Vacancy Managing Editor at the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights

The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, one of the world’s leading peer reviewed
journals, is looking for a new managing editor for a period of at least one and-
a-half years.

Function Description

The managing editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) is
responsible for the coordination and management of the entire publication process,
starting at the receipt of a new submission all the way through to sending the final
version of each edition to the publisher. The managing editor works closely with the
editorial board, prepares and takes minutes at the editorial board’s meetings, and
executes the editorial board’s decisions. The managing editor also has close contact
with authors and the external peer review board. The majority of managing editor’s
tasks are performed online but it is imperative that the managing editor be present for
the editorial board meetings, which are held 5-6 times per year.

Function Requirements

The successful candidate will have the following experience and skills:

  • Ability to communicate professionally in writing;
  • Ability to oversee and coordinate lengthy, time-sensitive and complex
  • processes;
  • Native-level English skills;
  • Ability to work with precision, diligence and speed;
  • Previous experience or affinity with editing and/or publishing of academic
  • writing;
  • Based in the Netherlands.

Institution Description

The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, published by Intersentia, focuses on all
matters dealing with international human rights. The NQHR is closely linked with the
Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University.

Further Information

  • Start date: 1 June 2013 (but must be able to attend trainings in March,
  • April and May of 2013).
  • Type: Part-time (approximately 1,5 days a week).
  • Remuneration: A moderate stipend is available. Formal employment with the
  • university is not available.
  • Applicants due by: 15 February 2013.
  • Contact: Laura Henderson at

Please send a cover letter (maximum one page) and CV to Laura Henderson

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Professor of International Law at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University. Previously, he was a lecturer of Public International Law at Utrecht University, Senior Research Associate with the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), and researcher with the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL). He is also a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University, Xiamen University’s China International Water Law Programme (China), the China Institute for Boundary and Ocean Studies of Wuhan University (China), the Law School of the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai (China), the Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy), and the Association pour la promotion des droits de l'homme en Afrique centrale (APDHAC) of the Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Yaoundé, Cameroon). Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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