We are looking for

The Collaborative Doctoral Programme attracts promising researchers keen to explore the opportunities legal and political theory offer to critically engage with law in its contemporary global environment. Indicatively this will include: the history and genealogy of legal concepts; the (trans-national) impact of policy-making and legislation; the nature, scope and boundaries of legal obligations; and the justification, operationalisation and effectiveness of human rights. Typically, candidates are expected to have a first degree in law, philosophy or the social and political sciences.


The mobility and participation fees amount to €4.000 annually for a period of three years. There is no differentiation between EU and non-EU students. The fees are to be paid in three instalments: €4.000 before the registration for the first year and €4.000 each year prior to the beginning of the respective academic year.

Language requirements

All non-native speakers must demonstrate their English proficiency with:

  1. A test result in the International English Testing System (IELTS, 7 pt minimum) or
  2. The test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based test 100pt minimum, with the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 20, Listening: 20, Speaking: 20, Writing: 20
  3. Students with a first or second degree with the English language as a medium of instruction do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test report, but need a statement from their university that their education language was English.

Application procedure

All applications should be made using this application form and should include all the documents mentioned in the checklist on the last page of this form.

Application forms as well as all original documents should be scanned and sent to by 15 April. Please name every scanned document with your last name/name document (Smith, John/CV; Smith, John/master diploma, etc). Non-European applicants are advised to send in their applications before 15 March in order to ensure a timely visa procedure.

The programme starts 1 October of each calendar year. The programme will accept a maximum of 10 students a year


Upon your acceptance in the programme, you are requested to pay a non-refundable registration fee of €400, covering administrative costs. This fee will be deducted from your mobility and participation fee of the first year (€4.000 - €400 = €3.600)

All transactions costs must be borne by sender