’s research theme, supporting both the backgroundresearch, authors’ workshops and the editing process. As appropriate, the candidate may also be expected to co-author publications with one or more team members of BEYOND. The core project team consists of the Principal Investigator (PI), Prof. Maja Janmyr, Post-doctoral Research Fellow 1 (this vacancy), Post-doctoral Research Fellow 2, and PhD Research Fellow. The candidate will also get the chance to build an international network and to engage with key scholars in this field, who are part of the project’s Advisory Board.
The parts of the BEYOND project description relevant to this position can be accessed on request from the PI. Interested candidates are strongly advised to consult these before writing their project description.
The application must include:
Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.
The tentative starting date is Spring 2022.
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No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.
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