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iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is launching its new research agenda and invites applications for five fully funded three-year PhD scholarships. We are looking for innovative and original ideas that combine law and other related disciplines. We are particularly interested in projects that can advance the iCourts 2.0 agenda, as well as the agenda of our new ERC projects.
Successful candidates can start June 1, 2019.
iCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation and, among others, the European Research Council. The centre generally explores the growing role of international courts and institutions and their place in a globalizing legal order. iCourts strives to be the globally leading hub for research on international courts and their impact on law, politics and society. Its research agenda reaches beyond international courts, however, and also explores how ideas and practices of international and European law shape societies. The centre also hosts two ERC Starting Grant projects, one of which examines European constitutional imaginaries (IMAGINE). More information on this project can be found here. The other (JustSites), which will be launched next year, explores the interconnectivity of international criminal law.
The centre’s research is marked by curiosity: It is problem-driven, and often uses empirical and interdisciplinary approaches, including a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods.
iCourts’ new research agenda – iCourts 2.0 – specifically targets questions related to the relative and often contested power of international courts in the domains of law, politics and society. Envisaged projects include explorations of how national and international contexts – actors, networks, institutions, entrenched ideas of law and legal practice or social order, etc. – influence the de facto power of international courts and law. As a basic science research centre, we also host projects with more general methodological and theoretical aims related to international courts, institutions and law. Previous research at iCourts has for example developed new ways of using of big data in legal analysis, reconceptualised key ideas of law, such as authority and legal realism, and conducted pioneering empirical studies of little known international courts. iCourts 2.0 seeks to further invigorate such basic scientific exploration. An example is the new ERC Project IMAGINE, which will provide the first-ever synthesis and critical evaluation of the core theories of EU constitutionalism by theorizing their mutual relationship and the ways in which they have influenced each other and the constitutional praxis of the EU. It will provide a pioneering intellectual history of EU constitutionalism together with the study of its emergence and reception in selected Member States.
iCourts 2.0 seeks to explain and make intelligible the relative and often contested power of international courts, institutions and law. While the current resistance to international courts and law is interesting in this regard, we generally encourage projects that more broadly explore the power of international courts in relation to law, politics and society.
We are looking for projects that address these issues, or issues related thereto. In all cases, we are interested in comparative projects that analyse more than one form of international law and adjudication or how international courts cooperate with or affect multiple regions or states. We welcome both original project proposals and projects that aim at addressing the following ideas or related ideas:
The iCourts Doctoral Training program
PhD students at iCourts are enrolled in the Faculty of Law’s general doctoral training programme. Some of the requirements will however be fulfilled by participating in a specific iCourts’ research training programme.
The Faculty’s general training programme provides PhD students with a general set of skills for developing their research and career. This programme involves coursework, international networking, and a research visit at a relevant research institution abroad, as well as teaching tasks. Details and requirements can be found on the Faculty's website
iCourts’ own research training programme is tailored specifically to the iCourts’ research agenda and seeks to provide PhD students with advanced research tools for exploring key issues related to international law, politics and society. The programme includes a research stay with an iCourts’ targeted collaborator, interdisciplinary supervision and the possibility of obtaining a dual-degree with one of our collaborators, subject to approval by the partner institution. PhD students at iCourts are expected to present their work at leading international conferences, participate actively in the centre’s activities and contribute to the centre’s overall research agenda. More information is available here.
The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment.
Successful PhD candidates are required to
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We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:
Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.
The recruitment process
Following the application deadline the Dean will pre-select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for further assessment in line with the Faculty’s recruitment needs as described in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment of the applicant’s educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty’s research agenda, and other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any previous academic publications etc.).
All applicants are then notified by the HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment stage. This assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
Terms of employment
Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.
Closing date for applications
The closing date for applications is 14 December 2018, 23:59 GMT +1.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If all the required documents are not applied, your application will be rejected.
Interviews are expected to take place in March/April.
Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.