4 Phd Fellowships (Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice)

Employer Ghent University
Deadline 14. January 2019
Type Full time
Location Belgium
Level Entry-level (0-2 years experience required)


Ghent University, Department of European, Public and International Law is seeking to fill four fully-funded PhD fellowships as part of the research project “Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice”.

The research project is a multi-disciplinary and multi-method study of the effects of victim participation in transitional justice processes.  The cases under consideration are Cambodia, the DRC, Tunisia and Guatemala. The aim is to map best practices that allow for more victim-oriented approaches to, and understanding of, transitional justice processes.

The main objective of the project is first, to conduct a systematic empirical analysis of the scope, nature and role of victim participation in transitional justice processes.  Secondly, to develop the critical victimology framework that is currently missing, and finally, to establish how this framework can be used to conceptualise victim participation in ways that contribute to transitional justice’s goal of engendering just, stable and secure societies.

PhD candidates will be required to spend about three months per year in the post-conflict country that they are studying in order to engage in participant observation, carry out interviews, collect documents, do focus groups and set up experimental designs.

In order to be eligible, applicants must have a master’s degree in law, social and political sciences, anthropology or a related discipline at the time of application or be able to demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by July 1, 2019.  Fluency in English is required.

Applicants who meet the following conditions will be ranked higher during the assessment procedure: good knowledge of the field of transitional justice, victim-oriented approaches or related fields relevant to the project; good knowledge of (at least one of) the other language(s) relevant to the preferred case study; experience with fieldwork, ideally in post-conflict settings, or specifically in one of the four case studies; experience with either ethnographic methods (such as participant-observation, interpretive research design); large-n analysis or legal analysis – and ideally a combination of these; pre-existing networks relevant to the research and fieldwork.

In addition, candidates are expected to have the ability to work independently and, in a team, have excellent academic writing/presentation skills and be able to manage deadlines.

Please refer to the website for full details of the project and instructions on how to apply.

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About the author

Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.