Thursday, February 5, 2009

Job Opening: Dundee (Chair)

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee is looking to appoint a Chair in International Law to replace the late Professor Thomas Wälde. Here's the advertisement:

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) is the leading international institution for research and post-graduate teaching in its areas of expertise, and attracts some 160 post-graduate students per year from across the world to its Masters and Doctorate Programmes. CEPMLP provides extensive professional training and consultancy for international agencies, governments and multinational companies.

CEPMLP's research agenda is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary in nature and international in scope. Its research reputation is based on the quality of research in the field of law. Current legal research relating to energy, minerals and natural resources includes international investment law and dispute resolution, international trade law, international environmental law, international energy and mining law, European energy and environmental law, and international human rights law. A current priority is to expand our capacity in the field of climate change law.

The unexpected death of Professor Thomas Wälde has created the opportunity to recruit a lawyer of international standing to play a leading role in CEPMLP's research and teaching activities. The successful applicant is likely to have both academic and practical experience in one or more fields of international law relevant to CEPMLP's activities and will be expected to play an active role in the winning and leadership of research grants.

The post

The post holder would be expected to undertake the following duties:

  • Playing a leading role in the research activities of CEPMLP, especially those relating to law, winning substantial research grants and publishing at the highest academic level.
  • Teaching courses relating to international law on CEPMLP's Masters degree programmes and supervising Masters students.
  • Supervising PhD students.
  • Acting as an academic mentor to junior members of academic staff in the post holder's field of expertise.
  • Enhancing CEPMLP's international reputation through participation in international activities of different types, including those which influence policy at national or international level.
  • Taking a leading role in the development of professional training seminars in the post holder's field of expertise.
  • Carrying out certain administrative duties related to their teaching and research activities.


The suitable candidate is likely to have a combination of the following characteristics:

  • A first degree and a research degree (PhD or equivalent) in law.
  • At least fifteen years professional experience, of which a substantial proportion should be as an academic or researcher.
  • At least ten years experience in the field of international law, preferably in the fields of energy, environment or natural resources.
  • An international reputation in their field of expertise which is commensurate with their age.
  • A track record of influence in policy-making at national or international levels.

Please contact Professor Philip Andrews-Speed for further information.

Further details and an application pack are available from our website: Alternatively, contact Human Resources, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN, tel: (01382) 384817 (answering machine). Please quote Reference number: ASS/2538/X.

As part of the recruitment process, the University requires that a Disclosure Scotland check is undertaken for this position.

Closing date: 31 March 2009

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.