Assistant Professor in European Law, Brexit Institute and School of Law and Government

Dublin, Ireland
17 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
12 Mar 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Brexit Institute and School of Law and Government

  • Fixed Term Three Year Contract


Dublin City University (www.dcu.ie) is a research-intensive, globally-engaged, dynamic institution that is distinguished by both the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. DCU prepares its students well for success in life, and in the workplace, by providing a high-quality, rounded education appropriate to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. As Ireland’s University of Enterprise and Transformation, DCU is characterised by a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and a track-record of effective engagement with the enterprise sector, including commercial, social and cultural enterprises. Excellence in its education and research activities has led to DCU’s consistent position in the rankings of the world’s top young universities.

The Brexit Institute

The DCU Brexit Institute, which was founded and is led by Professor Federico Fabbrini, is Ireland’s only and Europe’s first centre established to analyse Brexit from a research and policy perspective. Since its establishment in 2017, the Brexit Institute has become one of the most reputed forums for debates on Brexit and the future of Europe, producing a significant amount of scholarly output (including a book series on “The Law & Politics of Brexit” at Oxford University Press), and engaging at a high level with governments, businesses, and civil society. The Brexit Institute, which is generously supported by corporate sponsorships from AIB, Grant Thornton and GSK Stockmann, runs a number of international projects, including a three year EU-funded Jean Monnet Network called BRIDGE (Brexit Research and Interchange on Differentiated Governance in Europe).

The School of Law and Government

The School of Law and Government offers programmes in Law both at undergraduate and graduate level, including a BCL (recognised by the Honorable Society of King's Inns as an approved law degree), a BA in Economics, Politics and Law, law as a Joint Honours BA subject, a LLM, and a PhD programme. In particular, the School also offers a MA in European Law & Policy. The School has a particular interest in socio-legal studies and promotes interdisciplinary research, through the DCU Law Research Centre. The School is committed to high quality research, expects its staff to publish regularly in leading journals and supports its staff in such work.

Role Profile

Dublin City University intend to appoint an Assistant Professor in European Law, to begin on 1 September 2021, who will be working jointly at the Brexit Institute and the School of Law & Government. We especially welcome candidates with a strong international research profile. The successful individual will be expected to work within the Brexit Institute, carrying out research, policy and administrative activities, and at the same time to teach EU-law related modules within the School of Law & Government.

The School also offers excellent opportunities for candidates to teach within their own area of research specialisation and to supervise PhD candidates. The School is committed to high quality research, expects its staff to publish regularly in leading journals and with leading university presses and supports its staff in such work. We have led research programmes supported by the Irish Research Council, the EU and other national and international funders.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants for the positions must hold an honours degree, should be qualified to a post-graduate level, and have completed a doctoral qualification in law.

The successful individual will have an excellent research and publications record. They must have appropriate higher-level teaching experience. The successful individual should be capable of working in a team and contributing to developing the teaching and research agenda within the School, as well as supporting the School’s fund-raising activities through grant applications.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not restricted to, the following:

Teaching and Learning

The successful individual will be required to contribute to the development, teaching, assessment, and administration of our modules across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes:

  • To include the design and delivery of modules on the School’s suite of law programmes,
  • The design and delivery of other interdisciplinary modules, where appropriate,
  • Supporting and evaluating students on placement visits and writing reports,
  • Contributing to the design, development, and management of future programmes and other developments in the field of law,
  • Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate theses.

Research and Scholarship

The successful individual will be committed to high-quality research and publication in the field of EU law generally, and Brexit specifically, on an individual and a collaborative basis.

The successful individual will be expected to:

  • Publish articles in leading peer-review journals and/or books with high-profile publishers;
  • Develop and support research initiatives with the Brexit Institute, School Law and Government and the wider university;
  • Apply for grants to contribute to the Brexit Institute research agenda; and

Service and Contribution to University and Society

The postholder will have particular role in promoting and managing the activities of the Brexit Institute, including:

  • Contributing to the organization of research and policy events
  • Managing initiatives of the Brexit Institute, including research projects, the working paper series, podcasts, MOOCs and the blog series
  • Contributing to fund-raising on behalf of the Brexit Institute
  • Developing the online resources of the Brexit Institute
  • Engaging with the policy-makers and the media,
  • Participating in school and university meetings,
  • Developing relationships with stakeholders within and outside the University.

Mandatory training

The postholder will be required to undertake the following mandatory compliance training: Orientation, Health & Safety, and Data Protection (GDPR). Other training may need to be undertaken when appropriate