Adjunct Professor, Introduction to (International) Legal Theory and History, Bachelor in International and European Law

Deadline 28-03-2023

The Bachelor in International and European Law at the Brussels School of Governance invites applications for the position of Adjunct Professor for the Fall Semester, beginning August 2023. 


Desired Skills and Experience 

  • PhD in law
  • Deep interest in and knowledge of international law, theories of international law and legal history
  • Prior teaching experience in an interactive discussion-based classroom is highly desirable
  • Excellent English skills both written and spoken

The Course

The course is part of the first semester of the BA in International and European Law and introduces the student to the phenomena of law and international law from a theoretical and an historical perspective. The first part of the course provides a general introduction to legal theory and history. On the one hand, the course primarily looks at legal systems in ancient, medieval and modern Europe. On the other hand, the central debates and concepts within legal theory are discussed. While the first part of the course stands on its own to provide the students with elementary knowledge, it also sets the stage for understanding the development of international law. The second part of the course focuses on international legal theory and history. The student will look at the emergence of international law among European polities themselves and in their encounter with non-European polities. The course will thereby focus on essential concepts and their continued relevance today such as territory, sovereignty, jurisdiction, the sources of law, justice, the individual, and enforcement. In addition to elementary notions of law, the student will get acquainted with ways to look at (international) law beyond the practitioners’ ways of ‘doing law’. To that end, attention is paid throughout the classes to constructions of cultural difference, inequality and wealth, as well as gender.

The course will be taught during the Fall  semester, which runs from end of August to beginning of December. Typically, a course consists of 3 teaching hours per week plus one office hour per week. As law 102 is a first year course, it is actually taught in two blocs of 1h30 (with a short break half way).

The contracts are on an independent basis ("indépendant" in French, "zelfstandige" in Dutch). This opportunity is ideal for academic professionals who would like to maintain a link to a university, and who would like to share their insights with young and motivated students within a strong multicultural environment.


Work Conditions and Work/Life Balance 

We seek to attract the best, brightest and most ambitious scholars with a passion for innovative teaching. We therefore places high value on excellence in research, teaching innovation and on entrepreneurial spirit for collectively advancing the development of the School and all its departments. Yet, the School also strives to allow its staff to flourish in an environment that values intellectual curiosity and an appropriate work/life balance. 


About the Brussels School of Governance, Brussels 

Vesalius College, one of the founding entities of the Brussels School of Governance is a US-style Liberal Arts College with a strong commitment to innovative teaching as well as conceptual and policy-oriented research in the areas of business/economics, communications, international affairs/international relations and international law. It offers 3-year Bachelor programmes in Business, International & European Law and International Affairs as well Master programmes in Global Security and Diplomacy, all taught in English. Founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Boston University, Vesalius College offers American-style education that includes small classes, high teacher/student ratios and participatory classroom experiences. The School has a highly international student and faculty body and promotes ‘Student-centered, Theory-Guided Educational Excellence with Practical implications’ (STEP) with strong links to Brussels’ business, legal, media and policymaking communities. 

For questions about the position, please contact professor Kristin Henrard, program director of the BA International and European Law,

For more information about the School; please visit or contact Dr. Sven Van Kerckhoven, Vice-Dean for Education (


How to apply? 

To apply, send your CV, a letter of motivation and, if possible, a list of two referees by 28 March 2023 to, with 2023 - International legal theory and history in the subject line.

Interviews with selected candidates will take place during April 2023.