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1-2 PhD Scholarships in Procedural Law or Private International Law

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in international law at Lund University. The funds for this position are available for four years. Applications are invited up to September 26, 2018.

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world's top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malm. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Law is one of Lund Universitys four founding faculties. The Faculty has approximately 2 000 students enrolled in first and second-cycle courses and programmes, around 160 staff members including 40 doctoral students.

Information about the faculty can be found at www.jur.lu.se.

The Faculty of Law is offering at least one doctoral student position for a Doctor of Laws Degree, in first hand within the research area procedural law, and in second hand within the research area private international law. The project may with advantage apply a Swedish, Nordic, and/or European perspective.

Procedural law comprises trials before civil, criminal and administrative courts and procedures in executive authorities. Procedural law also comprises mediation, negotiation/settlement, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Private international law concerns civil and commercial relationships connected with more than one country. The central issue is the designation of applicable law, but the subject covers also the special procedural problems arising out of disputes having international background, such as questions of jurisdiction and of recognition and enforcement of foreign decisions.

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies.

Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration. Before a doctorate has been awarded, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full time post. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 2)

Researchers, teachers and doctoral students at the Faculty are expected to contribute to a dynamic research environment as well as to other Faculty activities, and to perform work primarily in the workplace provided by the Faculty.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships. (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 3)

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

The special requirements are fulfilled by those who have completed a law programme and obtained the degree Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/juristexamen). The special requirements may also be fulfilled by those who can demonstrate other educational or particular professional experience where this is judged to provide the necessary qualification for doctoral studies comparable to that provided by the degree of Master of Laws (juris kandidatexamen/juristexamen regarding both the subject for doctoral study and general legal education of importance for that subject.

Applicants with Swedish juristexamen/juris kandidatexamen degrees must have attained a grade average of Ba in the compulsory courses of the undergraduate programme. Applicants holding other degrees must have attained in principle an equivalent grade average in comparable portions of the degree programme. Only where very special circumstances apply may the Faculty Board approve exemption from this rule.

The applicant must have obtained the degree of Master of Laws or the equivalent no later than 26 September 2018.

For regulations concerning employment of Doctoral Students etc, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 sections 1-7.

For regulations concerning admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes, see Higher Education Ordinance chapter 7 sections 34-41.

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 section 5, chapter 7 sections 35, 41).

The applicant's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will be assessed with reference to the selection criteria stated in the general study plan for third-cycle studies at the Faculty of Law, which are given in no particular order of importance.

- quality and content of the applicants previous written work, such as a masters thesis

- ability to participate actively in the facultys research environment

- ability to describe, question and discuss the current state of research

- sufficient clarity and logical coherence in the formulation of the arm and the research questions

- capacity for creativity and innovation in the formulation of the research questions and approaches

Application should be submitted through Lund University job application portal .

Your application should contain a curriculum vitae, grade transcripts, project description, a master thesis or similar degree projects, one or two references (manager, supervisor etc.) and other documents that you wish to submit.

The project description, enclosed in the electronic application, must not exceed 15 000 characters (n.b. – any text that exceeds the 15 000 character limit will not be considered) including spaces, footnotes, list of references and must be written in English, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian (see Guidelines for project description)

The Committee on Doctoral Education will call a limited number of candidates to interviews to be held on 14 November 2018, either by personal meetings or by video conference/telephone. Notification regarding who will be called for an interview is given no later than 11 October. The interview will be based on the project description and is intended to give the research committee an opportunity to gauge each applicant's capacity for research and ability to complete the project described.

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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