Professor of Legal Studies – Tenure track (Open Rank)

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Professor of Legal Studies – Tenure track (Open Rank)
NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi invites applications for a tenure-track/open-rank faculty appointment in Legal Studies, Social Science Division with appointment starting in August 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year. 

We will consider applicants from legal scholars with an active research agenda in all areas of law, but we are especially interested in those whose research and teaching include international and comparative dimensions . We particularly welcome applications from female scholars as well as from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

The undergraduate major in Legal Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi poses the broad philosophical, cultural, social, economic, political, religious, and ethical questions that prove indispensable both to a deep understanding of law and to liberal arts education. What is justice? What is Law? How is it organized? Who and what constitutes the arbiter of justice? What are the effects of historical, cultural, religious, and national settings on law and justice? Is the developing global society on the path to a just and moral order, and what role can the law play? What are the legal issues raised by global concerns such as those about the environment, technology, and trade?

The Legal Studies curriculum design responds, in part, to the increasing globalization of law through a consideration of issues such as climate change, the rule of law, international business, global governance, law and media, human rights, migration, technology and security, and law and ethics. At the same time, recognizing that law maintains a local focus, the curriculum treats the broad questions raised by globalization through the study of particular examples drawn from common law, continental law and other legal systems.  The major in Legal Studies is intended as an approach to the study of law rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The integration of Legal Studies with liberal arts education enhances the opportunity for cross-disciplinary study. The Program in Legal Studies is situated within both the Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities, and it thus aims to serve as a bridge between these divisions. The curriculum aspires to foster in students the readiness and ability to act in a truly human manner which entails qualities such as serving as an advocate for individual rights and as an artisan of the common good.

About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is a pioneer of higher education in a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, while advancing cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. Part of the NYU global network, NYU Abu Dhabi offers an outstanding liberal arts and science education to students from the United Arab Emirates, United States, and around the world, focusing on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research that pushes the frontiers of knowledge forward and responds in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local questions. NYU Abu Dhabi advances NYU as a model university for the 21st century and contributes in multiple ways to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence.  Our faculty are the engines that sustain our inclusive environment; NYUAD students come from more than 115 countries, with no single one nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Likewise, our faculty are highly diverse and community-minded: our modern campus is home to over 320 faculty who represent more than 45 different nationalities, all of whom bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. Research is advanced by over 400 highly qualified research staff, who are likewise drawn from all over the world.

As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students, and providing an intellectually rich environment. Students are drawn from around the globe, surpassing all traditional academic benchmarks. The NYU Abu Dhabi undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other honors. 

Working for NYUAD
A world-class institution deserves world-class benefits. At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work, it’s your home and in order for you to research, teach, and thrive, we’re offering a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. Start with generous relocation allowances to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by competitive salaries, housing and transportation allowances, and educational assistance for your dependents. Health and wellness services round out our offerings, plus more.

Click here for more information on benefits for you and your dependents. All benefits are subject to eligibility criteria and dependent on the duration of the appointment.

Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent degree in law, and they must have – or have the potential to develop – a strong record of scholarship. A clear commitment to undergraduate teaching is also essential.

Application Instructions
To apply for this position, please submit the following documents, to:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Statement of Teaching Interests
  • Recent Teaching Evaluations (if available) 
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Research Interests 
  • The names and emails addresses of three references who will be asked to upload letters confidentially through Interfolio, NYUAD's online application database. 

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will interview virtually in Spring 2021.

NYUAD is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people. 

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.