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Postdoctoral Fellow - Rule of Law Workgroup - CLOSED

Our Rule of Law Workgroup is looking for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with an excellent record of publications and international collaboration on the rule of law, strong familiarity with ongoing international and European (CJEU and/or ECtHR) litigation, and political developments in this field. The position combines academic research, organizational and clinical tasks. Apart from pursuing cutting-edge research on the rule of law, the fellow will assist with consolidating an innovative interdisciplinary network of scholars affiliated with the workgroup. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a keen interest in networking and institution building, as well as practical (clinical) rule of law engagement. The position will be based in Budapest, Hungary, with international travel as required for the role.

Responsibilities and opportunities:

  • contribute to the research activities of the workgroup with their own scholarly undertakings,
  • assist in engaging the international research network of the workgroup, join research incubation, organize academic and public events,
  • take advantage of the CEU Democracy Institute’s multidisciplinary academic community, and engage with other working groups,
  • help with institution building efforts, contribute to the development of new research projects and funding proposals,
  • join an international team of experts in the future clinical endeavors of the workgroup,
  • collaborate with the Review of Democracy, our online journal.


  • A doctorate (Ph.D. / S.J.D.) in law required, as is an ambitious research agenda, an excellent track-record of leading relevant publications and evidence of collaborations in the field.
  • Experience with clinical legal work is an advantage.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English.
  • Proficiency in a source language relevant for primary research (Polish) is an advantage.


We offer a competitive compensation package as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The contract is for two years, with the possibility of renewal.


Applicants need to submit:

  • CV (maximum 5 pages), including a list of relevant publications;
  • Statement on envisioned individual research and institutional activities, in view of the research agenda of the Rule of Law Working Group;
  • Two recent English-language papers, chapters, or manuscripts that best represent their research;
  • Names and contact details of three scholars who could supply recommendation letters in case the candidate is shortlisted for the job. The referees will be contacted by CEU.

Please send your complete application package as one single pdf file to – including job code in subject line: 2023/015

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of the Rule of Law Workgroup.

Application deadline: February 15, 2023

Starting date: April 1, 2023 (exact date negotiable)

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 recognizes 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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