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Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) invites applications for an Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Division of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (PPPA) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time tenure track position with a 9-month service period to begin September 16, 2023. The successful candidate will be a scholar specializing in the study of human rights, international law, and/or international organizations.  They will engage in interdisciplinary research and teaching in PPPA Division’s two majors (Law & Policy and Politics Philosophy & Economics) and the Tri-campus Minor in Human Rights. The successful candidate will join a faculty with a shared interest in human rights and social justice, and strong connections with the Center for Human Rights of the University of Washington.  

Positive factors for consideration may include, but are not limited to, expertise in any of the following areas of scholarship:  international or comparative courts and judicial systems, global markets and human rights, global migrations, international law and ethics, technology and human rights, international social movements, legal pluralism, or race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and human rights and international law. All regional specialties beyond the US are welcome. 

Tenure track faculty teach six classes per year. The successful candidate teach  lower-level introductory courses and upper-level courses in international law, law and society, and human rights. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop curriculum in their area of expertise. 

Our division values scholarly and research excellence at the intersection of human rights, international law, and activism, as well as teaching in critical, equity-oriented approaches. You can learn more about the Division, the two majors and six minors we host, and the faculty from our website ( ).  

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was established in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Faculty have access to the resources of the University of Washington, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and equity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and community members find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit

The base salary range for this position will be $8,333-$9,155 per month ($75,000-$82,400 per 9-month academic year), commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. Other compensation associated with this position may include a one-time relocation allowance, if applicable. A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at


The minimum qualification for this position is a PhD (or foreign equivalent degree) in Political Science, International Studies, Global Studies, Sociology, History, Law and Society or related fields by August 2023.  



To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio: 

  • A letter of interest detailing how your teaching, scholarship, and professional service fits with this position. 

  • A curriculum vitae 

  • A current essay or chapter 

  • A statement of research interests (maximum one page) 

  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that explains how your teaching, research, and service or activism support social justice and the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds. If you have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, please note how your work in international law and human rights would further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (maximum one page) 

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness 

  • Contact information for three references able to provide letters of recommendation. 

Questions should be directed to the search chair, Prof. Ben Meiches Compensation is competitive with that of comparable positions and includes UW’s excellent health insurance and retirement benefits. 

Screening of applications will begin on January 20, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information

A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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