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Two Postdoctoral Research Positions @ Kent Law School

Attention early career scholars! Here is an exciting opportunity from Kent Law School:  2 X 2 year postdoctoral posts for independent interdisciplinary research.

The deadline for applications is November 22. 

From the job posting:

Are you an early career scholar, carrying out ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in law?Kent Law School are offering a unique opportunity for 2 Postdoctoral Researchers to join their school. These posts are open to applicants in all social sciences and humanities disciplines, whose research is relevant to work carried out at Kent Law School.
You will conduct independent, ground-breaking interdisciplinary research; publish high-quality publications in your domain of expertise; apply for external funding and participate in the academic and community life of the Law School. You will also receive support from an experienced mentor.These positions are offered on a full time basis for a fixed term period of 2 years.
To be a Postdoctoral Researcher you will need to:

  • Develop and conduct high quality independent interdisciplinary research
  • Apply for external grant funding
  • Extend, transform and apply interdisciplinary knowledge acquired from research, through activities including public engagement, internationalisation, and internal and external collaboration.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Track record of excellent, independent interdisciplinary research
  • An excellent record of publications commensurate with career
  • A well-defined and original research and personal development plan

Kent Law School

Law degrees have been taught at Kent since 1967, and over the years the Law School (KLS) has established a reputation for critical innovation in legal education and research. While our modules and programmes are fully engaged with doctrinal analysis, much of our teaching and research also seeks to address the social, historical, economic and political contexts within which law operates.

KLS has seen significant expansion in recent years. There are now around 1600 students studying on law programmes, including about 220 on 10 different LLM programmes, and up to 50 postgraduate research students. There are currently 55+ academics, including 15 professors. There are also 25 support staff within the School, as well as a Law Librarian and additional library staff devoted to law.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 23 October 2015

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2015

Interviews are to be held: 9 December 2015

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Caren Ward on c.s.ward@kent.ac.uk.

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

In addition, please also submit a substantive piece of writing, indicative of your research. This should normally be a journal article or book chapter, but may also be a chapter from your PhD.

See here for the original posting with links to the full job description.

What are you waiting for?


Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at UBC: PostDoc Affiliation

fisheye image of UBC from the airTime in Vancity + vibrant feminist community + brand spanking new law school building + mountains + ocean.....

UBC Centre for Feminist Legal Studies Postdoctoral Affiliation, UBC Law at Allard Hall University of British Columbia  Vancouver, Canada

The UBC Centre for Feminist Legal Studies (CFLS) welcomes inquiries from feminist legal scholars who are applying for postdoctoral fellowships and who are interested in pursuing their postdoctoral research at the UBC Faculty of Law and being affiliated with the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies.

The CFLS offers a vibrant feminist community to successful postdoctoral applicants, including the opportunity to participate and to present research in the weekly CFLS lecture series, invitations to lectures and other events, opportunities to develop research collaborations and mentoring relationships with faculty members, and the possibility of giving guest lectures in courses offered by the Faculty of Law. Postdoctoral fellows are welcome to use the CFLS resource library as well as UBC Law’s excellent law library.  The CFLS cannot provide funding support. Our website is at: http://www.law.ubc.ca/cfls/index.html .

The Centre can assist in identifying an appropriate supervisor. Please consult the information on our affiliated faculty members and let us know if you have questions:


Applications will be assessed according to:

a.      Evidence of connections between the applicant’s research plan and the expertise of members of the CFLS

b.      Evidence of past scholarly and related accomplishments of the candidate, in particular, those that advance knowledge in the field of feminist legal studies

c.      Evidence of contributions that the applicant would make to the CFLS community, if successful.

Preliminary applications should be sent to cfls@law.ubc.ca. They should include:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae (including list of publications)
  • Sample of published work
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Funding application for UBC-administered fellowship or copy of funding application to external source (or, if you have not yet applied, your plans for obtaining funding)

Your cover letter should explain the focus of your postdoctoral research and address the assessment points outlined above.

Applicants are expected to be doctoral students in the last year of their doctoral studies. If the Centre agrees to support your application, it will also have to be approved by the Faculty of Law. Please consult the general Faculty of Law requirements at: http://www.law.ubc.ca/graduate/p-programs-postdoctoral.html.


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The Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at UBC.

Stu Marvel (Osgoode PhD Candidate) gets postdoc with the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative

Osgoode expat Stu Marvel, now resident in the city she calls “Hotlanta,” has accepted a 2 year post-doc through Emory Law’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative.

As a grad student, Stu taught here as an adjunct.  Here is her page on Academia.edu (are people using this service?).  She’s going to be working on

queer fertility law and the biokinships of assisted reproduction

I think that is admirably succinct.   I offered her 140 characters, that leaves 76 more!  Here’s more about Stu’s doctoral work, from her academia.edu page:

Stu’s doctoral research relies upon an empirical study of LGBTQ families across Ontario and their use of assisted reproductive technologies, and seeks to develop new legal frameworks for queer kinship and fertility law.

Asked for a book, movie or music recommendation, Stu said that we should all see Pina (pref in 3d).  I’ve put it first so you don’t miss it.

The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative under Prof. Martha Fineman is an institutional umbrella at Emory and houses a variety of projects across the university. One of these is the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, a long-standing program founded by Prof. Fineman in the early 1980s to fulfill three main objectives:

  • To provide a means to introduce scholarship that applies feminist theory and methodology into legal debate, legislative reform movements, and the broader academic community through publication of the conference papers
  • To support and encourage feminist scholarship on gender and legal equality issues that analyze the differential impact of law on women and men, and to consider also in this regard differences that exist or arise between differently situated women
  • To provide a forum within which feminist theorists can present their work and receive feedback from other scholars who share a common theoretical perspective and methodology


The FLTP also hosts visitors, and generally is something you should find out about if you are interested in finding a community of Feminist Legal scholars.    The VHC is a more recent initiative that frames Prof. Fineman’s earlier work through the paradigmatic concept of “The Vulnerable Subject” (for instance The Vulnerable Subject and the Responsive State. Emory Law Journal, Vol. 60; Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 10-130):

The concept has evolved from those early articulations, and I now think it has some significant differences as an approach, particularly in that a focus on vulnerability is decidedly focused on exploring the nature of the human part, rather than the rights part, of the human rights trope. Importantly, consideration of vulnerability brings societal institutions, in addition to the state and individual, into the discussion and under scrutiny. Vulnerability is posited as the characteristic that positions us in relation to each other as human beings and also suggests a relationship of responsibility between state and individual. The nature of human vulnerability forms the basis for a claim that the state must be more responsive to that vulnerability and do better at ensuring the “All-American” promise of equality of opportunity.” (from: The Vulnerable Subject and the Responsive State)


Stu heartily recommends reading these pieces and joining the conversation through the VHC symposium series. I hope to have more on these options coming soon as we make use of Stu as an international bridge for feminist/gender related/queer scholars.

Great Opportunity: Osgoode Catalyst Fellowship (Post-Doc)

The Osgoode Catalyst Fellowship program will serve as a bridge to a legal academic career for one or more scholars each academic year.

Osgoode Hall Law School is committed to equality and diversity.  We especially welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBT candidates.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, and we encourage candidates to self-identify in their initial applications. Please click here for more information on the application process.

The Osgoode Catalyst Fellowships are designed to bring to Osgoode emerging scholars who have a demonstrated interest in a career in law teaching, and to support and mentor scholars who will enhance the diversity of the profession.  Fellows will be given the opportunity to present a faculty seminar with the aim of preparing a major article for publication, to pursue an active affiliation with one of our research centers, and to teach a course at the Law School.

Promising candidates should commit to being in residence at the Law School for a full academic year.  Fellowships may also be awarded for a semester. Fellows should not be degree candidates at Osgoode Hall Law School or any other school during the term of the fellowship.

Link to Fellowship webpage: http://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/faculty/osgoode-catalyst-fellowship


The remuneration is (i thought) quite good – I hope that readers will  apply or encourage others to apply or at least circulate widely.  Osgoode is looking to contribute to a diverse, engaged legal academy – this Fellowship is one way we hope to do that.