Call for Applications: N-EXTLAW Research Internship 


The N-EXTLAW Project is looking for research interns to work with our team. The internship will be for 1-3 days per week over a period of 3-6 months, depending upon the successful applicant’s preferences.  

Applicants do not necessarily need to be based in Amsterdam, as most of the project’s meetings are held online. 

The Project: 

N-EXTLAW is an ERC-funded research project investigating how (private) law can be rethought to help realise a non-extractive, sustainable economy. The project seeks to show how law can contribute to making existing transformative projects, such as prosperity without growth or doughnut economics, politically credible. More specifically, it seeks to demonstrate how law, and private law in particular, can be used to nurture and further mainstream existing economic practices that already build on the environmental and social aspirations embodied by such projects.  

You can read more about the project’s aims and its methodological approach (Participatory Action Research) on our website here

The Internship: 

The internship will involve conducting independent research into a specific legal topic central to the drive for a socio-ecological transformation of the current economic model. These can be topics in private law such as social enterprise or commons and collective ownership. They can also be public law topics such as subsidies and taxes, or experimental regulation for non-extractive economic practices. Finally, they may also be more theoretical topics such as the concept of non-extraction or the concept of profit.

The N-EXTLAW team will select and assign the intern’s research topic, however we are interested in hearing which areas the applicant is more interested in. 

The main tasks for the internship will include independent literature research, empirical data analysis and the production of a piece of written output (e.g. a working paper or blog). 

The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the team (consisting of a PI, Assistant Professor, Post-doctoral researcher, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant), participating in team meetings and having regular supervision. 

To apply, please email the following to with the subject heading ‘Internship Application’. 

  • One Page CV 
  • Motivation Letter (max 500 words) clearly explaining your affinity/interest for the N-EXTLAW Project, why you are suited for the role and which topics within private or public law you would be interested in working on. 

This is an open call for interns, with applicants being assessed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will be invited for a short online interview via Zoom, as part of the application process. 

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