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Postdoctoral researcher


The Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences is a prominent research institution in law in the Czech Republic. Its mission is to contribute to the development of international and Czech law by conducting independent fundamental research, policy-oriented research, and applied legal research. The institute is dedicated to building a strong research community and creating an environment that facilitates a critical-constructive understanding of the law and its institutions. In recent years the Institute has undertaken a number of internationally oriented initiatives that have contributed to the development of a sizeable international community of scholars who collaborate on a regular basis with the Institute.


The institute invites applications for a:


Doctoral / Postdoctoral researcher (full-time) in the following areas:


Projects aiming to shed light on complex questions concerning the impact of globalisation on the law especially in such areas as: the transnational application of legal obligations; constitutional conflicts between different legal orders; the emergence of new actors in international law; the relevance of moral and justice-based responsibility for legal regulation; questions of responsibility which arise beyond the established legal jurisdictions.


We are interested in researchers who work within the foundational areas of legal scholarship (legal theory and philosophy, constitutional theory, the theory of international law, the theory of private law) but also those who work in any of the doctrinal areas, provided that their research would aim to promote a reflective understanding of legal institutions, either by advancing contextual analysis, or by engaging in systematic enquiry into the normative grounds of legal obligations.


Preferably available from 1st of January 2017.




As an early-career researcher you are expected to:


develop and execute high-level research projects independently;

publish in the top international journals;

participate in international seminars and conferences;

coordinate development and execution of research projects in collaboration with other researchers;

have an active interest in other work in the research group and enjoy contributing to the research community;

contribute to funded research projects and their acquisition.





Candidates are expected to meet the following requirements:


a demonstrated track record of or strong potential for top academic publications;

capacity to work in the collaborative environment of an international research community;

strong and relevant international network;

fluency in English; preferably knowledge of another foreign language;

demonstrable organisational and communicative skills;

willing to compete to attract external funding for research projects;

quality-oriented, conscientious, cooperative and creative, result orientated.




This appointment will be originally for the period of one year. Extension of the appointment for an additional year is subject to satisfactory performance after the first year.


Salary scale: According to the regulations of the Czech Academy of Sciences, remuneration depends on the actual level of education, experience and knowledge. Postdoctoral researchers in the Czech Republic are public employees with generous benefits.


The employees of the Institute for State and Law have access to a generous internationalisation fund that supports research related travel and accommodation within the Czech Republic and abroad



Please submit your current CV, a cover letter in which you explain your motivation, a written piece of max. 8000 words (e.g. a published paper), two letters of recommendation in pdf, and a short research proposal (2000 words max), which sets out questions you would like to investigate in the context of our research framework and linked to the particular research-strand mentioned, locates these in the relevant literature and indicates the method you intend to use to answer the research questions indicated. Deadline for application is 15th of October 2016.


Further information can be obtained from petr.agha@ilaw.cas.cz


Your application, which will comprise all of the above, must be submitted in English to ilaw@ilaw.cas.cz

Franz Weyr Fellow Seminar: What is left of the European Economic Constitution?
Christian Joerges
April 2nd

For registration please contact agha@ilaw.cas.cz.
A spectre is haunting Europeanists. The spectre is German ordo-liberalism, allegedly inspiring the crisis management which the Union’s most powerful Member State orchestrates through the imposition of budgetary discipline and austerity politics. The spectre is accompanied by another story of German descent, albeit a more comforting one: the “social market economy”, the social model of the young Federal Republic, a successful synthesis between an efficient (now: “highly competitive”) market economy and social justice in the formative phase of the Federal Republic which was allegedly incorporated first into the Draft Constitutional Treaty of the European Convention and then the Treaty of Lisbon (Art. 3(3) TFEU) European commitment pace Article, allegedly inspired by Germany’s post-war social model but now betrayed by its turn to austerity politics. Both narratives are flawed. Precisely the flaws a re nevertheless instructive. Contrary to prevailing perceptions, the European monetary union was no “economic constitution” in the ordo-liberal sense. What the Maastricht Treaty has institutionalised was instead a “diagonal conflict” which is resistant legal rule. The turn to an authoritarian managerialism in the European crisis can be deciphered on that background. The new modes of economic governance with their focus on financial stability and competiveness have also deconstructed what was held to be the “European social model”. Europe seems to be exposed to a state of emergency. If that is an adequate characterisation, we have to find out how it may be possible to regain a constitutionals condition. 
Christian Joerges is a part-time Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), a Research Professor at the Law Faculty of Bremen University and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics. Until 2007 he held the chair for European Economic Law at the European University Institute Florence. He has published extensively on the Europeanization of private and economic law, transnational risk regulation and governance structures. His Darker Legacies of Law in Europe (ed. with Navraj Ghaleigh, 2003) received 28 reviews. His most recent publication is The European Crisis and the Transformation of Transnational Governance. Authoritarian Managerialism versus Democratic Governance (ed. with Carola Glinski), Hart Publishing 2014. 
Graduate Colloquium at the CeLAPA
Topic: European Integration
Chair: Christian Joerges
April 1st
We are pleased to invite you to attend the CeLAPA Graduate Colloquium. The Colloquium takes place on the 1st of April at the Institute of State and Law, Národní 18, Praha at 10:00am. For registration please contact: agha@ilaw.cas.cz

Rober Alexy Inaugural Lecture "A Non-Positivistic Concept of Constitutional Rights"
(respondent Prof. Pavel Hollander)
December 17th, 2014

For registration please contact: agha@ilaw.cas.cz


Franz Weyr Fellow Seminar: The Experience of Judgment
Julen Extabe 
(respondent Zdenek Kuhn)
December 4th 

For registration please contact agha@ilaw.cas.cz

Graduate Colloquium at the CeLAPA
We are pleased to invite you to attend the first CeLAPA Graduate Colloquium. The Colloquium takes place on the 11th of November at the Institute of State and Law, Národní 18, Praha at 10:00am. For registration please contact: agha@ilaw.cas.cz

Call for abstracts - The Law and Ethics of Age Limits - Czech perspectives 
Convenors: Adam Dolezal (Institute of State and Law, Research Unit for Medical Law and Bioethics ) and Axel Gosseries (Louvain and Franz Weyr Fellow, CeLAPA)
Workshop co-organized with Louvain University
Jan 15th

This workshop will aim at discussing specific uses of age limits in law and practice, in employment, pensions, insurance, health care, etc. Papers involving a a detailed analysis and a critical discussion of specific practices, will be especially encouraged, as well as comparisons between age limits against the young and against the elderly, between labour practices and health practices, etc. Priority will be given to paper focusing at least in part on the Czech and Slovak contexts, although sumissions that don’t have this dimension will also be considered.
6 papers will be selected by the convenors through a blind-review system.
Potential contributors from Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Demography, Politics, etc  should send a title and provisional abstract by NOVEMBER 10 to Petr Agha (petr.agha@centrum.cz).
The workshop is open to both junior and senior researchers.