Doctoral Positions in Law
University of Gothenburg Department of Law

Two Doctoral Positions in Law

Ref PAR 2020/1512


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The Department of Law invites applications for two doctoral positions in Law.

The Department of Law is part of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. The Department of Law conducts exciting interdisciplinary research and education in the subject of law. The Department has expanded greatly over the last few years and it is steadily growing with new researchers and lecturers joining the staff. Today, there are more than 90 employees, approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students and around 20 doctoral students. More information about the department is at

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This is a full-time salaried position. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are set out in SFS 1993:100. The doctoral position will start in August 2021. The period of employment is initially one year of full-time studies, with the possibility of extension. The total length of the doctoral position is 48 months of full-time studies.

Doctoral students shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Doctoral students may work to a limited extent, at a maximum of 20% of full-time, with educational and administrative tasks at the Department of Law. In such case, the study period will be extended with the corresponding period of time.

The successful candidates will be admitted to the LLD programme in one of the department's doctoral subjects: legal theory and philosophy, public law, civil law, criminal law, international law, law of procedure and tax law.


The doctoral positions are open to persons who are not admitted to a doctoral programme. In order to be admitted to the LLD-programme the candidate must meet the requirements for both general and specific eligibility. Furthermore, the applicant must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme.

An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if he or she:

  • has been awarded a degree at advanced level (second-cycle qualification)
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS credits were awarded at advanced level (second-cycle), or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements if he or she has been awarded a Swedish juristexamen or corresponding, i.e. LLB degree (min. 3 years full time studies, 180 ECTS credits) and an LLM degree (min. 1,5 years full time studies, 90 ECTS credits including a thesis of min. 15 ECTS credits). When assessing whether the qualifications are sufficient, particular consideration shall be given to the requirements to successfully carry out the doctoral studies within a specific legal subject area.

Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of Swedish or English.

Applicants must have completed the necessary degrees (LLB and LLM) or must have passed all courses required for the necessary degrees on the 25 February 2021, at the latest.


In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, Section 5, selection among the qualified applicants will be primarily based on the assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete the doctoral programme. During the selection process, an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications, the planned project's qualities and the Department's ability to provide necessary support is carried out.

The following aspects will be considered when the project outline is assessed: the applicant's knowledge of previous and current research within the field; the scholarly basis of the research questions; the adequacy of indicated methods; and the feasibility of the project within the framework of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

If two or more applicants have equal qualifications, gender equality and other institutional priorities, such as subject area, will be taken into account. The Department is looking forward to applications in procedural law and criminal law.

The decision about the admission to postgraduate studies is made by the Head of Department upon recommendation from the Department's Research Committee.

Interviews are going to be held on 6, 10 and 11 of May 2021.

Application procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the closing date, 25 February 2021. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The application have to be submitted electronically in the online recruitment system no later than 25 February 2021.

The application must include:

  1. A CV of no more than one page
  2. A project outline of no more than eight pages, excluding References
  3. Master thesis in full text
  4. Application for admission to doctoral studies – please, use the form at the website
  5. Certified copies of the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees including Diploma supplement providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades.
  1. Proof of sufficient knowledge of English or Swedish

All degrees, diploma supplements and certificates must be certified and translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English.

Project outline

The project outline shall set out the questions, theories, methods and sources of relevance for the project.

The project outline should contain the following headings:

  1. Aim and background including literature review
  2. Research problem/ research questions
  3. Method
  4. Procedure
  5. Expected results
  6. Originality and relevance of the project
  7. Reference list, (please, use the Oxford or the Harvard system format for in-text citations and the reference list)

For further information regarding the position, please contact:

Max Lyles, Vice head of Department, postgraduate studies, 

Joachim Åhman, Head of Department, 

Eva-Maria Svensson, Deputy Head of Department, chair Research Committee, 

Filip Strandberg Hassellind, doctoral student, doctoral representative int the Research Committee,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.



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