PhD Student

Last application date
Jan 07, 2024 23:30
Department
RE21 - Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
You hold a university degree in history, law, or other related field that has been completed with above-average success. Applicants should hold a master’s degree at the time the PhD contract is signed.
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

As a PhD Candidate in legal history, you will analyse the historical use of emergency powers and emergency legislation during the 20th century and early 21st century in Europe. The project EMERGE hypothesizes that the enactment of emergency legislation determines substantial and lasting changes to fundamental rights, the principle of the rule of law as well as the commitment to liberal values of equality before the law and universalism of rights. This hypothesis will be tested against five key moments in the constitutional and legal history of five European jurisdictions during the last century (c.1914-c.2020). You will be part of an international team of researchers analysing the historical context, the law and the practice of emergency in five countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Romania, and the United Kingdom). The first PhD position is concerned with Belgium, the second PhD position with Germany (including the GDR). An appropriate level of familiarity with the law, language(s), legal and political culture of the relevant country is required.

Your key responsibility is to develop and complete a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of the Project Leader and within the framework of the project. Doctoral students are expected to publish and disseminate their research findings in close co-operation with the other research group members.

Job profile

  • You hold a university degree in history, law, or other related field that has been completed with above-average success. Applicants should hold a master’s degree at the time the PhD contract is signed.
  • A good knowledge of English is expected. Knowledge of additional languages relevant to the regional focus is required, as follows: Belgium (Dutch and French); Germany (German).
  • Your curriculum vitae shows the potential to conduct research internationally at a high level. You work rigorously and are able to handle deadlines. You work independently and have a strong interest in theoretical, interdisciplinary, archival, and comparative work. You have the ability to play an active collaborative role in the research group.

OUR OFFER

  • We offer a full-time position as a doctoral scholarship holder consisting of an initial period of 12 months - which, after positive evaluation, is extended to a period of maximum 48 months in total.
  • Employment can be commenced at the earliest from 01/02/2024
  • The scholarship amount is 100% of the net salary of an AAP member in equal family circumstances. The individual grant amount is determined by the Personnel and Organisation Directorate on the basis of family status and seniority.  etc. 

How to apply

The application should be in English and should contain the following documents:

  • A Cover letter naming your research project and explaining to what extent your profile meets the selection criteria.
  • A detailed CV including a list of any publications you might have.
  • Copies of your university certificates.
  • An outline of the planned research project (up to 3 pages, not including bibliography). In this document you explain briefly the theoretical background and the aims of your research in the history of emergency powers and legislation of the respective country/jurisdiction.

Your application must be submitted to  Prof Dr. Cosmin Cercel (Cosmin.Cercel@UGent.be) by the closing date of 7 January 2023. Outstanding candidates will be invited to an interview.

You are encouraged to contact project leader Prof Dr. Cosmin Cercel (Cosmin.Cercel@UGent.be) for any inquiries regarding the project’s scientific aspects.