PhD Scholarship Position in Administrative Law at The Faculty of Law

Uppsala University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position. The deadline for applying is March 01, 2019.

Administrative law is a central area of public law. General administrative law encompasses issues relating to the structure of administrative organisations, decision content and procedure, such as administrative process issues, and also issues of legal security connected with handling of, and decision-making in, administrative cases. Other issues included in the area relate to municipal law and individuals' data privacy; examples are processing of personal data, and public information access and secrecy.

Matters concerning state governance and control of administration, private individuals' legal security, duties of the authorities and individuals' rights, and accountability are other examples of central issues in the area, which is undergoing constant change. The expanding public administration performed by individuals, an increased emphasis on individuals' rights and other social changes are putting regulation of administrative law, and the fundamental values intended to permeate public administration, to the test.

In light of the need for research in general administrative law, the call for applications relates primarily to doctoral projects whose central parts fall within general administrative law. However, the project may specialise in a particular administrative branch of specific administrative law in order to elucidate general issues of administrative law, or otherwise be transdisciplinary.

An employed doctoral student must primarily devote his or her time to his or her own doctoral research. Other duties at the faculty may be included, such as teaching students, working in teaching teams, and administration (no more than 20% of the position). A requirement for employment as a doctoral candidate is that the applicant must have been admitted to doctoral studies. The regulations governing the employment of doctoral candidates and admittance to doctoral studies are found in Chapter 5, Sections 1-7, and Chapter 7, Sections 34-41, of the Higher Education Ordinance, and in the general study plan for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University.

2) in Sweden or abroad, have acquired knowledge equivalent to the degrees mentioned in 1). In evaluating whether the knowledge is sufficient, consideration must be given to what is required to successfully benefit from the doctoral programme in the specific subject area.

The overall purpose of the doctoral studies is to provide future newly qualified doctors of laws with good prospects for a successful career within or outside of higher education. This includes in-depth knowledge of the chosen subject in the field of research, a capacity for independent and critical thinking, proficiency in scientific methods and modes of working, an ability to identify interesting and researchable issues, teaching skills and the ability to express himself or herself well both orally and in writing, an ability to operate in an international context and an ability to understand and deal with ethical issues concerning research.

Admission is based on an evaluation of the applicant's capacity to successfully complete the doctoral studies. The evaluation is primarily focused on the project description as well as the scientific written material (published or not published). Analytical ability, ability to structure the material and to independently work on the proposed project, and the project's news value, is paramount. In addition to the written material, other merits, such as grades, diplomas, completed courses etc., may also be of importance in the assessment. Further, the applicant's capacity to cooperate in different ways, e.g. with teaching colleagues, may be taken into consideration as well as the Faculty's needs to recruit doctoral candidates in all subject areas.

A statement from a potential supervisor or, alternatively, a letter of recommendation or contact details for at least one reference person (e.g. university teacher or employer)

In order to be admitted, the applicant needs a statement from a professor or an associate professor at the Faculty of Law in Uppsala, stating that he or she is willing to supervise the proposed project. If a statement from a potential supervisor is not attached to the application, the Faculty of Law will, if possible, obtainsuch a statement for prioritised projects. When the application does not include a statement, aletter of recommendation or contact details for a reference person may be of particular importance.


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