JustSites, an ERC funded project in iCourts (Centre of Excellence for International Courts) Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, is looking for a talented PhD candidate to be part of a larger, collective research team. The three-year PhD scholarship is fully funded. In particular, we are looking for innovative and original ideas that combine law and other related disciplines with the goal of producing new knowledge on international criminal justice.
Successful candidates can start 1 October, 2019.
About a PhD at JustSites
The Global Sites of International Criminal Justice (JustSites) is a new research project (begun January 2019) funded by a Starting Grant (StG-802053) awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the collective research project pushes beyond courts to investigate the larger formation of "sites" that collectively structure and give direction to international criminal justice and its battle to end impunity for international crimes.
JustSites studies the constellation of localities in which international criminal justice is produced, received and has impact. Building an innovative scientific vocabulary, the project understands the "justice sites" to be localities in which the political, legal and professional activities that collectively create international criminal justice are developed. The justice sites include locations in which forensic exhumations are carried out, NGO offices in conflict zones, foreign ministries, private law firms, media outlets, academic research centers, and the international criminal courts. These sites are closely related, and all depend on and compete with each other to define the direction of international criminal justice. Together they form a constellation of sites that drives developments in this field of law. It is this constellation that is the research object of JustSites.
With its analysis of the constellation of justice sites, the project moves beyond the conventional focus on courts and their context to investigate instead the balances of authority and power that affect the relations between the justice sites. We are looking for a PhD student who can define his/her own project within the larger framework of JustSites and can contribute to the wider research endavour. In particular we are interested in critical and empirically embedded projects that can study the function of specific justice sites and their relation to other localities in which international criminal justice is produced and has effects. As such, we invite applications that target the role of specific justice sites in the larger constellation or the power relations between specific sites of justice.
The JustSites project is run by Principal Investigator, associate professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen and shares important research infrastructure with iCourts. iCourts strives to be the globally leading hub for research on international courts and their impact on law, politics and society. The centre’s research is marked by curiosity: It is problem-driven, and often uses empirical and interdisciplinary approaches, including a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. JustSites generally follows this problem-driven approach, but pushes empirically and theoretically beyond the courts to investigate them as just one site or institution in a larger field of practice, symbolism and power.
The iCourts Doctoral Training program
The PhD recruited for the JustSites project will be enrolled in the Faculty of Law’s general doctoral training programme. Some of the requirements will however be fulfilled by participating in a specific iCourts’ research training programme that includes an intensive summer school.
The Faculty’s training programme provides PhD students with a general set of skills for developing their research and career, something that will also be supported by the supervisor of the PhD. This programme involves coursework, international networking, and a research visit at a relevant research institution abroad, as well as teaching tasks. For details and requirements, please see: www.jura.ku.dk/phd/english/
iCourts’ own research training programme is tailored specifically to provide PhD students with advanced research tools for exploring key issues related to international law, politics and society. The PhDs of JustSites will also be part of this programme that can be moulded to fit research on international criminal justice. The programme includes a research stay with iCourts and JustSites targeted collaborator, interdisciplinary supervision and the possibility of obtaining a dual-degree with one of our collaborators, subject to approval by the partner institution. PhD students at JustSites are expected to present their work at leading international conferences, participate actively in the centre’s activities and contribute to the centre’s overall research agenda. More information is available here.
The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment.
Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications (see http://studyindenmark.dk/study-options/admission-requirements ). Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see http://studyindenmark.dk/study-options/the-danish-way-of-teaching-1/the-dan… )
Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis.
Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English.
Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test. http://jura.ku.dk/phd/english/applicants/language-requirements/
Successful PhD candidates are required to
Actively engage in the research environment at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project;
Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme; (http://jura.ku.dk/pdf/forskningsservice/phd/PhD-programme-curriculum.pdf/ )
Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law
Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty
Click ‘Apply now’ below to be taken to the online application form.
We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:
Research project proposal. This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field (maximum 6 pages excluding bibliography). The document must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 and all margins (right, left, top and bottom) of 2 cm.
Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages).
Diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish.
Grading scale. A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in other language than English or Danish.
Supervisor. The name of a member of academic staff whom you wish to have assigned as your supervisor. You do not need to contact the supervisor but simply make a request in your application.
Letter of motivation. Explaining the choice of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project and outlines how the project fits within the research priorities at the Faculty (maximum 1 page).
Documentation of English level. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.
Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.
The recruitment process
Following the application deadline the Dean will pre-select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the recommendation of the Selection Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for further assessment in line with the Faculty’s recruitment needs as described in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment of the applicant’s educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty’s research agenda, and other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any previous academic publications etc.).
All applicants are then notified by the HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment stage. This assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
Terms of employment
Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation.
Closing date for applications
The closing date for applications is 28 July 2019, 23:59 GMT +1.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If all the required documents are not applied, your application will be rejected.
University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.
Interviews are expected to take place in September.
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