Research assistant in International and operational law at SDU

Institutionen för statsvetenskap och juridik

The Swedish Defence University is an internationally renowned university in the area of defence, crisis management and security. We offer a unique academic environment where military and civilian researchers, teachers and students interact. We educate and train top-level executives, experts, and researchers for the task of analyzing and managing current and future crises, security issues and conflicts. The university educates all military officers in the Swedish armed forces and leads the academic progression of the military profession. We conduct research in the areas of Law with a focus on International and Operational Law, Leadership and Command & Control, Military History, Political Science, Systems Science for Defence and Security and War Studies.

Our work includes research and education on the rules of international humanitarian law, including the right to use military force (ius ad bellum), international humanitarian law aspects of international peace operations, the laws of war (ius in bello), human rights in armed conflict, peace operations and other crisis situations, and accountability issues in international military operations at different levels of conflict and in different contexts.

The international humanitarian law research is an integral part of the overall research body at the Swedish Defence University, which is characterised by diversity and a shared focus on the conditions of crisis and armed conflict. The integration of international humanitarian law research is expressed in interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with researchers from other departments at the Swedish Defence University. In addition, we collaborate with other research institutes and initiatives, both in Sweden and abroad.

The field of international and operational law is defined broadly to encompass international and domestic legal aspects of defence, crisis management and security. As far as international law is concerned, it ranges from the law regulating the use of force (ius ad bellum), the law of armed conflict (ius in bello), and the law of peace operations, to the law of human rights in armed conflict, peace operations and other crisis situations, and the law of international responsibility. In domestic law our focus is on public law, especially constitutional and administrative law with regards to emergency management and total defence. 

The Centre for international and operational law is now looking for a research assistant for the time 1 January 2024 – 30 June 2024.


You will support two research-projects, one on protection of civilians under the law of armed conflict and the other on prisoner of war status in internationalised armed conflicts.


Within the two projects you will work on collecting, preparing and analysing material, conduct literature searches, edit texts and conduct literature overviews. Administrative tasks and tasks related to teaching may be part of you work. 

Who are you?

You have as a minimum a bachelor degree in law and are familiar with international operational law, in particular its sub-fields of the law of armed conflict and human rights law. For this position we need you to be thorough and independent. You have good knowledge in English and a well-developed ability to express yourself in English both verbally and in writing. If you have experience from working in research-projects, writing reports and knowledge in the specific areas of the project that is a merit.

The Swedish Defence University strives for equality and diversity in all occupations. We welcome applicants from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is self-evident to us that within an inclusive working environment our employees should be able to combine their working life with active free-time.


This position is a temporary position on fulltime (100%) until 30 June 2024. We would like you to start as soon as possible.

Salary and benefits 

Salaries are set individually at the University.

Information about benefits for employees at the Swedish Defence University can be found here.


Your application, which consists of a CV and a personal letter. 

The application is submitted via the Swedish Defence University's recruitment system by clicking on the link "Log in and apply for the job" on the advertising page. Mark your application with reference number HF/HR279/2023.

The complete application must be received by the Swedish Defence University no later than the last day of application at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


Professor Jann Kleffner,, 08 – 553 425 00

HR-partner Christoffer Svensson,, 08 – 553 425 00

To get in contact with union representatives please send an e-mail to, OFR/ and OFR/

Welcome with your application at the latest 2023-12-31! We will start interviewing when applications come in so please apply as soon as possible! 

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Snarast eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Individuell lön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number HF/HR 279/2023
Published 11.Dec.2023
Last application date 31.Dec.2023 11:59 PM CET

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