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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. After conditional acceptance students should send all original documents to:

Tilburg University
Law School
Secretariat International and European Public Law
Globalisation and legal theory PhD programme
Post Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg

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)

Bank account holder: Universiteit van Tilburg
IBAN-code: NL74 ABNA 06021 42539
Name bank: ABN-Amro Bank NV
Address bank: Postbus 515,  5600 AM  Eindhoven, Netherlands

Reference: Budget code 6300 EIP/Globalisation and legal theory/pre-reg/your family name/your given name
All transactions costs must be borne by sender

The proof of payment needs to be faxed or scanned as soon as possible to the Secretariat of International and European Public Law (see fax and email addresses under contact information). Upon receipt of proof of payment, you will be sent an official letter of acceptance which can be used for your visa application.