PhD Position: Legal-Philosophical Research about the Tourist and Migration Law

Are you interested in empirical analysis of migration law and in legal theory? And would you like to work in a vibrant team of scholars forming one of the largest migration law research groups in Europe? Please apply at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Location: Amsterdam
FTE: 0.8/1.0

Job description

You will study the regulation and legal philosophical imagination of international mobility focussing on the figure of the tourist, in comparison with the asylum seeker. The tourist and the asylum seeker exemplify two sides of contemporary global mobility: one is smooth and efficient, whilst the other is rough and irregular. In research we often forget to relate these two forms of mobility to one another when thinking about justifications for and restrictions of the freedom of movement. Some have the freedom of movement to travel without many restrictions, others are stuck in immobility. This PhD-research will provide the first comprehensive research analysing the regulation and political imagination of the mobility of the tourist from a European perspective. The project will be supervised by prof. Hemme Battjes and dr. Martijn Stronks.

Your duties

  • learn to independently conduct high-quality research, culminating in PhD thesis;
  • collaborate with researchers within and outside the ACMRL;
  • conduct empirical legal analysis of the European regulation of the mobility of the tourist and legal theoretical and philosophical scrutiny of the imagination of the tourist;
  • contribute to teaching in our bachelor- en masterprograms.


  • a law degree, or demonstrated experience with legal doctrinal analysis;
  • a keen interest in migration and mobility, legal argumentation and concepts;
  • a demonstrated high degree of self-discipline;
  • excellent analytical skills
  • experience with academic writing; and
  • experience or affinity with interdisciplinary research, particularly legal/political philosophy and empirical legal studies;

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2.770 per month during the first year and increases to €3.539 per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • space for personal development
  • contribution to commuting expenses

Are you interested in this position? Please use this link to find the application procedure and more information about the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Applicants are expected to upload:

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter explaining why you would like to do this PhD
  • transcripts of grades of master degree
  • writing sample

Apply before May 13, 2024. Job interviews are planned for 16 May 2024, the PhD-candidate must be available to start with the research no later than July 1st, 2024.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Martijn Stronks
Position: Associate Professor
Telephone: +31 20 59 8341