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ESR 9 Mobilising international law for cross-border tax justice

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This project investigates the way in which international law shapes the relationship between states’ human rights obligations with regard to achieving the SDG’s and their tax policies. Its aim is to understand how international law does not only constrain state action in order to protect the human rights of individuals, but is simultaneously implicated in maintaining a system that undermines the effective and progressive realisation of these rights. The project contributes to a better understanding of the way in which extra-territorial obligations of developed states to respect, protect and fulfil socio-economic rights of persons living in developing states can be operationalised in order to end poverty, promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and reduce inequality within and amongst countries.

Recruiting University:
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Netherlands

Partner University:
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Galina Cornelisse (Kooijmans Institute for Law and Governance, VU Amsterdam)
Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn, (Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB)

The project involves a strong collaboration between VU Amsterdam and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at RUB and therefore includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in Bochum for six months in total.
Further secondments are planned at the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, SOMO (3 months) and as field research period (3 months) supervised by Moi University (Kenya).

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme or a comparable university programme in Law with an above-average GPA. Specialisations in international law or transnational law would be an advantage. Familiarity with international tax law and/or human rights law would be an additional plus.

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Ruhr University Bochum
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D-44789 Bochum

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