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Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow, International Development Law Unit
Reports to: SARChI Chair, Prof Danny Bradlow
Date of commencement: 1 January 2018
Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Post-Doctoral Fellows in the International Development Law Unit play two roles: (1) Academic Advisor to the students in the LLM in Trade and Investment Law in Africa programme (2) Researcher in the International Development Law Unit (IDLU).



  • Position is a full-time position (40 hours/week)
  • Appointment is for 1 year and is renewable based on satisfactory performance

Academic Advisor to Students in the LLM in Trade and Investment Law in Africa: 

  • Manage admissions process for LLM students
  • Manage scholarship and financial support programme
  • Arrange lecturers and all related academic activities for the LLM programme
  • Arrange assignments and exams for the LLM programme
  • Provide academic advice to LLM students on their mini-dissertations and on all other academic matters relating to the LLM programme


  • Work with IDLU research team on research projects in the areas of global economic governance and business and human rights
  • Work with IDLU research team organizing conferences, workshops and other activities related to IDLU research projects
  • Conduct independent research and publish in the IDLU research areas


  • Completed LLD degree or equivalent
  • Knowledge of international trade and investment law
  • Publication record
  • Fluency in English: excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Experience working in a multicultural setting
  • Personal commitment to human rights and development
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Confident, motivated, proactive, quick thinker and independent worker
  • Proficiency in the basic Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)


  • This position is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is linked to the continued funding of the SARChI Chair of International Development Law and African Economic Relations.
  • Remuneration is based on NRF rules and is R200 000.00
  • This is not a University of Pretoria position and so does not have any associated benefits (such as medical insurance, pension contribution etc.).


Send a cover letter, writing sample and CV including three references to carole.viljoen@up.ac.za on or before 6 October 2017.


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